MAZON Relies on Public Support in Its Efforts to End Hunger

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Rabbi Jonathan Z. Maltzman has overseen the Kol Shalom synagogue in Rockville, Maryland, for over 15 years. Beyond his day-to-day activities as a religious leader, Jonathan Maltzman has supported the pursuits of several organizations, including MAZON, a nonprofit that works to end hunger in the United States and Israel.

Those who would like to support MAZON and its various initiatives to help those facing food insecurity can get involved with the organization in a variety of ways. In addition to accepting one-time monetary donations online, by phone, and through traditional mail, MAZON oversees a sustaining donor program that enables individuals to make automatic monthly donations via credit/debit card or a checking account.

Other ways to support the organization financially include gifts of appreciated stock, planned giving strategies, and fundraisers. MAZON makes it easy to host fundraisers by providing ideas and support for campaigns that can be organized around various community events, including garage sales, bake sales, and craft fairs.

In addition to providing financial support, those interested in advancing MAZON’s work can take action by getting involved in the organization’s various advocacy campaigns. Currently, MAZON is focused on protecting funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which helps millions of Americans feed their families. For more information about MAZON and the ways you can support its work, visit www.mazon.org.

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MAZON Brings a Passover Focus to SNAP

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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.

Kol Shalom Reflects the World in Its Design

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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.