JSU and Hillels of Georgia Unite to Combat Hunger

May 31, 2013

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The Jewish Student Union of Atlanta (JSU) and Hillels of Georgia teamed up to fight hunger via a joint program inspired by tikkun olam. Indeed, the notion of “taking care of the world and all its inhabitants” is a primary tenet of Judaism, as Jews are responsible to helping their fellow person, regardless of that person’s religious affiliation. With that in mind, the two organizations joined forces to prepare and distribute food for homeless families.

The project began to take shape at 13 JSU clubs across greater Atlanta. Under the guidance and tutelage of Rabbi Chaim Neiditch, hundreds of teens learned about the importance of tzedaka (charity) and that it doesn’t always have to take the form of money, but that it could also be given via donating time to help those less fortunate. Rabbi Neiditch mentioned to the teens that they’d be taking part in a special tzedaka project along with members of the Hillels of Georgia and that there was a special merit and powerful potential of having two Jewish organizations working together for charitable purposes. The teens were thrilled to learn that their Jewish-themed activities need not end in high school, but could also continue as they entered college.

Hundreds of sandwiches were prepared by the JSU teens, which were then brought to the Hillels of Georgia, where Hillel members then in turn distributed them to homeless families in downtown Atlanta.

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