Chicago Anti-Hunger Advocacy Shabbaton

| February 19, 2010

On February 7th, MAZON Partner Synagogue Anshe Emet hosted an Anti-Hunger Advocacy Shabbaton. We didn’t realize at the time that the congregants hosting the many politicians – from local leaders all the way to Democratic Party Whip Dick Durbin – were Anshe Emet’s Bar & Bat Mitzvah students!

When you think of an “advocate”, what’s the first image that comes to mind? Here’s what we picture:

Anshe Emet Bar Mitzvah student Charles Shulruff speaks to Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer. Courtesy Howard Tullman

Anshe Emet Bar Mitzvah student Charles Shulruff speaks to Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer. Courtesy Howard Tullman.

The Cohen Family address Illinois Representative Sara Feigenholtz. Photo courtesy Howard Tullman.

The Cohen Family address Illinois Representative Sara Feigenholtz. Courtesy Howard Tullman.

Bat Mitzvah student Julia Lawson and father Fred. Courtesy Howard Tullman.

Bat Mitzvah student Julia Lawson and father Fred. Courtesy Howard Tullman.

Lynne and Lenny Brahin. Courtesy Howard Tullman.

Lynne and Lenny Brahin. Courtesy Howard Tullman.

Bar Mitzvah student and anti-hunger advocate Isaac Silver. Courtesy Howard Tullman.

Bar Mitzvah student and anti-hunger advocate Isaac Silver. Courtesy Howard Tullman.

MAZON Partner Rabbi Michael Siegel. Courtesy Howard Tullman.

MAZON Partner Rabbi Michael Siegel. Courtesy Howard Tullman.

Anshe Emet's Bar/Bat Mitzvah students, Social Justice Committe and community united against hunger. Courtesy Howard Tullman.

Anshe Emet's Bar/Bat Mitzvah students, Social Justice Committe and community united against hunger. Courtesy Howard Tullman.

For more photos from the event, visit Howard Tullman’s blog HindSight.

Many thanks to Uri Pachter, Stacey Wolin, Rabbi Michael Siegel and Rabbi Daniel Burg for their dedication in transforming Anshe Emet into Chicago’s “food advocacy central”, and for all the students and families speaking out to end hunger. This Shabbaton is a wonderful model for congregations everywhere.

You don’t need to wait for Senators at Shul to be an advocate – just speak up for what you believe in. Write a letter, send an email, make a phone call. Learn how to contact your elected officials.

2 Responses

  1. With the belief that networking and advocacy are key components to addressing long-term hunger issues,….

    I think its a very good event…..

    I am with them.

    Thanks for sharing.

    http://www.expeditionamerica.net/top-things-to-see-in-chicago.html

  2. With the belief that networking and advocacy are key components to addressing long-term hunger issues,….

    I think its a very good event…..

    I am with them.

    Thanks for sharing.

    http://www.expeditionamerica.net/top-things-to-see-in-chicago.html

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