Friday, 30 December 2011 00:00
Two hundred local families will be able to enjoy holiday dinners as a result of the generosity and volunteer work of members of Temple Beth-El of Great Neck.
For 20 years, members of Temple Beth-El have engaged in an annual holiday Tzedakah Project. (Although the word “tzedakah” is typically defined as “charity,” it has a much deeper meaning that includes the concepts of righteousness and justice.) The purchase of food for holiday meals is made possible by monetary donations. Then congregants of all ages package the food and deliver the packages to local organizations for distribution to their clients. This year, on Sunday, Dec. 18, more than 60 congregants packaged and delivered 200 holiday meals to the St. Aloysius R.C. Church Food Pantry, the Hispanic Community of Great Neck, Mount Olive Baptist Church, the Manhasset Senior Center, and Arrandale Senior Center.
The project was directed by co-chairs Jordana Levine and Robin Witt. The Tzedakah Project comes under the umbrella of Beth-El’s Mi’Lev Le’Yad (From Heart to Hand) Mitzvah of the Month program. The name “Mitzvah of the Month” is something of a misnomer, as Temple Beth-El engages in multiple social justice projects every month. December’s projects include the collection and distribution of toys, a Midnight Run to assist the homeless in New York City, and a Christmas Volunteer Program at North Shore University Hospital. For more information about Temple Beth-El and its Mitzvah of the Month program, go to www.tbegreatneck.org.