1. Tell us a little about your CfH chapter and what is the Maryland Chapter looking forward to for the new year?
If I could describe our chapter in one word it would be passionate. We have an amazing board and dedicated volunteers who come together every week to bake, braid and sell challah. We bake plain, cinnamon, and chocolate chop challah every week, but love to experiment with new and unique flavors! We believe in serving the community in which we live, so we donate our money to two organizations that fight hunger in our neighborhood, MAZON and DC Central Kitchen.
Since our past president and a few other board members graduated in the spring, we are looking forward to introducing new board members to our team! With every new member comes new thoughts on how to improve our chapter, and we cannot wait to meet others with similar passions to ours. We are also looking forward to running programs outside of our weekly baking and braiding events, such as volunteer trips to the organizations we donate to. After a long summer, we cannot wait to get back in the groove of Challah For Hunger.
2. How do you plan to spread awareness/knowledge/ of CfH for incoming Freshmen and Transfer students?
We plan on showcasing our delicious challah at two major events on campus: the Maryland Hillel Welcome Back BBQ and the university’s First Look Fair. Both of these events exist to make incoming freshman and new transfer students aware of the many clubs and organizations on campus. We want to make our presence known at both events by having a table outfitted with our Challah For Hunger banner, Challah For Hunger t-shirts, Challah For Hunger stickers, and of course a few loaves of our challah!
Every board member is also responsible to reach out to a few new students within the first month of school to see if Challah For Hunger is an organization that shares their passion for giving back and would want to join. We are extremely excited to welcome new volunteers and board members to our team!
3. What flavor are you most excited to bake this semester?
We have experimented a lot with challah flavors, especially around the holiday time. Some of biggest hits include our Rosh Hashanah apple cinnamon challah and our Thanksgiving pumpkin-spice challah. This year, we plan to bring back our best sellers, such as our Za’atar challah, as well as try out a few new flavors such as hazelnut and lemon zest. We love taking suggestions from our old and new volunteers to see what flavors would excite them!