Monday, June 24, 2019

(Courtesy of YIWP) As a Jewish person who wanted to do something meaningful on December 24, what did your day include?

If you are a member of Young Israel of White Plains (YIWP), you likely participated in the fifth annual cookie baking chesed project that provided sweet, tasty “thank yous” to local police officers, firefighters and hospital and ambulance workers stuck with the Christmas Eve night shift. As part of the program, 50 YIWP children and their parents gathered at the home of Marnie and David Bessler to bake more than 200 chocolate chip cookies and make dozens of handmade thank-you cards.

The children enjoyed ice cream sundaes while the cookies cooled. Then the “chessedeers” formed eight distribution teams to distribute the cookies and cards to White Plains police headquarters, Burke Rehabilitation and White Plains Hospital, Empress Emergency Medical Services and four area fire stations.

“December 24 is the perfect opportunity for us to show our hakarat hatov, gratitude, to those who often put their own lives on the line to save ours throughout the year,” said Yael Rosenberg, who co-chaired the program with Ilana Englander. “The YIWP cookie baking chesed project is also a great way to instill this value in our children.”

This year’s event was dedicated to the memory of Rosenberg’s cousin, Miriam Wayne Bromberg, who originated the cookie bake program at Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob in Illinois, and who shared the idea with Rosenberg six years ago. Bromberg lost a battle with cancer earlier this year.

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