Baking for a cause

A challah bake fundraiser in memory of Arianna Dougan will be held Jan. 30 at Shaare Emeth. The event will raise money for the Spread Ari’s Light Foundation.

By Ellen Futterman, Editor

The second annual challah bake fundraiser forSpread Ari’s Light Foundation will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30 at Congregation Shaare Emeth.

Eleven-year-old Arianna Dougan, better known as Ari, died in November 2017 from neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of cancer that develops in the nerve cells. She had been battling the disease since she was 3 years old.

 Participants will each make two loaves to take home and bake — one to keep and one to give away continuing to spread Ari’s Light. Everyone attending will also receive Jewish Light food contributor Margi Kahn’s challah recipe, a Spread Ari’s Light Foundation apron and a new challah-baking bowl.

A couple of new features have been added to the challah event this year. The first: men and boys are now invited to join. Additionally, VIP tables are now available and come with a challah-baking expert. The cost for these tables, which seat up to eight people, is $520. The cost for a single challah baker is $36. To register, go to

Proceeds from the event will fund the efforts of the Spread Ari’s Light Foundation, which include programs such as dance and movement therapy for children battling cancer as well as supporting the pediatric cancer community.