EVJCC Blog

A Mother’s Day menu

For those who want to try preparing a home-cooked brunch for Mother's Day, Chef Melinda has prepared a menu for the special day: Israeli Couscous Salad, Roasted Beet Salad, Blintz Souffle, Quiche and Limonana Frozen Mint Lemonade. These recipes can also work for...

CARES Act adds new deduction that can help nonprofits

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a new law that went into effect in March, is a $2 trillion economic stimulus package legislated to provide immediate relief for all taxpayers, including nonprofits. One aspect of this new law is a new...

‘Unorthdox Uncovered’ is EVJCC’s first international event

If we had to name one silver lining in everyone staying home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it would be that people are finding ways to stay connected and involved in their community. This past weekend, the East Valley JCC held our first-ever event open to anyone in...

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...
Summer camp extended to Aug. 14

Summer camp extended to Aug. 14

With Gov. Doug Ducey's executive order that schools won't resume until Aug. 17 due to the increase of COVID-19 numbers, the East Valley JCC has extended summer camp until Aug. 14. The weekly price for Camp Rimon Gadol, for grades K-9, will remain the same: $210/week...

June 14 concert to celebrate resilience, resistance and hope

June 14 concert to celebrate resilience, resistance and hope

The Center for Holocaust Education and Human Dignity of the East Valley JCC is honored to be one of more than 100 organizations worldwide participating in a live-stream concert this weekend that commemorates the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and the 77th...

A celebration of dairy

A celebration of dairy

The two-day holiday of Shavuot, which begins on the evening of Thursday, May 28 this year, is a harvest festival that also celebrates the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. Shavuot, or the "Feast of Weeks," is celebrated seven weeks after Passover and traditions...

A Mother’s Day menu

A Mother’s Day menu

For those who want to try preparing a home-cooked brunch for Mother's Day, Chef Melinda has prepared a menu for the special day: Israeli Couscous Salad, Roasted Beet Salad, Blintz Souffle, Quiche and Limonana Frozen Mint Lemonade. These recipes can also work for...

CARES Act adds new deduction that can help nonprofits

CARES Act adds new deduction that can help nonprofits

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a new law that went into effect in March, is a $2 trillion economic stimulus package legislated to provide immediate relief for all taxpayers, including nonprofits. One aspect of this new law is a new...

‘Unorthdox Uncovered’ is EVJCC’s first international event

‘Unorthdox Uncovered’ is EVJCC’s first international event

If we had to name one silver lining in everyone staying home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it would be that people are finding ways to stay connected and involved in their community. This past weekend, the East Valley JCC held our first-ever event open to anyone in...

Chef Melinda’s Passover Matzah Granola

Chef Melinda’s Passover Matzah Granola

Are you looking for another option for breakfast during Passover when you tire of Matzah Brei? Here's a recipe from Chef Melinda McNeil, which she made with assistance from her 4-year-old sous chef. Yield: 6 cups Ingredients 6 sheets matzoh (2 ½ c crushed)¾ c sliced...

Blau family shares J.O.T. Chicken recipe

Blau family shares J.O.T. Chicken recipe

Back in the 1980s, the Jewish Organization of Tempe (J.O.T.), which was the predecessor of the East Valley JCC, published a cookbook. Aaron Blau, board chair of the EVJCC, shared the following recipe, which has become a family favorite for Passover. (Pictured above is...

Matzah Brittle

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...