Let all who are hungry come and eat...

Challah for Hunger

Challah for Hunger is a joint program of Hillel and American Jewish World Service (AJWS) wherein groups of students on campuses across North America bake and sell Challot on weekly basis during the school year. Proceeds are split between AJWS projects in Darfur and a local hunger-relief agency chosen by the students. The only Canadian Challah for Hunger program is in Montreal, where there are not one, but two active groups, one of which supports a Jewish food bank and the other a non-denominational homeless shelter and food bank. Earlier this year, Hillel invited MAZON’s Ruth Tovim to lead both groups in a discussion about MAZON’s approach to zdakkah, i.e. supporting hunger-relief agencies within and without the Jewish community. After introducing some teachings on the little-discussed concept of Mipnai d’archai noam (which argues that giving to those in need outside of the community promotes civil society), as well as the traditional zdakkah teachings, lively debates ensued. Until, that is, it was time to braid the loaves and get them in the oven!

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