The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles has never organized a campaign quite like this. Size, scale, vision, ambition — it’s all uncharted territory, and not just for Los Angeles’ umbrella organization for local Jewish social service agencies, but for federations like it across the country.
If there's one thing Gabe Goldman wishes more Angelenos would do next spring, it's get their hands dirty.
"Hy looked at me and said, 'He's not Jewish,'" recalled his wife, Zucky Altman, 89. "I said, 'So what? He's hungry.' From that moment on, we decided we would just feed everybody."
As the price of food staples have risen, Israel's poor and the nonprofit groups that serve them have been hardest hit, with some impoverished Israelis skipping meals to pay their monthly bills
"We have slaves to help," Jerry Rabinowitz, the Friday co-captain of the North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry, announces. "We Jews know something about slaves."