The Hunger No More Curriculum helps congregations facilitate discussions of issues related to hunger, poverty and powerlessness in the U.S. and the developing world; the causes, solutions and the roles that they might play. It is about the Jewish community struggling to clarify it’s identify and mission to respond to the tradition at home and abroad.
What is Hunger No More all about?
We live in a shrinking and ever-more-interdependent world. Whether by means of the labels on
our clothes; the globalization of communication and markets; the role of transnational corporations; the threats of international terrorism; the challenges of multi-national peacekeeping; the ongoing evolution of the World Wide Web; or hunger at home and abroad, our lives are touched by people, events and ideas that originate far from our own neighborhoods. And we, in turn, affect the lives of people far away.
For people of faith, this growing awareness brings a gift (knowledge of customs, traditions and
lessons from many cultures) and an obligation to understand our world – and our responsibilities in it – better. Those responsibilities, expressed throughout Jewish text and tradition, include caring for those who are hungry and poor, and exploring ways we can improve ourselves, and the world around us, through tikkun olam.
Hunger No More helps social justice activists examine issues related to hunger, poverty and powerlessness in the United States and the developing world: the causes, solutions and the roles that each of us might play. It empowers the Jewish community to give voice to an urgent mission – not accepting the world as it is, but working to build the world as we would like it to be.
Who is it for?
Hunger No More provides a basic introduction to global hunger and poverty, and Judaism’s
perspective on ending them. The material is designed for anyone interested in addressing these
issues, even for the first time. Each session aims to open a discussion, not to push people to
predetermined answers. At the end of the sessions, people may still disagree about issues and
strategies; it is our hope that, even in disagreement, they will recognize the importance of working together. Partnership and open collaboration are critical to our shared goal of strengthening our global society.
Hunger No More includes six sessions that can be adapted for more than one age group or setting. Explore them all with an inquisitive mind and an open heart. Since the issues are
relevant for people of all ages, the lessons can also be used to connect generations!
• Individual study, reflection and introspection
• Adult, youth or children’s education during a special season of the Jewish calendar, such as Sukkot, or preparation for the High Holy Days, a time when we assess our life and how we can make the world a better place. Hunger No More can also be used as an ongoing supplement to a regular education curriculum
• Bar or Bat Mitzvah preparation or confirmation classes
• Finding common ground among diverse Jewish communities. Hunger No More might be an appropriate lead-in, for example, for a trans-denominational meeting convened by a local Jewish Community Relations Council
• Synagogue-based social action, tzedek or bikkur holim committees, to ground the work of their mission
• Synagogue, youth group or adult education retreats
Be creative! The lessons contained in each session are vital to our ability, as Jews and members of a diverse global community, to effect positive and lasting change. Use Hunger No More to make this goal a relevant and meaningful part of your own life!