High Holy Days Food Drive

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Wednesday, September 13, 2023, - Tuesday, October 10, 2023,
- All Day

East Midwood Jewish Center

High Holy Days Food Drive

through October 10

Why Social Action on High Holy Days 2023?

As we gather together as a community for the 2023 High Holy Days, we reflect on the past year, look to the future as we commemorate the EMJC Centennial, and consider meaningful changes we can make and actions we can take. In years past, millions of Americans experienced food insecurity, went hungry, and were forced to skip meals and choose between spending on food or much needed medication. And this year is no exception. More and more in our community have experienced overwhelming economic challenges and food insecurity evidenced by long lines at food pantries.

On Yom Kippur we choose to skip meals and go hungry as part of our Jewish tradition. But, we are blessed to have the choice. Even if our hunger lasts only a day, it is enough to make us aware of the challenge hunger presents to those who experience it on a daily basis and especially to those who have experienced this because of the pandemic.

This year, you can take your experience with hunger and turn it into meaningful action.  Please participate in EMJC’s 2023 High Holy Days Food Campaign from September 10-October 10. How to participate?  You can take home a Trader Joe’s paper shopping bag from the table in the lobby.  Fill it with healthy, non-perishable packaged and canned food items and bring the bags back to EMJC when you attend HH services or at any time through the end of Sukkot.  Also, you can write a check, for any amount, made out to East Midwood Jewish Center, with a note in the memo that it’s earmarked for the 2023 HHD food campaign. You can also make a donation by credit card on the EMJC website. Click DONATE and make sure you indicate it’s your donation for the food drive.  Your donations will help support local food pantries.

By participating in EMJC’s 2023 High Holy Days Food Campaign, we can work together to begin to offer help to others who are food insecure, especially at this most meaningful time of the year for us. As we know, our ethical obligation to perform acts of tzedakah (צדק) connects to righteousness, fairness, and justice.  Together, we can begin to change the harsh reality of hunger and food insecurity, and promote justice for all those who are hungry in New York City.

Rabbi Cantor Sam Levine  samlevine@emjc.org

Sally Hipscher   sally@emjc.org