All posts by Carly Zimmerman

Giving Back Never Tasted So Good

By Elana Silberstein, as featured on the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation blog

Challah for Hunger (CfH) has taught me how meaningful it is to gather communities to “bake a difference,” as we like to say.

Earlier this year I was lucky to represent CfH at the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly. Of the many great connections that I made with other organizations at the conference, I left the G.A. determined to collaborate with Good Deeds Day, an organization that gathers people across the world to do community service projects on the same day each year.

Click here to read Elana’s blog article on the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation blog.

Alumni Spotlight: Jaclyn French

Making A Difference In Saint Louis

By Jaclyn French

jaclynI joined Challah for Hunger during my sophomore year at Washington University in Saint Louis, hoping to find a fun way to engage with the Jewish community on campus, meet new people, and scratch my baking itch outside of my tiny dorm kitchen. Little did I know that my favorite takeaway would be the fundraising itself. Remembering that our hard work was going to power a good cause kept me motivated, even when baking and selling were challenging.

This discovery drove my recent job search, looking for a position that would bring those Challah values of philanthropy and social justice into the professional world. Luckily, I found just the position! I recently started as the Event Assistant at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Saint Louis, coordinating donor events and managing third-party fundraisers. I’m able to use skills that I developed through Challah–organization, event planning, volunteer management–to help the families of seriously ill children find a “home away from home.” I might not get to bake challah every week anymore, but I do get to go to work every day knowing that I’m making a difference.

Jaclyn French, Cfh Alumna of Washington University in Saint Louis became involved with Challah for Hunger her sophomore year of college. She first served as a volunteer and then as Treasurer/Sales Manager. She graduated in May 2013 with a major in Anthropology and minors in Arabic and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Jaclyn advises CfH at University of Puget Sound and CfH at Indiana.

Finding Philanthropy, Service and Community All in One

The feature comes to us from Stanford Challah for Hunger leaders, Santana and Rachel, and the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation Blog.

10403094_893775073973742_1699850298708156062_nRachel and Santana recently served as committee members for Challah for Hunger’s January west coast leadership summit. Both Rachel and Santana serve as Co-Directors of the Stanford Challah for Hunger chapter. They reflect on their involvement in Challah, leadership and philanthropy below.

Click here to read their entire article . 

CfH featured in JWeekly cover story

Buy a challah and feed the hungry
By Dan Pine, JWeekly staff

jcoverMarch20Stanford University senior Rachel Waltman has her hands full these days, finishing up her studies before graduating in June. But every Thursday she takes a break from studying and gets her hands full of sticky, yeasty bread dough. 

If it’s Thursday, it’s Challah for Hunger day at Stanford. That’s when Waltman and dozens of other volunteers crowd into the Hillel at Stanford kitchen for an evening of kneading, braiding and baking to make the world a better place.

Read the full article at 

Groovy UV Challah for Hunger Making Groovy Grilled Cheese

By Betsy Besser, Chapter Founder and President at Vermont

Since founding Challah for Hunger at the University of Vermont, I been constantly inspired by our university’s FeelGood chapter. FeelGood is a global community of dedicated individuals dedicated to ending extreme hunger around the world. Every Monday evening, they host a general meeting with activities and updates on the non-profit organization they support known as The Hunger Project. Over the past few years, I have watched my dear friend grow from a determined member of FeelGood to recently becoming the president. Her leadership skills and honest feedback has inspired me to make UVM’s Challah for Hunger chapter the best it can possibly be. I am so fortunate to have her as a friend but also a person to collaborate with in terms of building a bond between Challah for Hunger and FeelGood.

In our minds, it was obvious. The perfect unique grilled cheese sandwich is made with freshly baked challah. Emma and I made a plan for Challah for Hunger to bake challah for Feel Good every week. Therefore, every Wednesday evening, Challah for Hunger bakes challah for FeelGood so they can use them for their grilled cheeses. In return, FeelGood will donate money to Challah for Hunger to benefit our two non-profits, MAZON and Hunger Free Vermont. However, this donation is not what has been driving our chapter to continue building a relationship with FeelGood. We love working with a club who has the same goal as us: to end hunger in our local and global communities. Our chapter has been blessed to be working with the successful, hardworking, and determined members of UVM FeelGood. And we hope to inspire other colleges and universities to create a similar relationship.

Recipe of the Month: Virginia’s PB & J Challah


Step 1:

Use your challah recipe to make plain challah dough.

Step 2:

For each strand of challah:

  • Roll out a strand of dough.
  • Flatten the strand.
  • Spread a layer of peanut butter on the strand. Be sure to spread the peanut butter in the middle of the strand leaving untouched dough on both sides.
  • Spread a layer of jelly on top of the peanut butter.
  • Starting at one end of the strand, fold the dough over itself to enclose the peanut butter and jelly within the strand.

Click here for a video of UVA demonstrating the strand method. 

Step 3:

Braid your challah using two or more stuffed strands of dough.

Bake and enjoy!