We’re still flying high from the extraordinary success of Global Hunger Shabbat this past weekend. Over 250 communities and 10,000 people across the United States—from California to Kansas—and around the world in Israel, India and Nigeria (!) learned, reflected, and charged their activist batteries to make food justice a reality for everyone.
Arielle Golden of Beth El Congregation in Akron, Ohio told us, “We had about 125 people come to the synagogue for an alternative Kabbalat Shabbat, during which I said a few words about my time as an AJWS World Partners Fellow working on issues of food insecurity and talked about AJWS’s new campaign, Reverse Hunger: Ending the Global Food Crisis. People were very interested in this issue, and I think it is because I had first-person experiences to share in interacting with food insecure people in India. It makes all the difference.”
It’s clear that momentum is building: Over 700 people have signed up to receive daily prompts for AJWS’s 18 Days of Action—a platform for ongoing engagement and activism around food justice—and over 3,200 people have signed the Jewish Petition for a Just Farm Bill. Wow. We’re well on our way to reaching our goal of 5,000 signatures by Thanksgiving, but we need your help. If you haven’t signed the petition, sign it now! Then post it, tweet it, and share it with all your friends.