Written by David Golbert Friday, 09 April 2010 00:00
I was reading a magazine in my doctor’s office when I came across an interesting article. The article described a reform temple in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with a congregation of 330 families. What really caught my attention was a description of what this temple considered to be their most successful program: “Inn from the Cold.”
About once a week, this temple operates as a homeless shelter for 15-20 people, “performing the mitzvah of welcoming the stranger.” More than 100 congregants “welcome the guests, prepare and serve dinner, make beds, prepare and serve breakfast, and provide a bag lunch for the new day.” The dedication of these congregants and the satisfaction they felt was inspiring.
Of course, “Inn from the Cold” reminded me of Long Island’s INN, The Interfaith Nutrition Network, which provides food, shelter, and support services to thousands of Long Islanders in need 365 days a year, through 19 soup kitchens, three emergency shelters, and long-term housing. It also reminded me of the more than 2,000 volunteers who make those soup kitchens hum, turning out hot nutritious meals with no questions asked and always with a welcoming smile.
If you’ve had some blessings in your life, please consider sharing them with those who are less fortunate. Your donation, in whatever amount is comfortable for you, has the power to change someone’s life for the better.
“The miracle is this—the more we share, the more we have.”