I’ll be the first to shamefully admit that when I first
signed up to bake bread for Challah for Hunger, my motives were not exactly
Gandhi-esque. I thought: it’s convenient, right near campus, I get to learn how
to make food and eat it in the end. Sweet. I did not know what foundation the
proceeds of the challah were going, all I knew was that challah was delicious.
I did indeed learn how to roll and fill the challah dough (a
useful skill) and purchased a loaf for myself, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
However, a period of illumination occurred some time in between the
dough-rolling and the challah-eating, when the bread was rising in the oven,
when UCLA Alumna and Jewish World Watch Co-Founder and
President Janice Kamenir-Reznik gave an enlightening presentation on where
exactly the funds from Challah for Hunger were headed. The Jewish World Watch is dedicated to
putting an end to mass atrocities, such as that which irreparably devastated
European Jewry (amongst many other minority gro…
About three years ago, my awkward freshmen self, walked up to a table on Bruin walk and handed in an application. It was three pieces of paper, stapled together consisting of some general information about myself and a few short answer questions about what kind of volunteer work I liked. I had heard about this mysterious club called Bruin Belles through a friend that lived on my floor, and so of course I was intrigued and wanted to apply. Little did I know that one week later I’d receive a call from a board member letting me know I’d gotten in. She however did not tell me that this would make college for me. Since joining Belles those three years ago, I have not regretted one thing. Not spending my early morning Saturday hours playing with kids, or being knee deep in paper work at the Meals on Wheels office. Or taking a study break to grab pizza or fro yo with the other girls. Belles has truly made my time at UCLA mean something. As corny as it sounds (I apologize, I am SUPER corny) sp…