Shabbat San Diego events coming to Carmel Valley

Shabbat San Diego, a movement that brings Jews in San Diego County together to observe a full traditional Shabbat together as a community, will be holding events in Carmel Valley from Oct. 23-25.

Each place of worship in San Diego will probably emphasize different aspects of Shabbat, but together, participants will create a day of togetherness and rest.

The idea originated in South Africa last year to unite a diverse Jewish community. This year, 35 countries and 340 cities around the world are participating.

At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, San Diego Jewish Academy will host a challah bread-making event. Baking challah is a time-honored tradition, and the hands-on workshop will include instruction on braiding as well as the experience of preparing two oven-ready loaves from scratch. Ingredients will be provided, and participants can take their braided dough home for baking. The event is free, although participants can consider a donation of $5 per challah.

At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, Congregation Beth Am will host a communal outdoor Havdalah service under the stars, with light refreshments and music.

The weekend includes night services and Shabbat dinners at private homes on Friday, Oct. 24, and morning services on Saturday, Oct. 25. Visit