Congratulations to Julia Zilman, a recipient of last year’s East Valley JCC “Doing Jewish” grant, who recently published her 2023-24 (5784) calendar as part of her “Rugelach Love” project. 

She began this project as a way to learn more about her family’s history and share recipes passed down through family members. 

Julia and her mom, Violet, who helped her daughter with editing and translating the treasured family recipes from Russian to English, stopped by the EVJCC on Aug. 22 to personally deliver one of the beautiful calendars.

The calendar features recipes and images of baked goods, including her great-grandmother’s delicious rugelach recipeHoney Cake, Pancakes Oladushki, Apple Strudel, Sweet Cherry Vareniki (dumplings) and Nalistniki (crepes). Yum!

The next part of Julia’s project will be the first edition of a family cookbook, which is scheduled to be published this November. 

The calendar is available just in time for the Jewish New Year. To support Julia’s project, receive a digital download of a page from the calendar (which includes the recipe) each month through her Patreon site or  purchase a printed copy ($25) by contacting her through her  website,  

-Leisah Woldoff

Julia Zilman’s new calendar is available in a print version or as a monthly digital download. 

Her project was inspired by her grandmother and includes several family recipes. 

Featured recipes include baked goods such as cherry vareniki (dumplings) and Sharlotka (apple cake). 

Julia delivered a copy of her calendar to the EVJCC (pictured here with Leisah Woldoff, director of communications).