Turkey, mashed potatoes and green beans were just a few of the holiday favorites that were prepped, cooked and packaged at Temple Sholom on Tuesday, November 24. Over 30 teens in grades 8 through 12 participated in this annual volunteer program, which provided 60 meals to low-income senior residents in Greenwich, CT.
“Our teens broke up into groups and worked together at specific stations set up around the kitchen,” said Temple Sholom Youth Director and Rabbinic Intern Yoni Nadiv. “One group peeled potatoes while one chopped vegetables. Another mixed the batter for cornbread or cut and washed the green beans.”
This event, which has become a yearly tradition at Temple Sholom, served as an example of tzedakah and taught the importance of justice and fairness towards those less fortunate in a hands-on approach.
“One of our core values is to reach out and give back to the community,” said Nadiv. “For every age group that we plan activities for we make sure that we include ways to do this.”
After the meals were prepared, the teens formed an assembly line to fill the containers. The next day, volunteers drove the food to the local housing complex for distribution.
Over the next few months, Temple Sholom’s teen program will continue its work within the community, particularly through Greenwich BBYO, a Jewish youth movement that engages teens in 8th through 12th grades (regardless of synagogue affiliation) in fun and meaningful experiences.
“We will be doing food drives throughout the year and hosting a Project Ezra Senior Luncheon, which are all about community service,” said Nadiv. “BBYO will also identify a stand-up cause for each chapter, which serves as their outreach project for the year.”
By Gina Pernicano