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Mom Hits the Road with Briskets & Babka

Westporter Jane Moritz went the extra mile, well, 400 miles actually, to prepare a traditional Jewish meal for her son and his college mates on April 17. Sam Moritz came up with the idea that his mom should create the dazzling feast for fellow members of Allegheny College Phi Delta Theta and members of Hillel, a national collegiate Jewish organization. Not every mom would be up to the challenge. Even Jane, a professional cook who owns Challah Connection , a Westport-based online Jewish gift and gourmet kosher gift basket company, was initially, a bit stunned by it.  “When Sam first asked me to come to his college, 400 miles away from our house and cook for 50 kids, I looked at him like he was crazy,” said Mrs. Moritz. “But I then began to realize that this was a lovely opportunity to share our traditions…and that it was my ‘mitzvah’, my good deed, for that day.”

So off she went to make her son proud. Some 50 Phi Delta Theta fraternity brothers, Hillel members and even Allegheny College president James H. Mullen, Jr., dug into brisket, cabbage and noodles, gefilte fish, potato kugel and more. For many, this was their first taste of traditional Jewish foods and delicacies.

Her meal knocked their socks off and, undoubtedly, Sam was more than proud. “One of the most important messages that I have learned from my business, Challah Connection, is that no matter where you come from, no matter what your religion or ethnic background, we all come together over great food,“ said Mrs. Moritz. Now she just has to hope Sam doesn't make a habit of it.

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