Raising Dough

Each week, a group of students from The Claremont Colleges, led by Scripps sophomore Ellie Winkelman, gathers in the kitchen of the Malott Commons to bake challah—the sweet, golden, eggy bread traditionally served on Shabbat—a day of rest and spiritual enrichment—and on Jewish holidays.

The group, Challah for Hunger, sells the bread at lunch time in Seal Court each Friday and donates its profits to the American Jewish World Service’s Emergency Appeal for the Sudan. AJWS provides non-sectarian relief to those who have been displaced as a result of the violence in Darfur. Winkelman estimates that between 15 and 20 students take part in the effort. To date, they have baked their way to more than $1,500 in profits. The group hopes to inspire other students to particulate in AJWS’s national movement to end genocide.