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. 

Shanah Tovah U’metukah and G’mar Chatima Tovah from our families to yours.

Break Your Fast With Justice: 

This High Holy Days season, we have a small gift for you and your community, and it comes in the package of an animated short. We hope the reflections contained in the video below — from Abby Leibman, our CEO and President; Rabbi Joel Pitkowsky, MAZON board member and rabbi of Congregation Beth Sholom (NJ); and Rabbi Dara Frimmer, MAZON partner and rabbi of Temple Isaiah (CA) — draw welcome connections between the deeply personal experience of the High Holy Days and the communal responsibility to pursue tzedek.

We invite you to watch the video — on your own, with your loved ones, or as part of a High Holy Days service or learning session — and then reflect on the questions in our discussion guide.

Want to share your reflections? Check out our social media image bank below to post and encourage others to participate.

Social Media Image Bank and Discussion Guide:

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MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger is pleased to partner with #HereFor, a project of OneTable, bringing people together in new and meaningful observances for the High Holy Days. This year’s High Holy Days are ready to meet the moment. Are you? What are you #HereFor this holiday season? MAZON is #HereforJustice.

MAZON High Holy Days eCards are now available: Click Here

Honor a loved one with a holiday eCard or mailed tribute card. As we welcome a New Year and all the change we hope it will bring, join MAZON in ensuring every person can meet their most basic of needs — food on their table, and confidence in a better tomorrow. Thanks to a matching grant challenge from the Gene & Marlene Epstein Humanitarian Fund, your gift will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $10,000.

Please note: Due to reported mail delays, please leave extra time for tribute cards or send eCards instead.

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Additional Sermon, Program and Food Drive Resources: 

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.

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 our COVID-19 policy priorities

Jewish Texts: 
You may use these resources to ground a conversation about hunger in the larger themes of the holidays.

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.

Many communities have a long-standing tradition of holding a food drive for Yom Kippur, which is a wonderful, immediate way to support those struggling with food insecurity locally. We are deeply grateful to the many congregations that build on this effort by encouraging congregants to support MAZON as well, whether by simply stapling a MAZON envelope (available for order below) to the collection bags or starting a fundraiser. Food insecurity is more widespread than ever, food stamps (SNAP) have been cut, food banks are overwhelmed and Congress seems paralyzed to address these issues. The Jewish community can help by supporting MAZON's advocacy with their donations. Thank you for including us in your High Holy Days observances.

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