Purim is a great holiday full of fun and contemplation—in good ol’ Jewish fashion, we retell an important story of our people (with sound effects), are able to rejoice in our freedom (in costumes), and are expected to give to our friends (mishloah manot) and the poor (matanot l’evyonim), not to mention the ge
Last week marked the fifth anniversary of the largest immigration raid in US history at AgriProcessors, a kosher meat packing plant. Jewish Council on Urban Affairs and Jewish Community Action participated in an Interfaith Walk for Justice, to remember those arrested, reconcile with those who contributed to the injustices, and advocate for immigration reform. In addition, Jews from across the country have been amping up efforts to support immigration reform.
Five years ago this week the largest single-site immigration raid in the US to date occurred in Postville, Iowa. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials raided Agriprocessors, the main processor of kosher meat in the United States, handcuffed some 300 immigrants and bussed them to a fairground.
Sukkot starts on Sunday. It’s one of my favorite holidays: Sitting in a succah; the lulav and etrog; celebrating the harvest; feeling exposed to the world – in good ways; thinking about relationship to place – both locally, and in relation to Israel. Celebrating the change of season.
Current economic turmoil and threats of severe cuts to government programs have left America’s hungry – already at historically high numbers – with little hope of relief. Recent studies by a number of agencies and organizations highlight this disturbing trend: between 2007 and 2009, the number of households struggling with hunger increased more than 33%, with nearly one in four U.S. households with children unable to afford enough food.
Organizers are gearing up to deliver flowers and get-well cards to restaurant workers across the city as a token of appreciation and sign of concern for the people who cook and serve their meals. [They will] let customers know that as they go to enjoy their Restaurant Week deals, there is a good chance that their waiter could be sick, all because they couldn’t afford to take the day off and get better.