The Shabbos Project was a plan to conduct a single, simultaneously celebrated Sabbath meal on Friday, October 23. Jews from around the world participated. To create a symbol for this massive event, project leaders conceived of baking the longest challah in the world.
After locating a 20-foot long oven in Brooklyn, volunteers prepared a six-stranded loaf, which has earned a Guinness World Record as the longest braided bread in the world. Tess Cutler writes for Tablet magazine:
Before the official unveiling, the massive challah (the belle of the ball) was covered with a sheet like a veiled bride. At the end of the night, the challah was officially presented, accompanied by a room full of “oohs” and “aahs.”
It took two bakeries, two attempts (the first challah broke), 40 pounds of flour, five gallons of water, and a year of planning to get this baby baking, which was no easy feat. Supplying the dough was Eli Berman of Brooklyn’s Strauss Kosher Bakery while Edward Mafoud of Damascus Bakery generously offered his kosher oven (since apparently no heimishe bakery had an oven big enough).