All posts by Carly Zimmerman

Meet Nikki, our Summer Intern!

We’re so lucky that Nikki Cattan, a recent grad from West Chester University, is spending the summer interning with us! When she started, we asked her…

What brings you to Challah for Hunger?
I learned about Challah for Hunger from the Director of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs at West Chester University and the leadership summit that will occur in July. I am here to help out with the summit along with other projects for the summer and I am excited to get involved!

You just graduated from West Chester University — Congrats! What advice do you have for students entering college?

Thank you! Get involved in everything you possibly can because it will make your experience so much more fun and memorable.

What’s a cause or non-profit that is important to you? Why?

The education and awareness of HIV/AIDS. In college I participated in the Alternative Spring Break program and we went to Pittsburgh to volunteer with the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force. After that experience, I learned about the virus and the stigma towards people who have it.

Welcome Nikki to the team by emailing her at [email protected].

Breaking Bread to Make a Difference

By Marissa Stern, Jewish Exponent

“While we were looking to explore how we could expand Challah for Hunger beyond the college campus,” said Loren Shatten, Challah for Hunger program director, “it became clear JFCS was a perfect partner. They reflect every aspect of what Challah for Hunger is hoping to do. We are impressed with their commitment to regularly coming together to bake challah and their thoughtful conversations about hunger in Philadelphia.”

Click here to read the full article about our partnership with Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Philadelphia. 

5 Questions with Sarah Horwitz

For the past year, Sarah has helped us connect with new communities in Philadelphia for our “Beyond the Campus” program. As she finishes her time in Philly, we asked her about the weird, wonderful and doughy experience:

What brought you to Challah for Hunger?

I am a Fellow at Repair the World working on food justice issues through volunteering and program planning. As part of this fellowship program, I partner with organizations to create volunteer programming and to recruit volunteers. I was lucky to be paired with Challah for Hunger to help run the “Beyond the College Campus” Program. This year, I have been organizing bakes for different organizations around Philadelphia. I have been able to create curriculum teaching hunger issues and have been able to hone my challah baking skills!

Click here to read Sarah’s full interview.

Braiding Bread to Help Others Break Bread

ByJane Yamaykin, Jewish Food Experience 

If matzah is the bread of affliction, challah is the bread of…what? That’s what I wondered to myself when I started researching, during Passover, no less, Challah for Hunger (CfH), a growing social justice organization started at Scripps College in 2004 by then-student Eli Winkleman, which became a registered nonprofit in 2009 and is now headquartered in Philadelphia.

According to Ana Mendelson, a college senior and current University of Virginia Chapter President, “Challah is the bread of getting people excited to stop hunger and engaging in that process, no matter where they are in life.” Talia Berday-Sacks, former University of Maryland Chapter President and current Program Associate with CfH, offered simply, “Challah is the bread of reflection.” She went on to explain that CfH volunteers often begin by examining questions such as: What is challah? When and why is it eaten? Expanding beyond the tradition of challah, a seemingly commonplace bread, to the questions it brings up about community and food helps start important conversations at CfH chapters.

Click here to read the complete article.

Sneak Peak: 2016 Summit!

82 days until the 2016 Challah for Hunger Leadership Summit! We have quite the conference planned for this year. Students from across the country, alumni, friends from MAZON, West Chester University, Montgomery Community County College, OneTable and more are all coming together for three days of knowledge sharing, advocacy, networking, and of course, challah baking!

We are excited to announce that we will be launching our new advocacy campaign at this year’s summit! Challah for Hunger and MAZON have partnered up to create an advocacy campaign focused on addressing hunger on college campuses. Students will have the opportunity to learn from local and national experts and develop strategies and skills to advocate for change.
Every day that passes brings us closer to our favorite part of the year! We are looking forward to seeing all the challah faces we can at the summit this July! Students can click here to register.
To learn more about the summit, email Loren.

Chapter Spotlight: Ithaca College

The guest blogger this week is senior Co-President of Ithaca CfH, Amanda Aussems. CfH at Ithaca hosted a bake with Longview senior center in Ithaca, NY.
The Ithaca College CfH Chapter began baking at Longview, a senior living facility nestled right in the heart of Ithaca across from the college campus, last year. We have continued this tradition and plan to have it be a vital integration for our involvement in the community. 
This event allows us to establish a relationship with the older adults that reside in Longview while giving them the opportunity to learn about what challah is, our mission, and how we help address hunger issues through baking. Braiding with these admirable older adults also allows them to work on their fine motor skills as hand movements can become challenging as we age. The experience is not only rewarding for the older adults, but also for our members. Engaging with people through generations can only enable us to be more compassionate, warm-hearted, and understanding individuals, all qualities we hope to embody as members of CfH!

Chapter Spotlight: UCSD & Miami University

Last week we welcomed two new chapters to the challah-verse, University of California San-Diego (UCSD) and Miami University in Miami, Ohio.

The UCSD chapter bakes around 70 loaves a week of different flavors and sizes; the proceeds are split between MAZON and the local Triton Food Pantry.

The Miami chapter volunteers bake cinnamon raisin, chocolate chip, plain and even rainbow challah; the proceeds are split between MAZON and the local Oxford Community Choice Pantry.

Is your campus interested in starting their own Challah for Hunger chapter? Contact Talia at [email protected] for more information!


Yesterday, CfH and Jewish Children Family Services (JFCS) staff members and volunteers baked together as part of our beyond the college campus initiative. While the loaves were baking in the oven, our Repair the World fellow, Sarah led an engaging conversation and activity with the volunteers focusing on “where does food come from and how do we get it?” The volunteers drew pictures and wrote down the different processes. After the activity, we re-entered the kitchen, the smells of cinnamon raisin, chocolate chip and garlic rosemary filled the air – the loaves were then packed, labeled, and delivered to JFCS where the volunteers sell them to the other staff members.

Are you interested in volunteering or learning more about this initiative? Contact Loren at [email protected]

Q & A with Ana Mendelson

This week we feature Ana Mendelson, a senior at the University of Virginia and former chapter president. This past year, Ana served as the Challah for Hunger representative to the MAZON Board of Directors. It’s the first time that a CfH leader has served on the board and when we asked, Ana had a lot of great insight from her year of service. Thanks so much to Ana, who will continue to serve on MAZON’s Board after she graduates, for sharing this experience.

Click here to read her full interview!