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Holiday Mitzvahs


Temple members are invited to participate in the following “mitzvah” programs.
We hope that each program captures the essence of its partner holiday.


Sukkot Harvest Fruit Drive
October 5 through October 12, 2014

IN CELEBRATION OF the harvest festival and to help alleviate hunger in New York City, we will be collecting donations of fresh apples, oranges, carrots, peppers, onions and potatoes, as well as dried fruits and nuts. Collected items will be donated to the DOROT Homelessness Prevention Program for Seniors and to the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty. Donations may be left in the baskets in the lobbies at 10 East 66th Street and One East 65th Street.



Winter Wishes
November 9 through December 7, 2014

THE HOLIDAY SEASON is a special time of year, filled with excitement and anticipation. Sadly, many families do not have the means to purchase even the most basic holiday gifts. Temple Emanu-El has committed to fulfilling holiday “wishes” of low-income children from the Association to Benefit Children, and we invite you to help make these wishes come true with the anonymous donation of a holiday gift.

“Wishes” will be available for pick up from the Temple on MITZVAH DAY (Sunday, November 9, 2014). Unwrapped gifts are to be dropped off to either the 65th Street or 66th Street lobby no later than Tuesday, December 2, 2014. (Please make sure your gift is in a bag clearly marked “Winter Wishes” and that you have provided the tracking number and child’s name.) Gifts will be wrapped on Sunday, December 7. All Temple members are invited to help regardless of whether they selected a Winter Wish.

Direct questions to the Tikkun Olam Committee.
Use “Winter Wishes” as the subject of your email message.



Thanksgiving Dinner
November 26, 2014

TEMPLE EMANU-EL ONCE AGAIN will serve Thanksgiving dinner at the Temple to senior citizens, cancer patients, and women and children from NYC homeless and domestic-violence shelters.

Volunteers are needed from 2 PM to 6:15 PM for setup, kitchen duty, greeting our guests, serving dinner and cleanup; we also need turkey carvers to help slice 20 turkeys. Starting at 4 PM, teens and “tweens” are needed to chaperone and play with our youngest guests.
We also are in need of people to make homemade baked goods (cookies, brownies, cupcakes...no nuts, please!) that we can serve at the dinner. Baked goods should be dropped off to the 65th Street lobby on Tuesday, November 25 or Wednesday, November 26 by 3 PM.

Volunteers must register with the Tikkun Olam Committee. Use “Thanksgiving Dinner” as the subject of your email message.



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