Challah for Hunger announced today that Carly Zimmerman will join the organization as Director and Challah Experience Officer (CEO). Zimmerman will be responsible for all of Challah for Hunger’s operations, including student leadership development, philanthropic allocations, chapter operations, fundraising, budgeting and community relations. She shares a few thoughts on the future of the organization and her sources of inspiration. Read More »
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CHALLAH FOR HUNGER NAMES CARLY ZIMMERMAN AS DIRECTOR AND CEO
July 10, 2013, Philadelphia, PA — Challah for Hunger announced today that Carly Zimmerman (née Adelmann) will join the organization as Director and Challah Experience Officer (CEO). Zimmerman will be responsible for all of Challah for Hunger’s operations, including student leadership development, philanthropic allocations, chapter operations, fundraising, budgeting and community relations.
“Carly, who started a Challah for Hunger chapter as an undergraduate at the University of Pittsburgh and has worked with college students for the past three years at Hillel, is uniquely positioned to succeed as the Director of Challah for Hunger,” said Kate Forester, President of the Board of Directors.
Zimmerman worked as the Janet L. Swanson Director of Jewish Student Life at the Hillel Jewish University Center of Pittsburgh and, most recently, as the Jewish Life Director at Temple University’s Hillel. She recently completed her master’s degree at the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership and has received numerous accolades, including University of Pittsburgh’s “Advisor of the Year” award. She was also one of 11 Hillel professionals to participate in the Harrison Leadership and Professional International Development’s (LAPID) third cohort.
“Challah for Hunger made a huge impact on my life,” Zimmerman said. “I’m excited to work side-by-side with student leaders around the world to help them support and raise awareness for social justice causes. I look forward to strengthening our network of more than 60 chapters.”
Zimmerman succeeds Challah for Hunger’s Founder and Challah Enthusiasm Officer (CEO),
Eli Winkelman. Winkelman started Challah for Hunger with friends in November 2004 as an undergraduate at Scripps College, and under her creative and strategic guidance, Challah for Hunger has grown into a global nonprofit organization. A former Joshua Venture Fellow, alumna of the PresenTense Institute and an ROI Community member, Winkelman will transition into a Board role with the organization and launch a new venture this fall.
“Eli has been the inspiration to countless social entrepreneurs in both the Jewish and non-Jewish sectors,” said Board Member Dana Baruch.
“Challah for Hunger will thrive under Carly’s leadership,” Winkelman said. “Her experience is impressive and her enthusiasm is genuine.”
Zimmerman’s selection followed a national search led by Challah for Hunger’s Board of Directors.
The position is made possible through support from the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, part of the Schusterman Philanthropic Network.
From March to June 2013, Emory University alumna and chapter founder Liz Smulian served as Interim Director.
Challah for Hunger brings people together to bake and sell challah in an effort to raise money and raise awareness for social justice. The national nonprofit will be honoring Winkelman’s and Zimmerman’s transitions by crowdsourcing a compendium of memorable Challah moments to be presented at a celebration on October 26, 2013, in Austin, TX. For further information as it becomes available, subscribe to Challah for Hunger’s newsletter at www.challah.org/connect.
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ANNOUNCING “FRIDAY NIGHT HACK,” FIRST-EVER DUAL HACKATHON FOR ISRAEL AND THE JEWISH WORLD
Hackathon to foster open data, transparency and collaboration; set to take place simultaneously in Silicon Valley and Tel Aviv, July 19 – 20
New York, NY, July 9, 2013 – Friday Night Hack, the first-ever dual hackathon focused on Israel and the Jewish world, will take place simultaneously in Silicon Valley and Tel Aviv on July 19-20. More than 120 hackers are expected to participate in the 24-hour event, which is designed to leverage open data to foster greater collaboration, engagement and transparency. It is supported by the Schusterman Philanthropic Network and Israel-based Hasadna – The Public Knowledge Workshop.
Friday Night Hack will bring the do-gooder hacking culture of creating open-source, open-data software and applications for positive change to community projects related to Israel and the wider Jewish world. It will also begin to build a global network of hackers committed to devoting time and talent to strengthening communities across the Jewish world and Israel. For more information, please visit the Hackathon website.
Hackathons, also known as codefests, bring together developers, designers, programmers, coders and others with expertise in software development to collaborate intensively on building innovative technology-based applications for public use. Hackathons are often designed to address specific social, business, civic and education challenges.
“Our support for Friday Night Hack is rooted in our belief that technology, innovation and entrepreneurship have a key role to play addressing global challenges,” said Seth Cohen, Director of Network Initiatives for the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, which is part of the Schusterman Philanthropic Network. “It is an amazing opportunity to bring together the innovation capitals of Tel Aviv and the greater Silicon Valley to hack for a good cause and to open up a flow of ideas between the innovation sector and the power, drive and creativity surfacing in the Jewish world.”
Friday Night Hack will feature projects within two main channels—one focused on strengthening the global Jewish community and the other on Israel. Hackers in each location can choose which channel to work on.
The event’s organizers are currently accepting proposals for the Jewish Channel, looking for apps that will engage young Jewish adults around the world. One project that has already been selected is “Open Dorms: College Roommate Finder App,” an application being developed to help Jewish students to find roommates in college with similar backgrounds and interests. To submit a proposal, please visit the Hackathon website.
One of the tasks the hackers will take on for the Israel Channel is a collaborative push to work on the design and coding for “Open Muni – Open Budget,” an application created to make Israeli municipal budgets more transparent and accessible so local citizens can know more about how their funds are allocated and spent.
Friday Night Hack will open with a Shabbat dinner in each location and close 24 hours later with presentations during a wrap-up event. This event is one of a number of opportunities the Schusterman Philanthropic Network supports to provide more access points into Jewish life and to enable young people to enjoy a Shabbat experience while they express their dedication and commitment to the Jewish future and Israel in a personally meaningful way. In the Bay Area, the hackathon is hosted in partnership with the innovation committee of the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation. Because participants will work with open-source code, there will be opportunities following the hackathon to continue building on what is developed.
“Open Muni – Open Budget will strengthen leaders and citizens alike in Israel’s local municipalities by providing a platform that will allow sharing and social interaction with the budget and spending,” said Yuval Admon, CEO of Hasadna. “The technology behind it can also be adapted and adopted in municipalities around the world to provide a similar type of transparency. It is another example of how hackathons are a great way to get developers, coders and content creators together, working on building ideas into web and mobile applications and channeling creative energy into making our communities a better place.”
Addresses of the Hackathon in both locations: Silicon Valley: PARISOMA (169 11th St, San Francisco, CA, 94103); Tel Aviv: Campus TLV, Electra Building, 26 floor office (98 Yigal Alon St).
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About the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Philanthropic Network:
The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Philanthropic Network (SPN) is a global enterprise that supports and creates innovative initiatives for the purpose of igniting the passion and unleashing the power in young people to create positive change for themselves, the Jewish community and the broader world. SPN includes the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, Schusterman Foundation-Israel, ROI Community and REALITY. www.schusterman.org
Hasadna (the Public Knowledge Workshop of Israel) is a volunteer-run, Israeli non-profit organization devoted to promoting transparency by liberating data that should be open to everyone. By building open-source applications, Hasadna strives to make information available and accessible via the web for everyone to access. http://fhn.hasadna.org.il/index.html.
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We are excited to partner with “Hasadna” (the Public Knowledge Workshop of Israel) to launch “Friday Night Hack” on July 19. This new initiative will take a collaborative, interactive and international approach to combining open-source, open-data networks of savvy coders and inspiring challenges to leverage the power of technology for positive change in the Jewish community and Israel. Read More »