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RELIGION BRIEFS American Friends of Leket Israel Executive Director Lauren Yoked (center) was joined for lunch by Temple Emanu-El members Sally Yanowitz, Sybil Broh, Irv Broh, Sandy Schneiderman, and Allan Schneiderman. Contributed photo LEKET DIRECTOR EDUCATES TEMPLE MEMBERS ABOUT HUNGER RELIEF Did you know 25 percent of Israelis live below Brenner Glickman, and during the synagogue's the poverty line? Shabbat services that evening, Yoked brought news of the tremendous problem of hunger in Did you know nearly one million Israeli chilIsrael — and how Leket Israel is fighting it," dren have food insecurity? the release adds. Did you know over 30 percent of food in Israel Only a decade old, Leket is Israel's national is wasted? food bank, working with 180 nonprofit agenThese were among the sobering facts shared cies to provide food to more than a million by Lauren Yoked, executive director of Amer- Israelis in need, the release points out. With ican Friends of Leket Israel, during her vis- 50,000 volunteers, about 12 refrigerated trucks it with Temple Emanu-El on Aug. 30, a news and a staff of paid employees — including release says. "Speaking at a Mediterranean Arab and Druze women enjoying "dignified luncheon hosted by Temple Emanu-El Rabbi employment for the first time in their lives,"

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