EVJCC Blog

Cooking with Chef Melinda: Yogurt Cake

Chef Melinda makes Yogurt Cake with her son. By Chef Melinda McNeil French children learn to make this easy cake by using one scoop to measure the ingredients.  Use whatever citrus zest you have on hand, or substitute extracts to change flavor.  Yogurt can easily be...

How to make challah

Many families in the East Valley look forward to eating Chef Melinda's delicious challah each Shabbat. Below she shares her recipe in this two-part video so you can try it at home. The first video shows how she made the dough and the second video shows different ways...

Statement regarding the coronavirus

Dear East Valley JCC Families, The wellbeing of our children and those who participate in our programs is of the highest importance to the East Valley JCC. We follow CDC guidelines, as well as Arizona licensing requirements and monitor a variety of additional sources...

Sisters want to help preserve family stories

When Elizabeth Lee received a box of her grandparents’ old papers and photos, she combined them with historical research and turned them into a book that traces her family’s roots through several generations and across continents. Today, along with her sister, Lorrie...

JWV baby shower to support female veterans

By Susan Keresky The Jewish War Veterans Post 619 will host a baby shower to benefit new moms who are United States veterans at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17 at the Sun Lakes Country Club. The community is invited to attend the free baby shower and bring a gift for a...

An evening of appreciation

Each year, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to recognize our volunteers, staff members, donors, partners and board members at our annual meeting. This year’s Pillars of the Community event, held on Sept. 25, included a reception with delicious treats by Chef...

Honoring those who make a difference

Please join us in as we honor several individuals and organizations who help make a difference in our community. These individuals and organizations will be recognized at the Pillars of the Community event on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma...

EVJCC seeks teen athletes, artists for 2020 Maccabi in San Diego

Each summer, more than 3,000 Jewish teens, ranging from ages 12-16, participate in the JCC Maccabi Games, an annual Olympic-style sporting competition for Jewish teens in North America. In 2020, the East Valley JCC will send a delegation to the Games for the first...

Matzah Brittle

When you start craving sweets during Passover, here's a recipe from Chef Melinda McNeil that should please any sweet tooth. Ingredients 4-6 sheets matzah 6 oz (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter 1 c packed brown sugar ½ tsp vanilla pinch salt ¾ c chocolate chips ¾ c sliced...

Coconut Macaroons for Passover

Chef Melinda McNeil shares her recipe for coconut macaroons. Ingredients 2 5 oz bags shredded unsweetened coconut4 egg whites2 T honey1 tsp vanilla¼ tsp almond extract (optional)¼ tsp salt½ c sugar Directions Preheat oven to 350.  Grind coconut in food processor. ...

Cooking with Chef Melinda: Yogurt Cake

Chef Melinda makes Yogurt Cake with her son. By Chef Melinda McNeil French children learn to make this easy cake by using one scoop to measure the ingredients.  Use whatever citrus zest you have on hand, or substitute extracts to change flavor.  Yogurt can easily be...

Cooking with Chef Melinda: Spinach and Feta Matzah Quiche

Serves 6-8 By Chef Melinda McNeil This is an easy entrée or side dish to quickly put together, especially with the help of small hands!  Kids will love to break apart the matzah and arrange the layers like a puzzle, as well as mix and pour the quiche batter.  For a...

Staff change at Camp Rimon

Grace Hamm joins the East Valley JCC staff as the new camp and youth senior coordinator. She will develop Camp Rimon Gadol and work to engage our community's youth and teens in a variety of activities throughout the year to help them stay connected to their community....

How to make challah

Many families in the East Valley look forward to eating Chef Melinda's delicious challah each Shabbat. Below she shares her recipe in this two-part video so you can try it at home. The first video shows how she made the dough and the second video shows different ways...

Drive-up Challah

We miss celebrating Shabbat with our Early Childhood Education Center families! As a way to help them celebrate at home, Chef Melinda of the East Valley JCC's Challah Factory baked challah for them and parents were invited to drive up to the EVJCC to pick them up....

Cooking with Chef Melinda: Quinoa Salad

Anyone who has attended the East Valley JCC's Open Beit Midrash Speaker Series, which is followed by a communal kosher lunch, has likely sampled Chef Melinda's delicious Quinoa Salad. Though the Open Beit Midrash Speaker Series and its lunch are currently on hold...

Statement regarding the coronavirus

Dear East Valley JCC Families, The wellbeing of our children and those who participate in our programs is of the highest importance to the East Valley JCC. We follow CDC guidelines, as well as Arizona licensing requirements and monitor a variety of additional sources...