Open Beit Midrash
Thursdays, Feb. 20-March 26
How well do you know King David? Do you want to learn more about ethical wills? What do you know about Sephardic Jewish history? Are you interested in learning about the challenges faced by other faith groups? Learn about all this and more at Open Beit Midrash.
Holiday Baking Classes
Next classes: March 3, March 24
Join the EVJCC Challah Factory’s Chef Melinda as she walks you through the steps to prepare delicious holiday treats.
7 p.m. Tuesdays
Sept. 17: Rosh Hashanah Class is full.
Dec. 17: Hanukkah Class is full.
March 3: Purim
March 24: Passover
Cost is $18 for each class, which includes the lesson, a recipe and the chance to sample the goods.
About the instructor:
Chef Melinda McNeil has made challah, pizza and other baked goods at the East Valley JCC’s Challah Factory since fall 2016. She served as a Hebrew linguist in the Air Force and after her service, she enrolled in the Scottsdale Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School where she honed her skills as a chef and baker. She has worked as chef/baker at the Phoenician Resort, Simply Bread bakery, La Grande Orange, Wildflower Bread Company and the Olive & Ivy restaurant.
Jewish Genealogy: Step by Step
10 a.m. Wednesdays | March 4-April 1, 2020
Are you interested in learning more about your family’s history? Genealogy expert Judi Missel will walk you through the steps to research your family’s roots. The series is geared toward beginners and it is advised to attend all four classes. Students should bring their own laptop.
March 4: Starting Your Genealogy Research & Exploring U.S. Resources
March 11: Jewish Genealogy Resources
March 25: Heading Offshore and Using DNA
April 1: Breaking Through Brick Walls
Cost: $40 for the series or $15 per class
Judi Missel, a member of the Phoenix Jewish Genealogy Group and the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, has been fascinated by genealogy for over 30 years. She has researched
and published biographies and frequently speaks about her visit to the International Tracing Service Archives in Germany.
Challah and other baked goods are baked fresh at The Challah Factory in the East Valley JCC’s kosher kitchen.
Chef Melinda creates delicious baked goods each week, including challah (plain, raisin and chocolate chip), Monkey Bread (pull-apart cinnamon bread) and cookies (chocolate chip). She also bakes special holiday and seasonal treats throughout the year. You can also order by calling 480-897-0588.
Online orders must be placed by 8 a.m. Wednesday morning for that Friday’s order.
The EVJCC kitchen is under the kosher supervision of Rabbi Michael Beyo.