Through the production and sale of challah bread, Scripps College Challah for Hunger donates hundreds of dollars each week to organizations advancing social justice in our local community and nationally.
Students gain the opportunity to become involved in a fun and dedicated community, engage in advocacy and activism, address humanitarian issues, advance their skills in baking, marketing, and leadership, and practice Jewish traditions of Tzedakah (charity) and Tikkun Olam (repairing the world).
Each year Scripps Challah for Hunger donates 50% of its proceeds to a nonprofit organization located in Southern California. Over the past few years organizations included:
- 2014-2015: Uncommon Good – Empowering families through education, medicine, and the environment (source)
- 2013-2014: House of Ruth – Assisting families victimized by domestic abuse (source)
- 2012-2013: Foothill AIDS Project – Improving the lives of those affected by or at risk of HIV/AIDS through comprehensive support services (source)
Preceding the 2014-2015 academic year, Challah for Hunger donated 50% of its proceeds to American Jewish World Service to aid them in their effort to respond to the humanitarian crisis in Darfur. In the 2014-2015 academic year we ended our partnership with AJWS and began our partnership with MAZON.
Since its founding in 2004, Scripps College CfH has become an established community on campus with a volunteer base of over 200 students who participate in the club through making, braiding, and baking dough, and selling challah and engaging in acts of advocacy.
As members of Scripps College CfH, students also become connected to the larger international community of Challah for Hunger, which includes over 70 chapters at colleges and universities internationally.
Advocacy and Activism
Every Friday at the CfH table in Seal Court, students and community members have the opportunity to engage in an act of advocacy by signing a petition or writing a letter to a government or corporation promoting changes that involve issues including: the environment, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, immigrants rights, workers rights, human rights, and more. Sign this week’s petition HERE
Scripps College Challah for Hunger provides students with numerous leadership opportunities. Managerial positions cater to a range of interests and skill sets including finance, publicity, sales, advocacy, baking, and dough making and take up a limited amount of time each week so that they do not conflict with schoolwork or other on campus employment. As a manager students have the opportunity to have a central role in making our organization function every week as well as learn and practice a new skill that may become useful in future employment. Students wishing to take on an even higher position in CfH may consider applying to be a Coordinator.
Tzedakah and Tikkun Olam
Tzedakah is a Hebrew word meaning “justice” or “righteousness.” However, it is usually used in association with the Jewish obligation to give charity. Similarly, Tikkun Olam is a Hebrew phrase meaning to “repair the world,” which is suggests humanity’s collective responsibility to heal and repair the world bringing an end to human suffering, inequality, hatred and war. By practicing the Jewish tradition of baking challah and donating the proceeds to charity as well as informing our community about social justice efforts worldwide through advocacy Scripps College Challah for Hunger takes part in Tzedakah and Tikkun Olam.