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When pastry chef Alex Levin was 4 years old, his grandmother would pick him up from nursery school on New York’s Upper East Side and bring him to her apartment, where they would prepare Shabbat dinner together. “Each week, she allowed me to work on different projects. But every week, the making challah was the activity we did together,” Alex told me in an email exchange earlier this week. “She instilled a strong love of baking into the heart of a child, while cultivating a particularly strong love and bond between the two of us in the process.”

Alex’s grandmother, Martha Hadassah Nadich, was born in the Bronx in 1922 to Jewish Russian immigrants. Her father, Menachem Ribalow, was the founder and editor of the first Hebrew weekly in America, Hadoar. She graduated from Hunter College and had a degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Martha served as executive director of the Rabbinical Assembly of the Conservative movement, where she met her husband, Rabbi Judah Nadich.

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