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As part of TBA’s Social Justice Initiative to help victims of Domestic Violence, a staff member at The Second Step, Inc. asked us to help plan a Quinceañera for one of their Latina residents. As you are aware, we enthusiastically agreed and even offered to host the event at the Temple.
A Quinceañera is a celebration of a girl's fifteenth birthday with cultural roots of Latin America but celebrated throughout the Americas. This birthday is celebrated differently from any other as it marks the transition from childhood to young womanhood, much like a Bat Mitzvah in the Jewish culture.
So a small, but energetic group of our high school girls with direction from Francie Weinberg met on December 18 to start the planning. They discussed the theme suggested by the girl’s mother and came up with ideas for food, centerpieces, decorations and goody bags to match.
Invitations were designed by Eileen Brooks and Francie Weinberg, and the students assembled the beautiful in...
With guidance from Francie Weinberg our Youth Educator and The Second Step, our teens have been planning and prepping to make a quinceañera happen for a local teen. The big day is almost upon them and they are rushing to make sure the room is ready and perfect!
The weather did not deter our hardy cooks and bakers on Sunday, January 8. With TBA closed and no industrial kitchen available to cook and bake, we decided to divide and conquer: Debbie Hart-Klein, Bunny Aronson and May Balsam gathered at Debbie's house to make chicken pot pies and salads; and Jackie Dahlquist and David and Charlotte Levine were "stationed" at their home to bake yummy pineapple upside down cakes and pumpkin muffins. Thanks to Jackie and Eve Tapper for delivering the goodies to The Second Step on Monday for a community dinner for 30 people living in TSS housing as they transition from abusive homes to a fresh start. Nothing like good old comfort food to bring comfort!
As an added bonus, the cooks made flavorful broth from the roasted chicken bones, to which Debbie added lots of veggies and leftover chicken from the pot pies for soup which is now frozen and ready for Caring Community delivery to congregants, adding to the batches of soup alre...
As part of our Huggim night, some of our 6th and 7th graders chose to make nightlights to donate to a mom's group at JF&CS. Making the nightlights was a little more complicated than expected, with a lot of steps and some gluing fingers together, but the results were amazing. In the dark when finished, the students plugged their nightlights into the wall and were amazed by how well they turned out. The JF&CS moms and their children will be able to pick out their new nightlights after the first of the year.
Recently our Grade 7 students made fleece blankets to donate to Boston Children's Hospital. We just received a thank you card. The blankets were very much appreciated. #untileverychildiswell #gooddeeds
Cantorial Soloist Susan Glickman and several families made use of the Temple kitchen during the winter break to make soup. The soup will be delivered by Caring Community members to sick or recuperating congregants during the winter months. The group spent a few hours chopping, simmering and taste-testing the cream of root vegetable and chicken, pasta and chick pea soups. Thank you to the Nasisi, Lookner and Hicks families for their skills in the kitchen and most especially for bringing the special ingredient of LOVE :)