WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year starts at sundown Sunday night, Oct. 2 and that means many Westchester bakeries are busy prepping, churning out loaves of challah.
Round challahs, served on dinner tables throughout the Jewish Holidays, are seen as a reflection of the continuing cycle of seasons symbolizing hope for a sweet year.
For By The Way Bakery in Hastings, known for its gluten-free treats, challah production is much easier thanks to a new state-of-the-art 7,000-plus square foot kitchen in Pleasantville. "We currently anticipate baking hundreds of challahs for the holiday but, whatever the number, we’ll do our best to have challah for every customer who wants one," said Owner Helene Godin. "Last year, we were baking out of our tiny kitchen in Hastings and as a result, we were reluctant to take orders for challah and sold out within an hour."
She said, particularly at her New York City locations with its large Orthodox population, Rosh Hashanah is almost -- but not quite -- as busy as Thanksgiving.
By The Way Bakery is at 574 Warburton Ave., Hastings-On-Hudson, (914) 478-0555.
A sampling of other local options follows, though be sure to call for hours and availability.
- Cherry Lawn Farm Market, 815 Weaver St, New Rochelle, (914) 632-1850
- Enrico's Pastry Shop, 214 E. Hartsdale Ave., Hartsdale, (914) 723-0340
- Eden Kosher Foods , 2558 Central Park Ave.,Yonkers, (914) 268-0800
- Heisler's Bakery, 1321 North Ave., New Rochelle, (914) 235-8201
- Kneaded Bread, 181 N. Main St., Port Chester, (914) 937-9489
- Sammy's Kosher Market, 720 Bedford Rd.. Bedford Hills, (914) 241-4477
- Seasons , 1128 Wilmot Rd., Scarsdale, (914) 472-2240
- Susan Lawrence Gourmet Foods, 26 N. Greeley Ave., Chappaqua, (914) 238-8833
- White Plains Bake Shoppe, 466 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, (914) 997-8179
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