Challah for Hunger, Dance Marathon team up to provide treats for dancers

Sophie Mann, Assistant A&E Editor


It’s no secret that 30 hours of dancing will burn a lot of calories, and Challah for Hunger will once again do its part to keep dancers nourished.

CFH, a Hillel student group that bakes flavored challah each week and raises awareness for social justice causes, will be providing 175 loaves of bread for the Dance Marathon dancers, a tradition benefiting both sides of the collaboration.

Julia Rudansky, current Hillel president and former CFH president, said CFH strives to provide more than just delicious bread to the community. Philanthropy and giving back is a large part of the CFH mission, aligning well with DM’s goals, she said.

“It’s a combination of wanting to support students and DM as a whole, but it also aligns with Challah for Hunger’s mission of serving the community and supporting great causes,” Rudansky said.

The Weinberg senior said many members of Hillel are active in DM, making the partnership even more worthwhile and personal for CFH.

“We have a few exec members participating, as well as other student groups members,” Rudansky said. “We definitely have a lot of people involved in it.”

Current CFH president and Weinberg junior Rachel Hirsch said partnering with organizations on campus, such as DM in the winter and Alpha Epsilon Pi’s Dog Days philanthropy event in the spring, helps introduce people to CFH.

“Our donation gives us exposure at DM to people who have never heard of us,” Hirsch said. “Doing things like that in and out of the Jewish community brings awareness to our causes and help us connect with more students.”

Lauren Goldstein, incoming CFH Vice President of Marketing, is participating in DM this year and has wanted to since before she came to NU.

“When I was writing my early decision application essay, I wanted to include something about extracurricular activities I wanted to get involved in,” the Communication freshman said. “I knew coming in I wanted to participate (in DM).”

Baking is a stress relief for her, which is why she got involved with CFH, she said, and it has become staple in her weekly schedule. The collaboration has made Goldstein more excited about each event.

“It’s a really nice thing that Challah for Hunger is doing for the community, and I think it is an effective marketing technique to spread the word about Challah for Hunger on campus,” she said.

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