Thanksgiving Dinner 5780

A success thanks to our volunteers

From the appetizer to the delicious desserts, which included Thanksgiving cupcakes festively decorated by our volunteers, cinnamon doughnuts and a chocolate and vanilla parfait topped with fresh blueberries and raspberries, this Thanksgiving meal was a special way to share the warmth of the holiday with those who would otherwise be alone. All of our guests left with a take-home bag filled with nutritional breakfast goodies as well as their own individual apple pie.

Over 100 volunteers of all ages came together as a community to decorate Wise Hall, set the tables, carve the turkeys, plate all the varieties of food, play with the children, chat with our guests and clean up at the end of dinner.  Our thanks to each and every Temple Emanu-El volunteer who helped make this Thanksgiving dinner one of our best — so warm and inviting for our guests! A huge shout out to the Temple Emanu-El staff who support Tikkun Olam in every way. Their commitment to help us create mitzvahs makes our efforts possible.

Our Tikkun Olam committee — and congregational community — owes so much to the leadership of Phyllis and Norden Hahn. Year after year, they stand as exemplars of what Temple Emanu-El accomplishes through Tikkun Olam, working tirelessly in the kitchen and wherever needed toward the success of each program and effort. Along the way, they have assembled like-minded congregants of all generations who now join them in reaching toward the ideal of repairing the world, mitzvah by mitzvah. We celebrate all you do to lift up those in need and the example you set for us. Phyllis and Norden, you both embody the true meaning of Tikkun Olam.

With True Appreciation,
Susan Kaufman, Tikkun Olam Committee Chair

Thanksgiving Committee:
Marlene Yokel, Lori Vili, Kim Hartman, Eunice Koppleman, Eileen Melnicker,
Erica Rosenblun, Rebecca Weisberg, Fran Urist, Debbie Halperin, Shelley Katz and Phyllis Hahn

This piece was originally published in the January/February 2020 issue of our Temple Bulletin.