Challah for Hunger
Challah for Hunger is a national charity that bakes and sells challahs on college campuses. The organization donates all the proceeds toward ending hunger in local communities and spreading awareness of the current problems of food shortage and insecurity. UCLA has a Challah for Hunger chapter that bakes challahs at UCLA Hillel at 6 p.m. every other Wednesday. Contact Hillel for more info.
Tomchei LA Shabbos
Tomchei is an organization that assists Jewish people in the Los Angeles area by providing family services. They provide people of need with food, clothing, furniture and more. Additionally, they help people obtain educations, assist with living situations, and provide social service organizations to aid in the job search. If you would like to get involved, you can join Tomchei in packing food boxes on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. at 8761 West Pico Blvd, Los Angeles 900235 or 12405 Sylvan Street, North Hollywood 91606. In addition, you can donate furniture, provide new job opportunities, or volunteer your services.
Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles LA Wildfire Relief Fund
The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles addresses the challenges of Jewish life by providing community support for all generations. They have started a fund to give back to organizations and support those in times of need. 100% of the funds go directly toward those in need. Generosity is greatly appreciated to help the Jewish future thrive. Their website is www.jewishla.org or jewishla.org/lafires to donate to victims of the Socal fires.
Etta Israel Center
The Etta Israel Center serves Jewish youth with special needs and their families in the Los Angeles area. Their services range from residential housing to educational and social services. Etta is celebrating 25 years of service with a gala at The Beverly Hilton on Wednesday, Nov. 28, hosted by UCLA alumni Mayim Bialik from “The Big Bang Theory.” Visit their website etta.org for more info.
Bearing Witness is a program at UCLA that brings students in direct contact with Holocaust survivors. The program, offered during winter quarter, places you in an intimate setting where you are able to talk directly with a survivor and learn about their past and present during lunches throughout the 10-week program. Students participating in this program perform a mitzvah by continuing to pass down these survivor’s stories for years to come. Check out the Bearing Witness Facebook page fb.me/bearingwithnessUCLA/ for more info.
Camp Kesem is a nonprofit organization with a nationwide community that supports children for the duration of their parent’s cancer. Camp Kesem has over 100 free summer camps in over 40 states that allow children who have been impacted by a parent’s cancer to have a fun summer experience. If you would like to get involved, email [email protected].