Community Briefs: Rebranding, PICC Leadership, More

Rebecca Bar. Courtesy of Nazun

Challah for Hunger Rebrands as Nazun
Philadelphia-based Challah for Hunger, which was founded in 2004, announced that it is changing its name to Nazun, which is Hebrew for “we will nourish.” The organization, which was founded at Scripps College in California and relocated to Philadelphia in 2013, “inspires people to embrace their power and put it into practice to end campus food insecurity, and other pressing social justice challenges.”

Participants in more than 60 chapters across the country continue to bake challah to combat college hunger– the original mission — the organization’s work has grown to include leadership development, community building, advocacy and collective philanthropy.

The organization said one in three students suffers from food insecurity and doesn’t know where their next meal might come from because of lack of resources, time or money to obtain nutritious food.

“Challah for Hunger has grown exponentially in the last decade, and the students’ commitment to ending campus hunger has grown, too,” board chair Wendy Rhein said.

“The board has taken on an extensive process to come to Nazun as a name and brand, and I couldn’t be happier to see Nazun step into the future.”

Nazun plans to roll out a new logo, website, merchandise, social media and digital marketing.

“We were hearing from both students heavily involved in chapters across the US, as well as those not affiliated (with Challah for Hunger), that the name conveyed certain aspects of who people thought we were, but not who we actually are or how we operate on the ground,” Nazun Executive Director Rebecca Bar said.

Locally, there are chapters at the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Muhlenberg College, Lehigh University and the University of Delaware, as well as a family chapter at the Kaiserman JCC and social change bakeries at Tiferet Bet Israel, Or Hadash, Main Line Reform Temple, Kesher Israel, Judith Creed Homes for Adult Independence, Jewish Family and Children’s Service, Beth Or and Adath Jeshurun, according to the organization’s website.

Samuel P. Mandell Foundation Gives Grant to Update NC Jewish Art Exhibit
The Philadelphia-based Samuel P. Mandell Foundation gifted a $50,000 grant to the North Carolina Museum of Art to support the reinstallation of the Judaica Art Gallery in the People’s Collection, according to a Dec. 16 news release from NCMA.

The exhibit will undergo updates to its display cases, labels, gallery walls and additional hardware, its first update since its 2010 opening in its current location in the museum’s West Building. The NCMA is host to one of two permanent art galleries in the U.S. dedicated to Jewish arts.

“The reinstallation of the Judaic Art Gallery will move visitors to experience this captivating display of beautiful and historic ceremonial objects in such a way that will heighten their appreciation of the historical importance of these works of art,” NCMA Consulting Curator Gabe Goldstein said.

The West Building is projected to close for renovations on June 1 and will reopen to the public in October.

Michael Krupit. Courtesy of the Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce

PICC Names New Leadership Team
The Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce announced a new leadership team on Jan. 10. The chamber has a mission of “strengthening the region’s commercial, research, investment and friendship ties with Israel.”

Mike Krupit, the founder and lead coach of Trajectify LLC, will serve as president.

The vice presidents are Matt Dane Baker, senior vice provost for academic affairs at Thomas Jefferson University and Tiffany McKever, the founder and CEO of Consensus Healthcare Consultants.

Other executive committee members are Vice President Secretary Lawton Laurence, the senior director of applied research and technology at West Pharmaceutical Services; Treasurer Michael L. Riesenbach, the chief operating officer of Isdaner & Co. LLC; immediate past President Matthew I. Fingerman, vice president and senior wealth manager at BNY Mellon; past President Neil Cooper, an executive partner at Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld LLC; and PICC Executive Director Vered Nohi.

— Compiled by Andy Gotlieb and Sasha Rogelberg


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