Two Jewish non-profits will soon close a popular social justice program aimed at young Jews. Avodah and American Jewish World Service said they want to focus on their core missions.
While it may seem like an unlikely target for a swell of Jewish activism, the Farm Bill—which dictates U.S. law on everything from agriculture to food stamps to biofuels—is packed with policies that go against the grain of Jewish ethics. The bill is up for debate and reauthorization this year, and six Jewish organizations are seizing the opportunity to call for reforms that they feel will go a long way toward achieving their Torah-inspired visions of food justice. Even though they’re each tackling a different aspect of the bill, they’ve recently joined forces to maximize their power and mobilize their constituents toward a common goal.
A planned social-service trip to Israel has split Avodah, a domestic Jewish anti-poverty group. Some believe it should focus on the U.S. and steer clear of Israel.