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.
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!
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]
In Case You Missed It: This past weekend we made our second debut at COOK: Philadelphia’s Premier Demonstration Kitchen. We chose everything bagel challah, cheddar challah-peño and chocolate babka – a little sweet mixed with a little savory.
Click here to read more about the challah demonstration on COOK’S blog.
As part of our new “Beyond the College Campus” initiative, our staff has been teaching challah braiding.
Some of our partners include JFCS, an organization that empowers individuals and families toward self-sufficiency, JCHAI, an organization that offers support to those with developmental disabilities, local pre-schools and most recently, jkidphilly an organization that connects families to happenings, resources and voices of the Jewish community.
On February 28, we partnered with jkidphilly at BZBI and KleinLife JCC for two challah-making programs. The programs were engaging, interactive and all around fun. Children and their parents learned how to braid challah, colored Shabbat books, and finished with an activity on food insecurity. Each child left with their own individual challah to bake at home!
Big things are happening in Bethlehem, PA! For the past couple semesters, CfH at Lehigh has formed a partnership with a local food truck, FudTruk. FudTruk orders challah and uses the loaves to create a delicious masterpiece of challah French toast. All the French toast sales are donated back to Lehigh CfH.
Make some of your own this weekend.
On Sunday January 10, we made our debut at COOK: Philadelphia’s Premier Demonstration Kitchen. Our CEO, Carly taught the group how to make three flavors: Cinnamon Sugar Raisin, Fig, Rosemary & Sea Salt, and Garlic Sriracha. She also told stories about our incredible chapters and shared tips on how to make the perfect challah!
Many of the participants had never baked challah before and they left with a new skill set. The demonstration was informative, engaging and absolutely delicious!
Click here to see pictures from the demonstration.
Happy New Year from your friends here at CfH! With the new year in full swing, we are excited for the upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr Day of Service and Learning in Philadelphia. This event will be taking place on January 18 from 10 AM to 12 PM at the Jewish Community Services Building and is co-sponsored by CfH, Center City Kehillah, Makom Community and Repair the World.
The event will have both a discussion on hunger in Philadelphia and an opportunity to bake and take a challah home with you! For more information check out the Facebook page and make sure to register before January 12!
We are so excited to have Gettysburg College as one of our newest Challah for Hunger chapters! Gettysburg College decided to start a CfH chapter after an alternative break with Philadelphia Farm School. In an interview with co-president Michaela Edelson, she shares some highlights of her CfH experience so far.
“My favorite part of the Challah for Hunger experience is making the Challah dough. It is such a stress-relief to knead Challah dough for six minutes after a long school day. I also enjoy educating people on campus, both about hunger issues and about Jewish culture.”
Click here to read Michaela’s full interview on the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation Blog.
We’re so thankful to have such an involved and passionate board that helps to guide us as our chapters continue to grow. As a thank-you to them during the #ChallahDays, we will spotlight a different board member each week. This week it’s our incredible board member, Jeff Marks!
Click to read his full interview here!