Challah and other baked goods are baked fresh at The Challah Factory in the East Valley JCC’s kosher kitchen.

Each week, Chef Melinda creates delicious baked goods, including challah, challah twists, Monkey Bread (pull-apart cinnamon bread), hamburger buns, chocolate chip mandel bread and chocolate chip cookies. Weekly and monthly specials are listed below. Challah, challah twists , hamburger buns, chocolate chip mandel bread and Monkey Bread are pareve; all other products are dairy unless noted otherwise.

All orders must be placed online by 5 p.m. Monday for that Friday’s order.   Orders are available for curbside pick-up on Fridays (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) Call 480-897-0588 when you arrive and a staff member will bring it to your car. If orders are placed over the phone, payments are required at that time. 

 The EVJCC kitchen is under the kosher supervision of Rabbi Michael Beyo.


December Featured Treats

Dec. 1: Pita (pareve) – $7.50 for 6

Dec. 1: Brownies (dairy) – $7.50 for 6

Dec. 8: Chanukah Cookies (dairy) – 15 for $12

Dec. 15: Chanukah Cookies (dairy) – 15 for $12

Dec. 22: Chocolate Babka (dairy) – $10

The Challah Factory is closed the week of Dec. 29.


Chef Melinda McNeil shares some of her popular recipes on the East Valley JCC’s Food page.  See recipes here


About Chef Melinda

Chef Melinda McNeil honed her skills as a chef and baker at the Scottsdale Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School and has worked at the Phoenician Resort, Simply Bread bakery and the Olive & Ivy restaurant. She has baked challah and other baked goods at the East Valley JCC’s Challah Factory since fall 2016.

She also prepares meals for the JBox kosher meal delivery program and for children at the Early Learning Center and Camp Rimon.