Fall Mitzvah Sunday Highlights - November 11, 2012
More than 350 volunteers of all ages, plus close to 300 Religious School students (including MASA-track families), participated on November 11 and 12! We sent groups of volunteers to 11 different projects around Manhattan, plus two in Brooklyn! As part of our hurricane relief efforts, a group of 35 adults and teens traveled to Brighton Beach and Coney Island to work on disaster relief projects with COJECO (Council of Jewish Emigre Community Organizations), arranged with the help of Cantor Dubinsky.
At the Temple, we prepared 1,830 brown bag meals (that’s 3,660 sandwiches!) for City Harvest to distribute to the hungry, including those impacted by the storm (with meat donated by our volunteers and congregants). Our six-day hurricane collection drive resulted in an enormous load of supplies and foodstuffs for distribution by Met Council and Yorkville Common Pantry. Also at the Temple, we ran four additional Mitzvah Day projects and concluded our Chanukah collection drive for American Jewish soldiers serving overseas.
This was one of our best Mitzvah Sundays ever! A heartfelt thank you to all who participated and to the project captains who led each group: Nancy Merberg, Renee Weisbaum, Matthew Haiken, Amy-Louise Goldberg, Laura Wechsler, Alan Branfman, Andrea Linne, Dave Kleckner, Susan Birenbaum, Steve Linde, Jill Hunter, Amira Gertz, Susan Stein, Betty Shulman, Susan Shulman, Carol Crossen, Jeff Stolow, Joanne Jahr, Ethel Donner, Rachel Justus, Amit Pasman, Rachel Rosan, and Rob Stolz. Special thanks to Sondra Silver for staffing the Shaaray Tefila “Post Office" and encouraging congregants to write letters to Jewish soldiers serving abroad.
Save the date for our Spring Mitzvah Day: Sunday, May 5, 2013