The following story appeared in both The Gateway Gazette and the South Florida Jewish Journal.

A West Palm Beach-based Jewish social service agency has formed a partnership with a national organization which fights to end hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds in the United States and Israel.

Through the partnership, Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family Service’s Satell Ending Food Insecurity Emerging Leadership Initiative members have the opportunity to learn from the experts at MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger.

The partnership between Alpert JFS and MAZON kicked off with a session featuring conversations on hunger in the U.S., recognizing food insecurity, forging relationships, facilitating programs in the local community and more. MAZON’s leadership team – including Naama Haviv, vice president of community engagement; Liz Braun-Lilenfeld, deputy director of outreach; and Paul Sherman, outreach manager – guided the interactive discussion with Satell participants.

Marc Hopin, chief executive officer of Alpert JFS, said in a news release, “Alpert JFS is committed to ending food insecurity and hunger in our Jewish community in a respectful and dignified way.”

“For years, we have provided kosher food to vulnerable Jewish individuals and families in our area who face food insecurity, embodying the value of tikkun olam by supporting the most basic of human needs,” Hopin continued. “Now with the support of MAZON, our efforts will go much further.”

Haviv said in the news release, “Our outreach and education work centers around capacity building, to hone and direct the powerful voice of our Jewish communities to support the anti-hunger movement, building the necessary political will to make change.”

“This partnership with Alpert JFS is such a perfect encapsulation of that. We are energized by their Ending Food Insecurity Emerging Leadership Initiative,” Haviv continued. “Our colleagues are nurturing a cohort of leaders ready to engage deeply on hunger in their communities.”

Visit www.alpertjfs.org or call 561-684-1991 for more information on the agency, or mazon.org on the national organization.

Courtesy of Sun Sentinel and the Gateway Gazette.

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