Looking for kosher challah?

With the closing of Karsh’s Bakery this week – after nearly 50 years of serving Phoenix’s Jewish community – the Greater Phoenix Vaad HaKashruth released a list today of other places that sell kosher challah. Here’s a list of other Vaad-certified establishments from which one may purchase baked goods:

Cookies from Home

Imperial Kosher Market
Bread, Challah, Rolls, Pastries, Cakes

Kosher Korner
Bread, Rolls, Pastries

Levi Cafe and Bakery
Challah, Pastries, Rolls, Cakes (made to order)

Mozart Cafe
Challah, Pastries, Borekas

Nothing Bundt Cake (Scottsdale location only)
Cakes (dairy)

Segal’s One Stop Shop
Bread, Challah, Pastries, Rolls, Cakes (made to order)

Vaad-certified bread can also be found at Sprouts.

Trader Joe’s and Chompie’s also have kosher challah, certified by the OU.

If you know of any other local places that sell kosher challah, please let me know so I can add them here.

Shabbat Shalom. (Karsh’s challah, you will be missed…)



Kosher Living: Health & Safety Fair

Updates keep coming on this weekend’s Kosher Living Health & Safety Fair, which will be held this Sunday, Nov. 18, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Phoenix Hebrew Academy.

There will be a variety of health and wellness opportunities – including a 12:30 p.m. Zumba class by the VOSJCC – keynote speakers (Topics include “Raising Confident Children,” “Water Safety” and “How we Became Kosher Vegans”), children’s activities (a petting zoo from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., carnival games, crafts with PJ Library) and a Healthy Kosher Eating sampling buffet.

Here are some updates of featured items of the sampling buffet, which is partially sponsored by the Greater Phoenix Vaad Hakashruth:

  • FOMZ, a nondairy fruit-based replacement for whipped cream
  • Alpine Valley Breads will distribute a free loaf of Nine Grain Organic Bread to the first 300 people (RSVP to reserve one – 1 per household).
  • Tomchei Shabbat will be holding a food drive – bring a nonperishable food item to the fair, which will be distributed by Tomchei Shabbat to local families.
  • Some of the local companies that will be providing food are: Karsh’s Bakery, King Solomon’s Pizza, Levi Catering, Segal’s Oasis Grill, Scottsdale Cafe and a new company, Healthy Kosher Cactus which is celebrating its grand opening at the fair.
  • TIPS, the Jewish Federation of Tuscon, Phoenix, and Seattle, is sponsoring a children’s story hour at 3 p.m. with Dr. Adina Bar-el who is visiting from Moshav Nir and has published 18 children’s books. She speaks English, Hebrew, and Yiddish. Story hour will be in English with a touch of Hebrew.
  • A limited supply of Levana Kirschenbaum’s new cookbook “The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen” will be available for sale at 25 percent off the list price.

Come visit the Jewish News booth at the fair and click here to see the schedule.

Online cooking shows with Rosh Hashana recipes

Have you already tried the Rosh Hashana recipes from the Jewish News High Holiday Planner and need more? Check out the online New Jewish Cuisine cooking shows  on jewishtvnetwork.com.

For those of you who now have 20 pounds of frozen brisket in your freezer from this week’s delivery from the KC Kosher Co-op, there’s even a recipe for Sephardic brisket (by Chef Jeff Nathan).