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

NOTE: As a precautionary measure in light of recent events, the  March 24 Passover baking class has been cancelled. To read the EVJCC response to COVID-19, click here

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 Factory


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.

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