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.

Rabbinical Assembly Discretionary Charity Spending Guidelines

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Rabbinical Assembly

Rabbi Jonathan Z. Maltzman has nearly four decades of experience as a religious leader, dating back to his time as the only civilian rabbi in Japan between 1980 and 1983. Rabbi Jonathan Z. Maltzman has served at Kol Shalom in Rockville, Maryland, since 2002, and is active with numerous faith-based organizations, such as the Rabbinical Assembly of America.

Established in 1901, the Rabbinical Assembly is comprised of an international network of conservative rabbis. The organization maintains a number of ethical standards for rabbis, including a professional code of conduct and guidelines for the use of discretionary funds. To maintain a reputation as a supportive, trustworthy rabbinical organization, the assembly advises all synagogues to draft an official board resolution that clearly identifies the purpose of discretionary funds and the parameters within which the rabbi can direct these funds to charitable efforts. The same transparency should be applied to all synagogue spending.

Similarly, all rabbinical contracts should illustrate the rabbi’s intention of establishing a discretionary fund as an extension of whatever charitable funds the institution has already initiated. Finally, to further ensure trust between the synagogue and its membership, the Rabbinical Assembly suggests all discretionary funds be made available to independent auditors during any review of traditional synagogue accounts.