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Challah: A Love Story

Certain foods can evoke powerful memories of people we love. For 87-year-old Ray Davidson, one of those foods is challah.



Over the past few years, Ray Davidson has baked tens of thousands of loaves of the traditionally Jewish, braided bread.

Every week, he goes to the chilly kitchen at Congregation Beth Shalom in Overland Park to bake dozens of loaves of the challah, using a special recipe.

As he cuts margarine, cracks eggs, and measures cups of sugar and flour, Davidson tells the story behind Frieda's Heavenly Challahs.

Profits from the sale of Davidson's challahs go to benefit the pre-schools at Congregation Beth Shalom and Temple Bnai Yehuda, both in Overland Park, and in St. Louis, Central Reform Congregation.

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Sylvia Maria Gross is storytelling editor at KCUR 89.3. Reach her on Twitter @pubradiosly.
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