A Message from Tikkun Olam President Susan Kaufman to the Thanksgiving Dinner Volunteers

On Wednesday, November 23, 2022, Temple Emanu-El hosted over 130 guests from the Carter Burden Center, The Isaacs Center, Lenox Hill House, Sanctuary for Families and The Children’s Village/Inwood House.

November 30, 2022

Thank you to all of the amazing volunteers who gave their time the day before Thanksgiving! I would like to express my extreme gratitude to the Thanksgiving Committee: Debbie Halperin, Rebecca Weisberg, Lori Villi, Phyllis Hahn, Kim Hartman, Shelly Katz and Marlene Yokel, who worked tirelessly and committed countless hours to make this dinner a huge success.

A huge shout out to our Temple Emanu-El staff, without whose continued support Tikkun Olam could not continue its mission to help others. And to Mark Heutlinger: What can I say? You are our Rock! Thank you so much for all that you do to support our needs year after year, after year!

Our guests were treated to a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, from turkey and mashed potatoes to Thanksgiving-themed cupcakes and apple-spiced donuts. Everyone left with a Breakfast Bag filled with goodies and individual apple pies for the next day! It was wonderful to be able to welcome our guests after a two-year hiatus due to COVID. So many smiles, so much conversation and laughter during this amazing dinner.

Temple Emanu-El as a congregation and community volunteer side-by-side together to forge friendships that will last a lifetime.

Temple Emanu-El’s Annual Thanksgiving Dinner is made possible by a generous sponsorship from Dr. Barbara Ritchin