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High Holy Day Food Drive and Thanksgiving Baskets Provide Needed Support

09/28/2021 12:54:01 PM


The High Holy Day Food Drive is a long-standing holiday tradition at Temple Beth El. Our efforts to alleviate hunger in our community are an important part of who we are as a congregation. They are particularly essential as the country continues to grapple with the devastating consequences of the pandemic.

Our members have once again risen to the challenge and generously donated over $15,000 this year. These donations will go a long way toward alleviating hunger and worry for food-insecure individuals. The Social Action Committee will meet later this month to decide how the money will be allocated among the various local organizations that provide food support.

If you missed the chance to contribute through the High Holy Day Food Drive, please consider joining our Religious School children and families as they gather food and donations to support the Goodman Community Center’s Thanksgiving baskets. The various classes compete to see which class can collect the greatest number of canned or boxed goods, such as cranberry sauce, mac and cheese, broth, canned veggies, and more. If you know a Religious School student, ask them what you can pick up for them next time you go to the store, and bring it to Temple during regular office hours. Collection bins will be in the coatroom. Find additional details about the collection event here

If you’d like your donation to go even further, you can make a monetary donation directly to the Goodman Community Center on their website On the third step of the donation process, please select Thanksgiving Basket Drive from the “I would like this gift to support” dropdown menu, and type in Temple Beth El for “This gift is part of the Food Drive organized by:” field (see image). 

On that same page, you can also volunteer to help sort the donations and assemble the baskets in a safe and socially distanced manner.

Our thanks to all who donated and all who will be donating! For more information, contact Sherie Sondel about the High Holy Day Food Drive, Rochelle Alpert about Thanksgiving baskets, or Aleeza Hoffert for questions about any of our social action initiatives.


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