Last night, I was moved and honored to attend the second semi-annual gathering at the Washington National Cathederal dedicated to ending hunger and poverty. Hundreds, if not thousands, of Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and Christians from nearly every denominational stripe gathered for a powerful and awe inspiring evening of song, prayer, inspiration and affirmation to our universal commitment and potential to end hunger wherever it is found. I hasten to add that my personal favorite moment was the inclusion on the program of JRF's own Rabbi Shawn Zevit, who did us proud by chanting a moving and hauntingly beautiful barucha to the packed house. Many other national and local rabbinic Reconstructionist leaders, including Adat Shalom's Rabbis Sid Schwarz and Fred Dobb, were also present to lend passion and support to this important cause.
As it was in 2005, the convocation was sponsored by the Christian anti-hunger group Bread for the World, in conjunction with other national religious-based hunger groups (including Mazon).
Yasher koach to Shawn for his role in an unforgettable evening.