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 and chocolate chip cookies. Weekly and monthly specials are listed below. Challah, challah twists 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 for the week of Shavuot will be available for pick-up on Thursday, May 25. The EVJCC will be closed on Friday, May 26. 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.

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


  June weekly & monthly specials

Sesame Semolina Mandel Bread (pareve) – $8
Marble Cake (dairy) – $5
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (dairy) – $8 for $7



Featured treats

June 2: Pita (pareve) – $7.50 for 6 and Black & White cookies (dairy) – $5 for 3

June 9: Brownies (dairy) – $7 for 6

June 16: The Challah Factory is closed.

June 23: Yeasted Chocolate Rugelach (dairy) – $7 for 6

June 30: Frosted Sugar Cookies with red, white & blue sprinkles (dairy) – $6 for 6


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.