|SARASOTA, Fl.—October 29, 2013— All Faiths Food Bank will welcome Jewish youth groups and their families who are participating in a pre-Thanksgiving community service (mitzvah) project on November 17, 2013, from 1-3 p.m.
Thanksgiving is a time of celebration with family and loved ones, and to recognize and be grateful for blessings or good fortune. Judaism also emphasizes the obligation to help the hungry and to provide for those in need. The project is scheduled around the time that Jews all over the world read the Torah portion from the Book of Genesis in which famine has befallen the ancient world, and hungry Israelites seek food and relief in Egypt. Now, in times of plenty and abundance, and in memory of their ancestors’ hunger, they fulfill an obligation to share with those who lack.
Now in its fourth year, the event brings families and kids of all ages together to tour the food bank, learn about hunger in Sarasota and DeSoto Counties, and sort food. Participants include the religious school students of Temple Emanu-El and high school students from the Jewish community youth group BBYO (B’nai B’rith Youth Organization). Several All Faiths’ benefactors and members of Temple Emanu-El will also attend.
“It is so important to us to involve youth groups here at the Food Bank,” said Sandra Frank, Executive Director of All Faiths Food Bank. “Making it a family event is even better; as they unite in their efforts, we see and are grateful that the future of helping people less fortunate will be in good hands.”
Groups interested in touring and volunteering at All Faiths Food Bank are encouraged to call 941-379-6333 for more information. To learn more about the Jewish student group program contact Rabbi Elaine Glickman at Temple Emanu-El: 941-371-2788.
Courtesy Photos Attached:
1. Noah Kunkel sorts food at All Faiths Food Bank.
2. Evan and Zach Rubin sort through hundreds of donated water bottles.
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