We made our match--thank you!
Before Pesach, I wrote to ask for your help in matching a $10,000 challenge grant from the Moriah Fund. Thanks to supporters like you, we more than met this challenge.
Every penny donated will help us and our Israeli partner organization to mobilize rabbis to protect the human rights of all people, both in North America and in Israel.
I'm also excited to let you know that our Pesach campaign to draw attention to slavery and other oppressive work conditions in the Florida tomato industry has made a big splash. In March, I had the honor of representing Rabbis for Human Rights-North America at the USDA Food Justice seder, coordinated in partnership with our friends at Bend The Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice.
I was proud to dedicate a cup of wine to courageous members of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers who are creating more just conditions in the tomato fields. You can read more in the Jewish Week or on the USDA blog. I was especially excited to be joined at the seder by Santiago Perez, a tomato worker and a leader in CIW, and by Joe Parker, co-coordinator of the Student/Farmworker Alliance.
This year, we put a tomato on the seder plate to remind us that slavery still exists in the tomato fields and elsewhere, in the U.S., Canada, Israel, and elsewhere. This new symbol got press coverage in The Jewish Week, Ha'aretz, the New Jersey Jewish News, the Washington Jewish Week, Jewish Women Magazine, and in hundreds of blog and social media posts.
We may have met our matching goal, but it's never too late to support rabbis in ending slavery and human trafficking in North America, creating a better future for all Israelis and Palestinians, and standing in solidarity with American Muslims in the face of religious discrimination. Will you donate today?
Thank you again,
Rabbi Jill Jacobs