Interview with Boston University (BU) Chapter President, Sophie Collender
- When was CfH at BU founded and how?
Challah for Hunger was founded 5 years ago! I’m not exactly sure how or why, but the point now is that it is here. I joined because of the passion I saw in the people who ran it previously. It’s an amazing way to give back to the community while getting to de-stress and “bake a difference” at school. Being a part of Challah for Hunger, especially being a facilitator makes you feel like you really are doing something for the community. I think that’s important, especially for college students.
- How many people are involved with challah baking and selling?
Recently we’ve seen a lot more people showing up for the baking. We split the making of the dough and the baking of it into two nights—Tuesday is making, Wednesday is baking. There are many groups on campus that require external service hours for membership and Challah for Hunger has quickly become a popular option, which is really awesome. We’ve seen as many as 15 students come help on one night, which is a big improvement from past numbers.
- What is the most popular challah flavor at BU?
The most popular flavor is definitely the cinnamon and brown sugar.
- Where do you sell challah?
We sell the challah at the Hillel house on campus. We’ve also tried to get the selling started in the GSU, which is our student union. Hopefully that will start to pick up in the fall!
- Where do you give your donations locally? And Why?
We usually donate to a local organization called ROFEH International, a non-profit. It is an acronym for Reaching Out Furnishing Emergency Healthcare. This organization helps to support and aid families who are forced to leave their homes in order to seek emergency medical care at hospitals in Boston.
- Describe your leadership team- who runs the show?
The leadership of our chapter recently experienced a change. Jordan Rozenfeld, a rising junior, graciously passed down the reigns to me, Sophie Collender, a rising sophomore. I now run the entire production with my vice president, Rachel Small. Together we oversee the making and baking, coordinate volunteers for the selling, and discuss the future of our chapter.
- Do you partner with any other organizations? If yes, who and how?
We do not partner with any other organizations…yet. 🙂
- What is your best advice for chapters that are just starting?
My best advice for new chapters and new chapter leaders is to try to feel confident and comfortable. It can be overwhelming at first to try to get off the ground, but once you get in the groove and feel like you know what you’re doing, it becomes much easier.
- What’s your favorite Challah-pun (Challahday, Challah Back, etc)?
My favorite pun is actually “You knead this!” We decorate the bags that we sell our challah in with a myriad of cutesy decorations and lots of color. One volunteer came up with the pun “You knead this!” and it immediately made me laugh.