Eli Winkelman

Founder, Challah for Hunger

Eli Winkelman co-founded the original chapter of Challah for Hunger when she was a student at Scripps College in Claremont, California. In the 10 years since, the organization has grown to include 70 chapters on three continents. The chapters bring people together on a regular basis to bake and sell challah, raising money and awareness for social justice causes.

Eli is also a proud member of the ROI Community and an alumna of the Joshua Venture Group and Ariane de Rothschild Fellowships. Her work on Challah for Hunger has been recognized by President Bill Clinton, the Jewish Week’s “36 Under 36,” Austin Woman Magazine and others.

Since stepping down from Challah for Hunger's professional team, Eli has opened a new business in Austin: CRAFT. CRAFT is a walk-in studio, whose mission is to be everyone's craft room. When people ask about the connection between Challah for Hunger and CRAFT, Eli explains that it's about coming together to be hands-on and creative. 

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