By Susan Paykin
Why is the Jewish community speaking up about the Farm Bill? The Jewish Working Group for a Just Farm Bill, a coalition of 12 Jewish organizations including the URJ, took on this question Wednesday at two policy briefings on Capitol Hill. The briefings marked the public launch of the Working Group’s Jewish Platform for a Just Farm Bill, which lays out priorities for a reauthorized Farm Bill that helps reduce hunger and poverty in America and encourages sustainable stewardship of the land. The RAC’s Legislative Director Barbara Weinstein moderated the back-to-back panels, on which Josh Protas of the Jewish Council of Public Affairs (JCPA), Mia Hubbard of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, and Timi Gerson of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), shared their priorities for the upcoming 2012 Farm Bill.