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MAZON ANNOUNCES NEW SLATE OF OFFICERS FOR ITS BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Influential Congregational Rabbi from Minnesota Becomes Chair

Los Angeles, CA (April 23, 2012) – MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, a leader in the national anti-hunger community, announced today the inauguration of a new slate of officers for its Board of Directors, including Rabbi Harold J. Kravitz of Minnetonka, MN, who has assumed responsibility as the organization’s newest Board Chair.

“I am honored to have been offered this opportunity to become Chair of this wonderful organization,” says Rabbi Kravitz. “My wife Cindy introduced MAZON to me shortly after its founding, and supporting MAZON was the first social justice I introduced to my congregation in Minneapolis when I arrived. I continue to be impressed by the profound impact MAZON makes in the fight to eradicate hunger. As we move ahead, we look forward to engaging our hundreds of synagogue partners to advance this important cause.”

Harold J. Kravitz is Senior Rabbi-Max Newman Family Chair in Rabbinics at Adath Jeshurun Congregation (Conservative) in Minnetonka, MN. He has received numerous honors, including recognition from Congressman Jim Ramstad for his anti-hunger advocacy efforts, and he was the keynote speaker at Day on the Hill for the Joint Religions Legislative Coalition. In addition to his leadership in Minnesota-area rabbinical coalitions, Rabbi Kravitz serves on the Executive

Council and Administrative of the Rabbinical Assembly (RA) and is currently ending his third term as Chairperson of their Vaad Hakavod, the Committee for Professional Ethics.

Joining Rabbi Kravitz as officers are: Ruth Laibson of Haverford, PA and Shirley Davidson of Dallas, TX as Vice Chairs; Adam Berger of Boston, MA as Treasurer; and Robin Thomas of Desert Hot Springs, CA as Secretary.

Prior to Rabbi Kravitz, Joel E. Jacob of West Bloomfield, MI, served as Board chair for three years.

About MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger
MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger is a national nonprofit organization working to prevent and alleviate hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds in the United States, Israel and selected developing nations. MAZON, which means “food” or “sustenance” in Hebrew, was the first national organization to rally the American Jewish community around the issue of hunger, and remains the only national Jewish organization dedicated exclusively to that same cause. MAZON seeks to embody twin Jewish ideals, practicing justice (tzedakah) by working to ensuring that food reaches those who are hungry today and acting to repair the world (tikkun olam) by urging our policymakers to protect and strengthen the nation’s nutrition safety net so that no one goes hungry tomorrow. Please visit mazon.org for more information.

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