Tem­ple Emanu-El con­gre­gants aid food pantry

Palm Beach Daily News - - SPOTLIGHT -

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

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