Hunger Seder Answers Food Insecurity
PassoverFeeding the Hungry

Hunger Seder Answers Food Insecurity

Ahavath Achim and the Jewish Community Relations Council are leading plans for the seventh annual event.

Leah R. Harrison

Leah Harrison is a reporter and copy editor for the Atlanta Jewish Times.

Audrey Galex, Avram Eli Rosenthal and Mimi Hall package individual meals for distribution after the 2016 Hunger Seder.
Audrey Galex, Avram Eli Rosenthal and Mimi Hall package individual meals for distribution after the 2016 Hunger Seder.

The seventh annual Atlanta Community Hunger Seder will be held at Ahavath Achim Synagogue at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13, the fourth night of Passover.

All synagogues, Jewish organizations and other groups interested in anti-hunger activism are encouraged to join AA, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Atlanta, The Temple, Congregation Shearith Israel, the Atlanta Community Food Bank and others in promotion and sponsorship of the event.

The original Mazon/Jewish Council for Public Affairs Passover Hunger Seder Haggadah, created in 2014, has been modified to include anti-hunger agencies and issues relevant to Atlanta. With the four cups of wine re-envisioned to symbolize breaking the bonds of hunger in Atlanta, the Hunger Seder is an eye-opening, interfaith experience full of information and opportunities for advocacy.

A seder plate at the 2016 Hunger Seder sits alongside a signature herb-planted Mazon tzedakah box centerpiece, which will return for this year’s Hunger Seder.

Three hands-on activism components that were added to last year’s seder will be incorporated again. Participants will:

  • Learn about an array of local anti-hunger agencies and initiatives through brief presentations and personal contact and be able to sign up to engage throughout the year with any organizations of interest at an on-site marketplace.
  • Fill out postcards to endorse timely hunger-related issues and anti-hunger legislation.
  • Package leftovers after the meal in individual containers, which will be taken directly to an awaiting Second Helpings Atlanta truck. All who are able will then caravan to distribute the meals to people in need.

Reaction to the addition of this final activism component last year was overwhelmingly positive. Participants found the immediacy of the food delivery to those in need to be impactful and rewarding.

The bountiful Atlanta Kosher Commission-certified meal will again be provided by Jodie Sturgeon and her team at For All Occasions and More.

Again spearheading the seder are AA Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal and the JCRC’s Harold Kirtz, along with a steering committee of representatives of several community agencies.

Registration is $36, and people are encouraged to subsidize an additional attendee if they can.


What: Atlanta Community Hunger Seder

Where: Ahavath Achim Synagogue, 600 Peachtree Battle Ave., Buckhead

When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13

Registration: $36, due by Wednesday, April 5; or

Sponsorship: Contact Harold Kirtz at

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