Community Service

Challah for Hunger

community serviceOur mission is to raise awareness of (and money) for world hunger and disaster relief around the world through the production and sales of fresh-baked challah each week on campus at the University of Miami. 50% of the proceeds raised supports Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger, an international development organization motivated by Judaism’s imperative to pursue justice. They are dedicated to alleviating poverty, hunger and disease among the people of the developing world, regardless of race, religion, or nationality. The other 50% of the proceeds goes to the Greater Miami’s Jewish Community Service’s Kosher Food Bank which is the only food bank in South Florida to which those who observe kosher (kashrut) dietary laws can turn. It supplies critically important food items and other daily necessities, as well as evaluates clients’ overall needs and arranges for appropriate support services.

Thursdays 9:00AM-11AM and 1:00PM-5:00PM
Making, braiding, baking & packaging challah at UM Hillel

Fridays 11:00AM -1:00PM
Selling challah in the Breezeway

For more information on how you can get involved with Challah for Hunger, please contact Rachael Cohen:

Alternative Spring Breaks

Alternative Breaks are 7-10 day domestic and international service-learning trips for Jewish college students, usually during the Spring Break period. Participants promote social change by volunteering with local non-profit organizations, within the Jewish and general communities. The group has the opportunity to explore the area’s popular sites, wander in the local markets, and meet with their Jewish peers. Jewish learning is a big component of the trips enabling the students to deepen their own connection to their Jewish identity and to celebrate the beauty of Shabbat. International trips explore the added bonus of connecting with K’lal Yisrael, our global Jewish family, and understanding our Jewish responsibility to lend support where needed.

Past Alternative Breaks have included:

  • Katrina Relief work in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Renovating communal areas in the slums of Rio de Janiero
  • Volunteering at a Jewish Orphanage in Buenos Aires and sorting medications for distribution throughout the Jewish community of Argentina
  • Volunteering with the elderly and greening efforts in the community of Safed, Israel with Livnot U’lehibanot

Students return to campus with a renewed sense of their Jewish identity and their role in tikkun olam, repairing the world. Discussions include ways of continuing their efforts back in Miami and becoming advocates for social justice at home and around the world.

For more information, please contact Carly Greenspan at or at 305-284-9236.


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