Texas Jewish Post (Fort Worth, Tex.), Vol. 64, No. 16, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 22, 2010 Page: 3 of 24
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TEXAS JEWISH POST SINCE 1947
April 22,2010 I 3
Mazon board to meet in Dallas April 23-25;
weekend activities to focus on fighting hunger
By Harriet P. Gross
Shirley Davidoff and Ellen
Markus share a common goal: to
make Mazon: A Jewish Response
to Hunger something everyone in
the local Jewish community thinks
about all the time. They're having
their chance now.
The organization's 25-member
national board of directors will
meet in Dallas the weekend of
April 23-25, and as board mem-
bers themselves, the two women
are official hostesses for this im-
portant biannual event.
Excitement is building among
area supporters, many of whom al-
ready have a personal stake in Ma-
zon and know its history: Among
its founders was the late Ann Siko-
ra of Dallas. In 1985, as the world
was trying to come to terms with
the great Ethiopian famine, she
saw a tragic disconnect between
Jewish America's affluent, costly
celebrations and the devastation
of hunger elsewhere. Joining with
like-minded Jews across the coun-
try, she was instrumental in form-
ing the organization, whose name
means "food" in Hebrew.
Ellen says, "We are out to spread
the word, to advocate for Mazon
and for the entire anti-hunger
movement in Texas." Adds Shirley,
"We all look for meaning in our
donations. Mazon is something I
need to give to because it eradicates
hunger. Our role is to be its local
voice." Both are involving their
congregations — Temple Emanu-
E1 and Sbearith Israel, respectively
— in the forthcoming events, and
in actively supporting Mazon.
A strong national voice to be
heard at the opening Friday morn-
ing session is that of Barbara H.
Bergen, currently Mazon's acting
president. A California attorney,
she was executive director of the
Anti-Defamation League's Central
Pacific region before joining Ma-
zon, serving as its vice-president
and general counsel. At 9 a.m. on
April 23, she will begin three ac-
tive board days in Dallas with
"The A-B-Cs of Ending Hunger,"
a presentation before a student as-
sembly at the Ann and Nate Levine
"Grants are the heart of what
Mazon does," according to Ellen
and Shirley, and that afternoon,
the board will meet at Shearith
Israel to review grant applications
from many hunger-fighting orga-
nizations. Mazon makes strategic,
targeted grants to agencies working
on the front lines of hunger relief;
its key public policy innovation is
helping grantees see that advocacy
and activism are legitimate, neces-
sary means of advancing the anti-
Speaking during Friday eve-
ning services at Southern Meth-
odist University's Hillel will be
SMU sophomore Rachel Fox, one
of six national recipients of Mazon
Hunger Fellow Grants, awarded
through collaboration with the
Jewish Council for Public Affairs.
As a Hunger Fellow, she is now
with the Anti-Poverty Task Force
of the Greater Dallas Federation's
Jewish Community Relations
Council. Her Shabbat topic will
be "Working for Change: Passion,
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Rachel Fox, SMU sophomore and re-
cipient of a Mazon grant, will speak
during Friday evening services.
Politics and Possibilities for End-
Rachel is a Dallas resident, a
Pearce High School graduate and
a member of Temple Emanu-El.
Other Hunger Fellow awardees
see MAZON, p. 21
Ph otos: Cou rtesy of Mazon
Shown at a Mazon Board Retreat in Irvine, Calif, last year: Ellen Markus (left) and
Shirley Davidoff, both of Dallas. The two are hosting this coming weekend's first-
ever-in-Dallas board meeting.
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