March 07, 2013
Leah Sweetman

Hunger Awareness Seder

Event Details: 4:30 p.m., March 19, Boileau Hall

In conjunction with a national mobilization focused on poverty issues, the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) and Saint Louis University are organizing an interfaith Hunger Awareness Seder to take place at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, in Boileau Hall. The Seder, titled "Let All Who are Hungry Come and Eat," will provide an opportunity for participants to learn more about the deep problem of hunger in the St. Louis region and beyond. Participants will also learn what they can do personally in the fight to end hunger. This is the second year both organizations are presenting a Seder on this topic.

"Faith traditions all over the world speak to the importance of caring for the poor and feeding the hungry," said Bryan Sokol, director of the Center for Service and Community Engagement. The Center is one of the organizations at SLU helping to plan the event.

"As we did last year, we thought it would be particularly meaningful during the season of Easter and Passover to participate in a joint Seder meal to raise awareness about the prevalence of hunger and poverty in the United States, as well as to show how interfaith collaborations can effectively combat these social problems. Unfortunately, hunger is still a problem affecting many in the St. Louis region and beyond."

In addition to the Center for Service and Community Engagement and the JCRC, other co-sponsors of the event include student groups participating in SLU's Interfaith Challenge. SLU's Interfaith Alliance and Jewish Student Association have been especially active in promoting the Seder on campus.

Leading the Seder will be Rabbi Josef Davidson, adjunct rabbi of Congregation B'nai Amoona. Paul Stark, S.J., vice president for Mission and Ministry, will provide the Invocation at the Seder.

Additional support and partial funding for the Seder comes from MAZON and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA). MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger is a national non-profit organization dedicated to preventing and alleviating hunger worldwide. The JCPA is a national organization whose mission includes protecting, preserving and promoting a just American society, one that is democratic and pluralistic and furthers harmonious intergroup relations. The Seder is one of similar programs being held all over the United States as part of the MAZON/JCPA Hunger Seder Mobilization, which is part of JCPA's Confronting Poverty Campaign. The St. Louis Seder is a program of the JCRC's Bohm Social Justice Initiative.

Attendees are asked to bring canned food items for distribution at local food pantries. For more information about the Seder, contact Bryan Sokol at or 314-977-3929. To sign up for the event, email

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