^
Keep New Times Free
4

Jerusalem Bakery Brings Challah, Rugelach, and More to Scottsdale

It's been two years since the Valley said goodbye to Karsh's Bakery, which was widely recognized as the best Jewish bakery in metro Phoenix before it closed. At that time, Karsh's fans mourned the loss of the bakery's famous challah, babka, and rye bread, decrying the lack of other good Jewish bakeries around town. 

It's taken some time, but it would appear all is not lost. As of four months ago, Jerusalem Bakery AZ is open in Scottsdale, turning out fresh challah, and rugelach, as well as European pastries such as almond croissants, jam cookies, and lemon tarts.

Husband-and-wife team Lior and Lily Ben-Shushan own and operate the small brick-and-mortar bakery, which grew out of their business selling baked goods at local farmers markets. Both Ben-Shushans come to the Valley by way of Israel after spending about a decade living and working in San Francisco before moving to Phoenix about four years ago.  

The couple says their specialty is a traditional Jerusalem-style challah bread that's made without eggs and can be topped with raisins, sesame seeds, or poppy seeds, or served plain. It's only available on Thursdays and Fridays, however, so if you want to nab a loaf you'd better plan ahead.

Other popular offerings include fresh pita bread, rye and sourdough breads (usually available Tuesday and Wednesday), and a Moroccan bread with herbs that's baked on large river stones for a moist, sweet flavor. (It's great with hummus or dipped in a strong, high-quality olive oil.) These are in addition to a selection of desserts and pastries that includes chocolate babka, cheese danish, plain and almond croissants, and hamantaschen, all of which Lior bakes fresh every morning before opening. 

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

"The bread, each one has a different personality," he says. 

For a savory snack, there are also Turkish burekas, which combine flaky, buttery dough with fillings including spinach and cheese, feta and olives, and mushrooms. The couple makes their own marmalades in flavors including pineapple and lemon ginger, though the best one we tried was a peppery cherry tomato variety. 

The bakery, which is located at 10953 North Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard in Scottsdale, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. On Saturday, you can also find Jerusalem Bakery at the Phoenix Public Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

For more information, check the Jerusalem Bakery AZ website and Facebook

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.