Global Hunger Shabbat: Resources
The Global Hunger Shabbat materials are designed to educate you and your community about one of the hidden causes of global hunger and how you can help alleviate it by advocating for reforms to U.S. food aid policy. Though some parts of these materials are specifically geared to the official Global Hunger Shabbat weekend, November 2-3, you should find the majority of these materials meaningful and relevant all year round.
If you do plan to use these materials, please do sign up as a Global Hunger Shabbat host, so we can more effectively respond to your needs and connect your programming with AJWS’s ongoing work on behalf of human rights in the developing world.
To get started, please click on the relevant program guide which will help you tailor Global Hunger Shabbat for your needs. These guides provide descriptions of the materials and suggestions for integrating them into your Shabbat programming:
- Hosting Global Hunger Shabbat in your Synagogue or Community Setting
- Hosting Global Hunger Shabbat at Home
- Hosting Global Hunger Shabbat on Campus
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- Reverse Hunger Prezi Presentation Experience our new Prezi on Reverse Hunger, AJWS’s campaign to end the global food crisis. As you click through the presentation you’ll zoom from Haiti to the Halls of Congress, tracing the progress that you and other supporters have helped us make in building a just global food system and ensuring that people in the developing world can grow and eat their own food.
- GHS PostersThese designed posters will help you publicize your GHS event. Post them in your synagogue, community center, or on your campus bulletin board!
- For 8.5x11 size paper. Editable poster (fill in your date/time/location).
- For 8.5x11 size paper. General poster
- GHS PlacematUse this placemat as a conversation starter at your GHS event.
- For 8.5x11 size paper. Print this placemat on two sheets of paper and paste them together.
- Sample sermon This sermon text is designed to be used in full or as the basis for writing your own sermon or dvar Torah about reducing global hunger by reforming U.S. food aid policy.
- A Prayer for People Living in Hunger around the World This original prayer uses verses from the Torah and other Jewish sources to call on the Jewish community to listen to the cries of people living in hunger and to take action. The prayer can be used as part of the traditional Shabbat service or incorporated into kiddush or an educational program.
- Solidarity Plate Activity This discussion-based activity is intended for use at the Shabbat table (at home or in a communal setting). Through readings and discussion questions, participants will explore the impact of U.S. food aid on global hunger and how they can take action to change it for the better.
- Text Study: The Power of Advocacy This text study is designed to facilitate learning and discussion about the role of advocacy in the Torah and in contemporary life. Learning from the stories of Abraham and Moses, participants will examine their own power and responsibility to advocate for more just U.S. food aid policy.
- Additional resources In addition to the primary materials above, you can find additional resources about U.S. food aid policy and the Farm Bill by clicking here. These resources include articles, educational activities, fact sheets and more for those who want to deepen their learning.