Met Council Held Its Quarterly Conference On Best Practices For Caring For Holocaust Survivors
Met Council held its Spring 2014 Conference on Caring for Holocaust Survivors, focused on restitution and compensation for Holocaust survivors in partnership with New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) and the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference). It is critical that social workers are up-to-date on the programs available to Holocaust survivors; Met Council’s quarterly conferences offer a continuing forum to educate and discuss best practices.
According to UJA-Federation of New York, there are 73,000 Holocaust survivors in the New York metropolitan area with 51 percent living at or below the poverty level. Jewish organizations work every day to explore all available resources to ensure that most vulnerable in our community are well cared for, and the goal of the forum is to help case workers navigate these resources and advocate for their clients.
Kosher/Halal Amendment To The Farm Bill Becomes Law
The kosher/halal amendment will require the USDA to create a plan to increase the purchase of kosher food for use in food banks nationwide, and to track and label kosher food so that food pantries like ours can identify the food they can buy from food banks.
“We must take steps to help the neediest observant families and children get access to nutritious food during these difficult times,” U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) said in a statement.
“Met Council thanks Senator Gillibrand and Congressman Crowley, who while tirelessly fighting against the Farm Bill’s unconscionable cuts to SNAP, also recognized that, far too often, many food insecure New Yorkers are forced to make the impossible choice between feeding their family and observing their religion. Through their advocacy and leadership on the Kosher/Halal amendment, Senator Gillibrand and Congressman Crowley made great strides toward eliminating that inconceivable hardship for millions of Americans.
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