Whether running a clothing drive or serving meals to those in need, Women’s League members are leading the charge and taking action. Though many of these projects started out small, they have led to returning programs, strengthened community bonds, and numerous lives and organizations being enriched as a result.
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Here at Temple Beth Sholom in Sarasota FL, we do a monthly project in conjunction with the local chapter of the Salvation Army. Each month, members make casseroles at home and store them in the freezer. We even have a recipe for a vegetarian casserole, and members are allowed to improvise. Once a month, our Sisterhood Social Action Committee delivers these casseroles to the Salvation Army. They are served to the patrons at a Sunday night dinner, and are greatly appreciated. This is a wonderful activity, because all family members can participate, and we put TLC into what we do.
Submitted by Bethamy D. Weinberger, Co-President, Sisterhood of Temple Beth Sholom in Sarasota, FL.
Volunteering at Temple Beth Sholom in Sarasota, FL. Photo courtesy of Temple Beth Sholom.
New Rochelle is a diverse community in a suburb of New York City located in Westchester County. [We have] a group of volunteers who prepare a meal in the Synagogue dairy kitchen, which is sent to the local soup kitchen, also in New Rochelle. Our group is called Project HOPE as we supply the H.O.P.E. Soup Kitchen (‘Help Other People Eat’) one day each month. The meal that we send the Soup Kitchen is kosher, and the cooking group has been in existence for more than twenty years. I have been with the group for the last nine years: I shop for the food ingredients, mostly at Costco which stocks the items in the large sizes that we need. Our meal is prepared for a group of over a hundred people. We are currently sponsored by the Beth El Sisterhood, but our group is actually co-ed. We welcome all volunteers to participate. Our rabbi, Rabbi David Schuck, is on the Board of Directors for HOPE Community Services, and he and Beth El Synagogue Center were honored on April 26, 2018 at the annual HOPE Gala for their community service.
Project Hope volunteers in New Rochelle, NY. Photos courtesy of Barbara Engelson, Project HOPE Committee Chair.