Challah for Hunger (CfH), a national leadership development and anti-hunger nonprofit, has selected Rebecca Bar as the organization’s new Executive Director, effective immediately.
Launched on a single campus fifteen years ago, CfH operates today on eighty-seven college campuses and at fourteen community centers around the country. Volunteers gather regularly to bake and sell challah, and donate the money raised to local and national food justice nonprofits. In response to the growing and pervasive issue of campus food insecurity, CfH launched the Campus Hunger Project three years ago to train student volunteers in the advocacy and leadership skills needed to help the 41% of university students struggling to afford food.
A longtime Philadelphia resident, Bar first came to Challah for Hunger several years ago as a volunteer helping to organize local family programming. With a focus in growing national and international partnerships and a deep commitment to the Jewish value of tikkun olam, she brings more than a decade’s worth of experience managing and providing strategic growth and innovation to Jewish nonprofits and scaling them sustainably.
“I got involved fighting food insecurity as a college freshman at the University of Pennsylvania through my involvement with the tzedek Hillel committee,” said Bar. “Becoming an advocate for hunger relief at the same time my Jewish identity was crystallizing was a pivotal moment for me, and I am thrilled to continue those efforts leading this great organization as we continue to grow.”
Rebecca was previously VP of Community Partnerships for Honeymoon Israel. In this role, she supported and managed a team, solidified multiple national partnerships and stewarded relationships in several new communities. Following university, Rebecca lived in Israel for a year and studied at The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. Afterward, she worked for AJC
Rebecca was a founder of Philadelphia’s Moishe House, where she worked for nearly half a decade.