Every Wednesday at the Jewish Religious Center, students make, braid, and bake 60 loaves of challah in flavors ranging from plain and chocolate chip to pesto and blackberry walnut. The loaves are sold in Paresky Center on Thursdays, and the proceeds support the American Jewish World Service’s Sudan Relief and Advocacy Fund and the Berkshire Food Project.
This is the work of the Williams chapter of Challah for Hunger, a national organization whose Williams chapter was founded this year by Hannah Hindel ’13. “I was inspired after hearing about it through a friend who co-founded a chapter at UNC-Chapel Hill,” says Hindel. “It gives me a perfect excuse to bake, be creative, and raise money for two great causes.”
Challah for Hunger has also helped Hindel reconnect with Judaism, even though—or perhaps because—most Williams volunteers aren’t Jewish. The community she’s created links people of all faiths in support of these charities, while teaching non-Jews about a central part of Judaism: “tikkun olam” (healing the world).
Front page image: Hanna Hindel ’13, Katie Berenbaum ’14, Sarah Zager ’13 and Allison Har-Zvi ’13