Posts Tagged: hunger

Typhoon Haiyan Calls for Action on Climate Change



When faced with catastrophe and war, we are quick to recall Leviticus 19: “Do not stand idly by while your neighbor bleeds.” This Jewish teaching led us to rally for stronger laws to prevent gun violence after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary school and called us to demand justice after the Boston Marathon bombing. […]

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MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger & URJ Campers Send Over 500 Letters to President Obama



It’s so hard to believe the summer is coming to a close. It feels like just yesterday that I was gearing up for another summer of travel, visiting URJ camps across the country to teach a Hunger Advocacy program on behalf of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger. I was thrilled to visit URJ Greene Family Camp, Eisner Camp and Crane Lake Camp this summer, and I am left with so many fantastic impressions from the kids I worked with.

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A Menu of Social Justice



Rabbi Michael Namath, Program Director here at the RAC, tells a story to our L’Taken students: One day, as a few people were walking by the riverside, they saw babies floating down the river.  Several people jumped into the river and started pulling the babies out to try to save them, but more and more […]

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NFTY-MV: Understanding Modern Day Slavery



Each year, as the grocery stores begin to display their Pesach foods, I, without fail, think to myself “Passover time already?!” Each year, we are commanded to “regard ourselves as if we ourselves went forth from the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 13:8) so that we can feel how sweet freedom is.

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How ‘Doing’ Opens our Hearts to ‘Hearing’ the Cries of Hunger



by Rabbi Susan Talve Earlier this month, I joined many in the Jewish community in St. Louis and across the country in a Food Stamp Challenge. The Challenge was sponsored by the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, Mazon and the Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist movements to raise awareness for the Supplementary Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) […]

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How Do You Access Your Judaism?



Last week one of my bosses posed this question to me: “How do you access your Judaism?” Immediately, I thought of more than a few ways: singing on Shabbat, Jewish courses in college, living tikkun olam through community service, my job, saying the sh’ma. I was about to respond with these, when I realized that […]

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A Moral Obligation for Food Day



What would Passover be without matzah ball soup, Hanukkah without latkes, Thanksgiving without turkey? For the Jewish – and indeed American – people, food plays a pivotal role in who and what we are. So let’s celebrate it with Food Day on October 24. Although Food Day was designed to be a day to celebrate […]

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Sukkah of Peace



Few symbols associated with our holiday cycle are as colorful and interesting as the sukkah.  Following the biblical command that we should dwell in this temporary and frail shelter for seven days, many Jews today will not eat under a fixed roof during the entire period of the festival, taking their meals in the sukkah […]

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Is This the Fast You Chose: Something You Haven’t Heard Before



Yesterday we read in Isaiah the famous line, “Is this not the fast I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?” (58:6). The verses, and our High Holy Day sermons, go on to talk about the hungry in […]

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The First of Many Summers Together – GFC & MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger



“There are 17 million children going to school without breakfast every morning and that number keeps increasing. Who is to say that I am not next? Please do something.”

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Sudan’s Hunger Crisis as a Modern-Day Plague



Every seder is a memory-making moment. Friends and family gather to read from the Haggadah, to eat matzah and drink wine. At our seders, we are a real “by the book” kind of family when retelling the story of the Israelites’ redemption from slavery and exodus from Egypt. Of course, my children will add a […]

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How is this box different from all other boxes?



Ask anyone in humanitarian aid circles what is the most useful tool for fundraising and the answer will almost always be “the camera.” Whether or not it is possible to raise funds without taking photos of people in often desperate situations is the question that now rocks the Israeli NGO community. Moshe Kahlon, Israel’s Minister […]

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