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The Fruits of Our Labor: Hunger and Thanksgiving in America
November 21, 2020
This Thanksgiving week we look at faith-based responses to hunger, and we have a conversation about the myths surrounding the First Thanksgiving.
Gleaning. Image by Kimberly Winston
Bringing in the Sheaves: Gleaning in Faith November 21, 2020
Volunteers across the country are “gleaning” -- the ancient practice of picking crops for the poor after the harvest is completed. Many belong to faith-based organizations as there are mandates in the Torah, the Bible, and the Quran to glean for the poor, the widowed, and the orphaned. Producer Kimberly Winston goes on a field trip with one such group from Healdsburg, California.
Food insecurity. Public domain image via Pixabay
The $1.40 Meal: The Politics of Hunger November 21, 2020
One in six Americans will be hungry this Thanksgiving.  What can people of faith contribute to a solution? Mazon, a hunger advocacy organization, recently brought rabbis and politicians together to explore what Judaism says about feeding the hungry and how that message might reach Washington.

Rabbi Sharon Brous. Senior, and founding rabbi of IKAR – a progressive, egalitarian Jewish community in Los Angeles California.

Rabbi Joel Pitkowsky. Congregation Beth Sholom in Teaneck New Jersey

Abby J. Leibman. President & CEO at MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger

Representative Jim McGovern (D). U.S. Congressional Representative for Massachusetts' 2nd District, Chairman of the House Rules Committee during the 116th Congresssenior, and member of the House Committee on Agriculture’s Subcommittee on Nutrition and Oversight. 

Naama Haviv
, Director of Community Engagnement at Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger

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Myth Busting the First Thanksgiving November 21, 2020
What did that first holiday look like from the Native American perspective?

In this segment from our archives, founding host Maureen Fiedler talks with two members of Native American tribes about how their ancestors thought about giving thanks and hospitality at the original Thanksgiving and what it means today.

Ramona Peters, Potter, historian, and member of the Mashpee Wampanoag

Clara Sue Kidwell, Ph.D. Director of the American Indian Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Enrolled member of the White Earth Chippewa tribe.