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Rabbi Michael Robinson Memorial Lecture with David Goodman - Multi Access

Friday, December 10, 2021 6 Tevet 5782

6:15 PM - 8:00 PM

What Disaster Reveals

Our country is based on a few myths: If you go to school, get a job and work hard, everything is going to be OK. Every day, we meet thousands of people who challenge those myths.

David Goodman, Hunger Relief Worker & CEO arrived at the Redwood Empire Food Bank in the summer of 2000 with a vision of ending hunger in our community. David has overseen impressive growth of the Redwood Empire Food Bank over two decades. In addition to its three hunger-relief initiatives: Every Child – Every Day, Senior Security, and the Neighborhood Hunger Network, the REFB is a primary source of food for 175 other non-profit and faith-based organizations that operate a wide range of human service and hunger relief programs.

Collectively, these services provide food to more than 82,000 people throughout the year. During David’s tenure, the total amount of food distributed annually has climbed from $8M to $60M. The food distributed is the equivalent of providing a sellout crowd at the San Francisco Giants stadium 3 meals a day– every day of the baseball season, including the playoffs and the world series! Fresh produce makes up half of the food the Redwood Empire Food Bank distributes. 

In April of 2013, the Redwood Empire Food Bank completed a $9.3M capital campaign to build a new food bank that will serve the needs of hungry people in our community for decades to come. David says, “Our Blueprint to End Hunger capital campaign is the most important humanitarian effort to ever take place in Sonoma County.” 

A communicator at heart, David is a favorite local subject matter expert appearing on television news segments, NPR radio programs has been interviewed for dozens of stories on hunger relief. His most notable speaking engagement includes a testimonial at the subcommittees of the California State Senate and the United States House of Representatives on national hunger relief policies.


On the second Friday of each month, join your CST family at the Rabbi’s Tisch (table) in lieu of regular Friday night Shabbat Services.

Come at 6:15 PM to start with Kiddush and a catered communal dinner.  Or gather around a tisch at 7:00 PM for Shabbat blessings and prayers (including Kaddish), and the special evening program.

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