Temple Emanu-El congregants aid food pantry
In front of the bimah at Temple Emanu-El you might see a decorative basket filled with empty boxes instead of a flower arrangement.
This basket represents an alternative that the temple offers its congregants: donate money to help meet the needs of people in the community, instead of donating money for flowers.
This practice has been going on for more than three years, Rabbi Michael Resnick said, with around $10,000 having been donated to the Alpert Jewish Family and Children’s Service Food Pantry. The names of those who donate money, sometimes in honor of loved ones, are announced during services.
“When there’s something that’s true, people want to be a part of it,” he said. Resnick attributes the success of the program to the temple’s congregants. Some even have a standing donation for one basket per month, and others make sure there is money going to the pantry each week.
“Things that used to end up in the compost bin are going to help people who are hungry,” he said.
The temple is at 190 N. County Road. Call 8320804 or visit tepb.org.
— JANIECE SEBRIS