Challah for Hunger:
Challah for Hunger is an international non-profit organization which raises money and awareness about hunger through the production and sale of challah bread. With the help of volunteers, we bake and sell challahs on campus every other week. Half of our proceeds go to the American Jewish World Service and the other half is donated to local or other organizations such as the Interfaith Council's food bank. This year we have begun to partner with other campus organizations, and these partnerships help determine where our profits are donated as well. Our typical challah flavors include chocolate chip, cinnamon sugar, sesame and plain, but we also make weekly specials like pumpkin and apple cinnamon! Don't hesitate to get in touch if you are interested in volunteering!
The Engagement Committee plans the “Week of Welcome” events at the beginning of each school year; events to introduce students to Hillel, and Jewish opportunities on campus. The committee is focused on keeping student engaged throughout the year by hosting events that peak different interests. We understand that each person has their own concept of Jewish identity and want to make sure that everyone feels included during the year.
First Year Students of Hillel (FYSH):
This group is run by two sophomores first semester and two first year students in the spring. This is a group for First years to explore their connection with Judaism, plan and host cultural events, as well as discover what it is like to be a part of the Jewish community at UNC-CH!
Holocaust Education Project (HEP):
The Holocaust Education Project plans events for education and remembrance of the Holocaust. One annual event is the “Reading of the Names,” which takes place on Holocaust Remembrance Day. This academic year marks the 15th year of this event on campus. Students read names of those that were lost in the Holocaust for 24 hours in the Pit. Other events include trips to local Holocaust museums. This academic year, we are excited to announce that Nobel Laureate, Holocaust survivor, and world humanitarian Elie Wiesel is coming to campus.
The Interfaith Committee is responsible for creating and developing relationships with other faith-related organizations on campus. They work with the Muslim Students Association to plan Jewish Muslim Arts Fest as well as other collaborative initiatives throughout the year.
The Israel Committee meets to discuss Israel and how to talk about it on campus. They plan many types of events related to Israel, ranging from the annual “Israel Fest” celebration in the Pit to speakers to fundraising events. This year’s Israel programming will be enriched by Hillel’s new Israel Fellow.
The Outreach Committee is in charge of working with other organizations on campus to promote collaboration and co-sponsored events.
Religious Programs Committee:
The Religious Programs Committee creates programs for Jewish holidays, and learning opportunities such as “Dinner and a Rabbi”. All denominations and viewpoints of Judaism are welcome.
The Shabbat Committee organizes students to lead Friday night services each week. including developing alternative (conversation-based) services. This committee also plans Friday evening activities and themed Shabbat dinners.
The Tzedek (“Justice” in Hebrew) Committee works to promote social justice and direct service in the Chapel Hill community and abroad. Events in the past have included: Project Rush Hour (a volunteer program for students to work at the local Interfaith Council Food Pantry) and Alternative Break trips that helped with Katrina relief in New Orleans as well as infrastructure projects in Argentina. The Tzedek Committee is a way get connected with people interested in social justice and will help leave your heelprint on campus and in the world.