Jewish Social Justice

Dating Ourselves

We at Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger are honored to be included in Jo Ellen Green Kaiser’s “Do What Is Just” (February 2010), but the article is incorrect about our founding date. Mazon was founded in 1985, not 1960, on the basis of an article by Leonard Fein in Moment magazine, during a time of major famine in Ethiopia and lavish celebrations within the Jewish community. Echoing the rabbinic tradition of setting aside “the corners of our fields” to feed the hungry, Fein advocated donating 3 percent of the cost of lifecycle events. Over the last 25 years, Mazon has granted more than $50 million to prevent and alleviate hunger among people of all faiths.

Edward Yerke-Robins
Los Angeles, California

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Sojourners Magazine April 2010
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'Do What Is Just'

The Jewish social justice movement in the U.S. has never been more vibrant than it is today—and that’s saying a lot, since Judaism is a religion of doing, not dogma. Generations of rabbis have taken their guidance from Isaiah, who suggested that Jews’ religious duty is fulfilled when we “observe what is right and do what is just” (Isaiah 56:1).

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Sojourners Magazine February 2010
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