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7 Jewish Breads That Are Not Challah

Don't get us wrong, we LOVE challah! Some might even say it's our "bread and butter".  

In fact we have 121 Challah Recipes!!!  Learn more about challah and get all our recipes for challah in our Ultimate Guide to Jewish Challah Bread.

While Challah might be our oldest, most spiritual and most iconically Jewish bread, dating back from temple times, there are many other breads that have become part of the Jewish culture.  

These breads all represent experiences of Jews from different places and times and Jewish history.  They contain a deep Jewish significance through the history of Jews from different parts of the world.  

Homemade NY Style Bagels

Ever heard the term Lox-and-Bagel Jew? It usually refers to Jewish people who don't practice many of the laws of Judaism, but they hold on to the custom of their family to eat bagels and lox.  Bagels are iconically Jewish in America and Canada coming from the Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, but you can't find a good bagel in the entire country of Israel. Learn more about the origins and meaning of Lox-andBagel Jew here.  

Homemade Matzo

Matzo is actually the oldest Jewish bread.  It is the famous unleavened bread that we took with us as we left Egypt. It is the only bread we are commanded to eat in the Torah.  While it's not common to make your own especially for Passover when the stringencies of kashrut are very high, it is a fun recipe to make throughout the year. 

Homemade Pita

In the Middle Easter flatbreads abound and pita is found everywhere. It is the round flatbread usually with a pocket.  It is the courier of all to go sandwiches and it is always served to dip in hummus.  



Moroccan Jews celebrate the end of Passover by making these crepe like breads, usually covered in honey at their festive Mimouna celebrations. 


Originating from the city of Bialystok in Poland, this traditional Ashkenazi pastry has been enjoyed for hundreds of years by Jews all through Eastern Europe and was brought to the United States by Polish Jewish refugees in the late 1800s. 



Kubaneh is a Yemenite pull apart yeast bread that's normally eaten for Shabbat breakfast, but to be honest, this bread is great any time of the week, including holidays!


Another Yemenite bread brought to Israel, Lachuch resembles a classic American pancake in looks and texture, but tastes different and is not flipped over as are pancakes. It is left to cook on one side only, which is why the temperature and condition of the pan are so crucial to making it right.