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This past Sunday, April 2, Forty-four... that's right it is not a misprint, 44 people gave their time and their blood to our Red Cross Blood Drive. That is a record high number of donors. Thank you to everyone who participated. A special thank you to Eli and Aaron Feldman who baked dozens and dozens of cookies for donors to munch on. They took this on as their B'nai Mitzvah project. Bunny Aronson deserved a thank you and a huge round of applause for once again organizing our bi-annual drive.
Several of our 8th grade students, under the direction of our Youth Educator Francie Weinberg, met up in the TBA kitchen to make a meal for The Second Step. The teens at TBA this year have been particularly committed to our social justice cause of supporting victims of domestic violence. Today was no exception. They made vegetable macaroni & cheese and cookies. As you can see they also had a LOT OF FUN in the process!
We are so pleased to report that Temple members have been very busy this winter working on projects that help victims of domestic violence as part of our social justice initiative. In addition to cooking monthly community dinners for The Second Step, we’ve had several inquiries about how to donate gently used furniture (more on how to do this in a future blog post) and in February a group of congregants braved the bad weather (who knew the weather would get worse in March before it gets better) to go to one of The Second Step’s houses and spruce up rooms so two new families could move in.
The fact that there were two empty rooms is good news. It means two families were able to move out of the house and start their lives anew in a place of their own. It also allows two new families to move into a safe place where they can start to heal and eventually move on as well.
We did everything we could to make the rooms clean and comfortable for the new occupants including dust...