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.

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.

NAHO Appeals to Trump to Safeguard Federal Anti-Hunger Programs

Jonathan Z. Maltzman

Jonathan Z. Maltzman

Since 2002, Jonathan Z. Maltzman has been serving as the rabbi of Kol Shalom, where he leads a Conservative Jewish congregation in Rockville, Maryland. As an active spiritual leader, Jonathan Z. Maltzman actively supports charitable organizations founded on Jewish values and ideals such as MAZON.

Since its inception in 1985, MAZON has been committed to its central mission: to end hunger. While it is run by people of the Jewish faith, the organization helps all people afflicted with hunger to gain access to nutritious food. In its more than three decades of existence, MAZON has helped millions of people.

MAZON is a part of National Anti-Hunger Organizations (NAHO), a conglomeration of nonprofits that are working towards curbing hunger in the country. In December 2016 NAHO members, including MAZON, released a unified statement appealing to then incoming president Donald Trump to make alleviating the hunger situation in the United States a high priority. The statement called on President Trump to safeguard the federal nutrition programs, particularly the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which has been referred to as the nation’s first line of defense against hunger. MAHO went on to call on the administration to avoid cutting the budget allocation for these programs and ensure that no American ever goes hungry.