On June 6, 2005, at 7:00 p.m., the first ever Interfaith Convocation on Hunger will assemble one of the largest gatherings of anti-hunger and anti-poverty activists in the nation' s capital in decades. The Jewish Reconstructionist Federation is pleased to be represented at and endorse this event and invites all people of faith to call for an end to hunger.
For those able to attend the convocation you will hear Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane of Cape Town, South Africa, faith leaders offering guidance from the sacred texts of many traditions and the music of Beth Nielson Chapman, Salvation Army National Capital Area Band, Siyaya Youth Choir (South Africa) and Saint Camillus Multicultural Choir. Members of the Knesset are also scheduled to fly in and participant in various events.
In the spirit of prayer, more than 30 leaders from major faith traditions will unite with representatives of millions of volunteers who feed the hungry in the US and overseas. National leaders of Christian, Jewish, Muslim and other faith groups will call on the president and Congress to join them in galvanizing a new national commitment to end hunger.
At the JRF Convention in Montreal, Canada, the first Kehillat Tzedek (Community of Justice) Award was presented to Congregation Darchei Noam of Ottawa, Canada.
In the past ten years, Reconstructionist Congregation Darchei Noam has:
Affirming the fundamental traditional Jewish commitment to sustaining the hungry, while recognizing hunger as one of the most tragic and scandalous of ongoing crises in this country and abroad, the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation resolves:
The Hebrew Bible states, “justice, justice you shall pursue” (Deut. 16:20). For us as Jews, the imperative to respond to the devastating impact of hunger in the United States and around the world is not only intensified by the physical deprivation that so many are experiencing, but also a profound moral and spiritual crisis that cannot continue. That one child or adult should lack sustenance would be dayenu (enough) to raise our voices. That millions go hungry and die of starvation is a situation that demands our pursuit of a just and large-scale united response across religious, social and political lines. We join our hearts and hands with all of you to pursue the Divine call to do what is just—to work to end hunger everywhere.
Rabbi Shawn Israel Zevit
JRf Director of External Affiliations, 2005