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Making the Grade

| August 27, 2009

A MAZON donor was recently highlighted in The News-Gazette  newspaper of Champaign-Urbana, IL. August 13, 2009 Making the Grade “For his bar mitzvah – a coming-of-age ceremony for Jews – Saul Downie elected to give gifts instead of receive them and collected thousands of dollars for two charities in the process. The Urbana Middle School Read More

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Back to School!

| August 26, 2009

The months of August and September mark the time for new beginnings.  Young children are going off to school; young adults are off to college; and we begin our “normal” routine.  As I reflect on this summer, I recall the worries of drought, concerns about the economy and the slowly increasing gas prices.  All of Read More

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The Power of Interfaith Hunger Advocacy

| August 18, 2009

  I have just returned from keynoting a speech at a conference sponsored by the Wisconsin Council of Churches. It was held at a rustic retreat center on beautiful Lake Geneva in Williams Bay (about an hour from Milwaukee). The theme of the interfaith conference was “The Earth Speaks: Hunger, Our Spiritual Challenge”. My speech Read More

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MAZON-Funded SOVA Food Pantry Sees Record Numbers In July

| August 12, 2009

My first official blog as Vice President of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger is prompted by recent news from Fred, my friend and former colleague at the SOVA Community Food and Resource Program in Los Angeles.  In 2002, when I became SOVA director, our three food pantries were providing free groceries for about 2500 Read More

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