MAZON Brings a Passover Focus to SNAP



Based in Rockville, Maryland, Jonathan Z. Maltzman serves as rabbi with the Kol Shalom Conservative Jewish community and emphasizes an inclusive approach to prayer and counsel. Jonathan Z. Maltzman maintains a strong commitment to social justice and supports nonprofit organizations such as MAZON, which provides food to the hungry.

Every year during Passover, MAZON poses an awareness-raising Fifth Question to complement its four traditional hunger-related questions and foster conversation “around the seder table.” This year’s focus was on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which stands as America’s largest and most effective hunger initiative, serving the needs of millions of children and families.

Unfortunately, proposals are in place that would significantly impact SNAP’s budget and its ability to provide timely, targeted support to those in need. The question posed by MAZON is how to best preserve this unique nationwide safety net, which provides continuous support in ways that temporary and seasonal charitable programs cannot.

The Israel National Trail

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Israel National Trail

Jonathan Z. Maltzman, the rabbi of Kol Shalom in Rockville, Maryland, is the spiritual leader of the Conservative congregation. In this role, Jonathan Z. Maltzman leads services, supervises staff, teaches classes, and counsels individuals and couples. Rabbi Maltzman has also taken several groups from his congregation on trips to Israel.

The Israel National Trail has become a pilgrimage for many. The trail stretches 620 miles from the southern tip of Israel in Eilat all the way to Dan, near the Lebanese border in the north.

People marking significant milestones often embark on a trek on the Israel National Trail to experience landscapes that are featured prominently in Christian and Jewish history, including Jerusalem, the Sea of Galilee, and the Jordan River. Without fail, hikers are struck by the impressive beauty of the Middle Eastern landscape. The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel maintains the trail and offers hikers the option of collecting stamps at significant stopping points along the trail.

Kol Shalom Reflects the World in Its Design

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Kol Shalom

Rabbi Jonathan Z. Maltzman has served in Conservative congregations in Japan, Iowa, and currently in Rockville, Maryland, where he is the spiritual leader of Kol Shalom. As a rabbi, Jonathan Z. Maltzman provides leadership for the congregation, supervises staff members, and provides counseling and teaching. Jonathan Maltzman played an instrumental role in raising the necessary funds for Kol Shalom’s new building in Rockville.

Designed by Shinberg Levinas Architects, Kol Shalom was awarded Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification by the United States Green Building Council. The architects designed the building with several key environmental components in place. In addition to having a geothermal well system, Kol Shalom was designed to conserve water and efficiently use energy.

While the design of the building is sensitive to the environment, the structure includes visual components that successfully reflect nature. The careful placement of windows brings the outside in, incorporating a thoughtful use of light, texture, and colors. The inspirational design also includes several decorative panels that suggest Jewish holidays connected to nature.