High Holy Days

May the sounding of the shofar call you to act on behalf of all those who are hungry in our midst! 

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"Is this not the fast I have chosen?" We read these words every year at Yom Kippur, but millions of Americans do not choose their fast. This year, this fast - join MAZON and remember those who have no choice in their fast. 

As you prepare for the High Holy Days, we would like to offer meaningful resources so that our fast might lead us to "share [our] bread with the hungry" and work to end hunger for all. 

Sharing stories of people struggling with food insecurity is a powerful way to help your congregation better understand the realities of who is hungry in America today and why. Judaism teaches that every person is made b'tzelem Elohim - in God’s image. In embracing the godliness of those around us, we accept a responsibility to them - and to addressing their struggles. As we begin this new year together, too many people - be they neighbors or strangers, each b’tzelem Elohim -  will struggle to put food on the table.

Click here for stories from This Is Hunger, MAZON’s community engagement program. These stories are ideal for sharing in sermons or High Holy Day study sessions. For free, printed story cards with photographs and first-person narratives, please email lbraun@mazon.org.

Hunger is as prevalent as it is pernicious.  Click here to learn the facts about hunger, including an interactive map with statistics about hunger in your state. Please note that these numbers do not reflect the great economic upheaval following onset of the pandemic. Don't hesitate to reach out with questions, and consider exploring data collected by our partners at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Jewish Texts: 
Click here for a compilation of Jewish texts that speak to our tradition's commitment to caring for the poor and hungry.

Yamim Noraim 5780/2019 Sermon Seeds by Rabbi Michael Rothbaum, JCJM Cohort '19

Atem Nitzavim: standing together against hunger, a d'var Torah for Parshat Nitzavim by Rabbi Erin Glazer, former MAZON staff

MAZON has created a series of projects that connect hunger-related education and advocacy with the Jewish holidays.

Learn more about our activities for Yom Kippur and Sukkot.

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