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Shavuot – JCC closed

May 26, 2023


Holiday recipes

Shavuot 2023

Shavuot celebrates both the grain harvest and the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. One of the holiday’s customs is eating dairy products so we’ve collected some of Chef Melinda’s delicious dairy recipes to share with you.

Other observances include staying up all night to study Jewish texts, reading the Book of Ruth and decorate with flowers. 

This year, Shavuot starts on the evening of Thursday, May 25 and ends at sundown on Saturday, May 27.


Other Holiday Content

Shavuot 101: Need a refresher on Shavuot? My Jewish Learning offers a primer on the holiday.


Salad course

Here are some delicious ways to start your meals.

Summer Vegetable, Halloumi and Orzo Salad

A delicious start to your meal. 

Roasted Beet Salad

A sweet colorful salad.

Dairy delicacies 

Main Courses & Sides

Sweet Kugel

Noodles, cottage cheese, cream cheese, and fruit with a crunchy topping

Blintz Souffle

A twist on the traditional Shavuot blintz

Cheese Souffle

Try a variety of options, such as adding cooked vegetables or chiles and corn. 


Try a variety of fillings, from shredded cheese and spinach to sauteed vegetables. 

Time for dessert

Sweet dairy desserts

Classic Cheesecake

A traditional Shavuot treat

Cheesecake Cookies

Special Shavuot cookies

Israeli Cheesecake

Tea biscuits, vanilla pudding, farmer cheese

Little Chefs series

Recipes for Young Chefs

Do you have a budding chef in  your home? Here are recipes for young chefs (adult supervision recommended).

Cheesecake Bites

Bite-size yumminess

Shavuot Yogurt Parfait

Yogurt and fruit with a little crunch

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. 


May 26, 2023
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