Challah for Hunger in the News
Challah for Hunger is an initiative that brings people together to raise money and awareness for social justice--through challah bread. Challah for Hunger chapters bake and sell challah bread. Each chapter donates half of its profits to the
American Jewish World Service (for their work for the refugees fromDarfur) and chooses locally where to donate the other 50% of profits.
The more than forty chapters, on college campuses throughout the U.S. and beyond, engage young people in community, tradition, hands-on baking, activism, and philanthropy.
Hillel of Silicon Valley decided to take part in this initiative by baking challah three times during this academic year. Most of the Challah for Hunger chapters sells their challahs to the students living on college campuses. The majority of our students don't live on campus so we decided to adjust the program and get our amazing local Jewish community involved. The community embraced the project and we had 48 orders for our first Challah For Hunger baking day!
If you had come to the Hillel House on Thursday, September 27th, you would have experienced the delicious smell of freshly baked challahs that permeated the house. All during the day, students, staff and even Board President Bonnie Slavitt Moore came together to bake 48 challahs (plain, sesame seed, and chocolate and raisins were the flavors). The energy and excitement was palpable as the group blended ingredients to make into dough, watched the dough rise, braided the challahs, and brought the golden loaves out of the oven. The funds raised by the sale support both local and global organizations that fight world hunger. We are proud and want to thank all the volunteers who devoted time to this mitzvah, and of course to all the community members we bought our challah!