High Holy Days

Each year the High Holy Days offer us a moment of reflection and renewal. But once every seven years, we are confronted with the tradition of shmita (or “release”), calling us to fundamentally reexamine our relationships: to the land, to our freedoms, and to each other. This shmita year, may the sounding of the shofar call us to act on behalf of all those who are hungry in our midst. Please utilize MAZON’s High Holy Days materials for your family or community observances and contact Paul Sherman, Outreach Manager, with any questions.

Send E-Cards to Your Loved Ones for the High Holy Days

Sending e-cards is a special way to honor your loved ones an celebrate the High Holy Days together. A donation to MAZON helps us fight for a world in which no one must suffer the indignities of hunger.

Watch our High Holy Days Video

We invite you to watch this short 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 themes using our discussion guide and other materials below.

Join Us on Social Media

We’ve put together a toolkit of High Holy Day graphics to share on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Join us by posting these to engage your community in MAZON’s fight to end hunger this High Holy Day season.

Share MAZON’s High Holy Day Ads

We encourage you to feature MAZON’s High Holy Day ads in your synagogue’s mailings or virtual newsletters, as a way to spread awareness about how your community can join MAZON in our fight against hunger.

Order High Holy Day Materials

Fill out a simple form to order MAZON donation envelopes that you can distribute during the High Holy Days. This is a perfect way to supplement food drives, encouraging your community to support MAZON's fight to end hunger in every community.

Include MAZON in Your Food Drive
In addition to the food drives that many communities hold for the High Holy Days, we hope you will encourage support for MAZON as well — whether by providing MAZON materials to collection bags or starting a community fundraiser to support our work to create a world in which every person is able to keep food on their table.
D'var Torah and Sermon Seeds
Ground conversations about hunger in the larger themes of the High Holy Days using MAZON's sample D'var Torah and "sermon seeds" for Rosh Hashanah, Kol Nidre, and Yom Kippur.
Yom Kippur Activity
Explore options for social action activities and discussions during your Yom Kippur programming.
Sukkot Resources
Sukkot offers an opportunity to gather as a community and celebrate the bounty of the earth — as well as recognize and break down the barriers for those who cannot enjoy that bounty.

Your community can help end hunger.

Many of us participate in food drives during the High Holy Days to help to those facing hunger locally. Please consider taking this one step further by fundraising for MAZON's work to change the systems and policies that allow hunger to persist.

Stories

Sharing stories of people struggling with food insecurity is a powerful way to help your community better understand the realities of who is hungry in America today and why. MAZON’s This Is Hunger program includes stories that are ideal for sharing in sermons or High Holy Day study sessions.

This is Hunger

“The food stamps we get aren’t enough to feed four people for a month. It makes me feel sad that my parents sometimes feed us kids and not themselves.”

“If sickness comes along, it can drain all your money in one day. That’s what happened to me.”

“I never imagined I’d get to this age and this would be my life... but if I could get $40 or $50 in food stamps, I could feed myself.”

“When my food stamps run out, it’s kinda scary not knowing if I'm gonna have any money to eat tomorrow.”

Take Action

Include MAZON in Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Jewish tradition teaches that we deepen our own happiness when we share our joyous celebrations with people in need. MAZON has created materials to integrate meaningful tzedakah and tikkun olam opportunities into Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebrations.

Download our Bar/Bat Mitzvah guide and please contact Paul Sherman, Outreach Manager, for more information.

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