Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Social Action Winter Update

From the pages of Kadima, the newsletter of Congregation Adas Emuno:

A Report from Annette DeMarco
Social Action Committee Chairperson

We recently prepared a dinner and then served it to people at the shelter in Hackensack, officially known as the Housing, Health & Human Service Center. There were approximately 25 of our families involved through cooking, setting up, serving, cleaning up and/or donating needed funds. In many instances, more than one person per household participated. Now that's what I call social action the Adas Emuno way!!

The date we had was just around Christmas, so we made a holiday dinner of turkey, 11 of them, with all the trimmings. We included a bit of holiday decor, including paper goods and festive cookies and lots of smiles!

Marilyn Katz is our contact person with Family Promise. Thanks, Marilyn, for keeping us connected! Richard Alicchio is our "unofficial" PR person as well as fundraiser. Thank you for all you do! To all who made monetary donations, a special thank-you. It often takes money to help others and we are very grateful for your generosity. Please check out the names of these families on the "Donations" page of the January issue of Kadima.

Our cooks deserve to be called chefs! The food looked especially appetizing and judging by the compliments, it was delicious! It was served with smiles, respect and "heart". And I do believe we left the kitchen even cleaner than it had been (which was very clean); lots of Adas Emuno pride, there!

So who are these folks who pitched in? Well, here goes, in no particular order (except the first name!) but served up with loads of thank-you's:

Rabbi Barry Schwartz, Debby Schwartz, Aaron Fischer, Lauren Rowland, Cheryl & Richard Alicchio, Doris White, Maren & Fred Friedman, Rachel Capote, Marilyn Katz, Mari Yamasaki, Fanny & Michael Fishbein, Randi Irby, Sandra Jonas, Joan & Richard Klein, Linda Kowalski, Claudia Portnoy, Kate Scooler, Carol & Jerry Bodian.

To our temple's youth and their friends who showed up and worked hard, smiling the whole time, well, it looks like the world is in good hands! Special thanks to Ethan Irby, Alexia Capote, Gabriella Capote, Lee Joon Choi, Maxine Walsh, Emma Walby, Louis Fischer, as well as Rich and Cheryl Alicchio’s grand-daughter, Tiffani and her friend, Katie. You made such a difference...

Back at the temple, we are still collecting food for the Center for Food Action and soda can tabs for the Ronald McDonald House.

Also, watch for details about a Blood Drive which will be held on Sunday, March 30. This event will be coordinated once again by Emma Schuller and her mom, Zina.

A happy and healthy 2014 to all!!


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