Wednesday, September 4, 2013

High Holy Days Food Drive

The High Holidays are a time to not only reflect about how to repair and strengthen each individual’s relationship with Adonai, but also on how to make a difference and help repair the world. Many communities use the opportunity of Yom Kippur, when many of us chose to be hungry for a day while we fast, to also remember and do something about people in their communities who struggle with hunger every day of the year. This year, Beth Shalom will be having a food drive to support the Food Bank of East Alabama. On Rosh Hashanah there will be paper grocery sacks, donated by Earth Fare, with information from Mazon, a Jewish non-profit focused on fighting hunger, and a list of the items most needed by the food bank. We are asking all, who care to participate to take home the bag and bring it back on Yom Kippur with non-perishable items. There will also be a donation envelope for those who care to help Mazon at this time.

In Mazon's words:

"Jews share a sacred duty to accept responsibility for the vulnerable people in our midst. MAZON seeks to uphold that obligation by embodying twin Jewish ideals: tzedakah (justice) and tikkun olam (repair the world)."