Kneading It

This year the Challah Bake Experience will shift virtual, featuring digital media presentations, breakout rooms, live baking demonstrations, different challah recipes, gift certificates, and more…


Great-Grandma Esther’s Challah (Joanne Davis)

Updated for the 21st Century: From Russia to West Virginia to Cleveland!


  • 1 3/4 c. warm water
  • 6 3/4 tsp dry active yeast (3 packets)
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar to proof yeast + additional 1/2 c.
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 3 eggs; lightly beaten + 1 egg for egg wash
  • 4 Tbsp. canola oil
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 8- 8 1/2 c all purpose flour (+ a little extra for dusting)
  • Nonstick cooking spray

gluten free INGREDIENTS



    • 1 2/3 cups of very warm water       
    • 1/4 cup oil                                         
    • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar                                 
    • 1 ½ tsp salt                                                     
    • 4 eggs plus 1 white            
    • ½ cup sugar                 
    • 3 ¾ cup oat flour       
    • 3 tsp xanthan gum     
    • 1 Tbs yeast          

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6:30 PM VIRTUAL KITCHEN OPENS with Coffee Talk: Shabbos 101, hosted by Rabbi Landis of Partners in Torah Cleveland (adult-oriented). The two options for breakout rooms are The Magic of Shabbos, hosted by Rochie Berkowitz of Chaviva High School (women only), and Give It A Rest (family game show), hosted by Sara Cooperman of Cleveland Yachad. Virtual hosts, Richard and Beverley Uria, will share a brief history of The Shabbos Project Worldwide, and here in Cleveland. 
7:15 PM CHALLAH BAKE LIVE DEMO featuring childhood friends, Heather Greene and Joanne Davis, (who will share her great-grandmother’s challah recipe, which she adapted for this event). This dynamic duo’s partnership is 70+ years in the making, as Heather’s grandma (Fayge Golub) and Joanne’s grandma (Freda Davis) were longtime best friends. During the step-by-step demo, these challah baking pros will share memories of how these two Yiddishe Mamas instilled in them a love for Judaism, both inside and outside the kitchen. 
The program will also include  multimedia presentations and user submitted videos that focus on local members of the community. Featuring a diverse cross-section of Jewish Clevelanders, these videos highlight the various ways Shabbos has brought their families together this year, in spite of the pandemic and prolonged social distancing which has kept people apar

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