'Hunger' hits the Hills in an 18-wheeler

This is Hunger exhibit
Megan V. Winslow / Los Altos Town Crier
Visitors at MAZON’s “This Is Hunger” traveling exhibit learn about the millions of Americans who struggle with hunger. Housed in a 53-foot-long expandable semitrailer, the interactive exhibit has traveled the country since November 2016.

An interactive exhibit spotlighting hunger in America drove into Los Altos Hills on the back of a semitruck last week. The big rig has been carrying “This Is Hunger” around the U.S. to chronicle who struggles with hunger, and why. Congregation Beth Am’s Associate Rabbi Jonathan Prosnit spurred the idea of inviting the exhibit to the Los Altos Hills synagogue.

“The roots of it are with a terrific organization called Mazon, an established organization in the Jewish world that is the premier Jewish advocacy group fighting issues of hunger,” he explained. “There’s a lot of things to be upset about in this world – I’m upset about climate change, the prevalence of guns, homelessness and housing certainly – we do a lot at Beth Am with regard to those. … But hunger is real, it is in our community and sometimes it’s hidden.”

The 53-foot-long double expandable trailer opens into nearly 1,000 square feet of interior space designed as a two-part journey for visitors to understand the reality of hunger in America and learn how take action to end it.

In addition to organizing visitors for the 45-minute museum experience last week, the congregation held a special Friday service with Mazon to celebrate Shabbat and honor Rabbi Emeritus Sidney Akselrad, a longtime social justice advocate.

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