Thankfulness and Candles
What will you be preparing for your Thanksgiving dinner? Will you have mashed potatoes and gravy along side latkes and applesauce? Such is the dilemma we’ll all face as we plan our menus this year, given that Thanksgiving and Chanukah fall on the same day. Interestingly, the last time this happened was on the very first official American Thanksgiving in 1863 when Abraham Lincoln was President. The next time the holidays will coincide will be in the year 79,811!!!
What do you have to be thankful for as a Sisterhood member? So many things come to mind, but at the top of my list are the powerful friendships I have formed since becoming involved in the Sisterhood in 2008. Working together with honorable women to promote causes of social justice while promoting Jewish values is a worthy endeavor. This month we will be collecting Thanksgiving food staples that we will donate to our friends at Calvary Baptist Church. Specifically, we would like canned fruits and vegetables (green beans, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, etc…), stuffing mixes, cranberry sauce and frozen turkeys. There will be collection bins in the lobby for these items. For the turkeys, please call Sue Ellen Laken @ 610-668-3366 to coordinate drop-off.
Thanks to all of you who donated coats again this year at our annual Bingo event held last month. Our goal was to collect 101 coats as a symbolic way to honor the WRJ as it begins its new centennial. Last year the coats were donated to The Mitzvah Circle Foundation, HIAS and Calvary Baptist Church, and we plan to do the same again this year.
About a dozen women got together in September and October to prepare meals for elderly shut-ins. Each month 100 meals were prepared and delivered to the Klein JCC. A big thank you to Helene Fischer and Mimi Duben for coordinating these efforts. Next spring we will meet again to prepare these meals.
As I light my Chanukah candles this year, I will be reminded of the story of the Maccabees, one of human courage, integrity and hope. Their success was accomplished not by pious pleas or tears, but by decisive action and planning. Their example continues to inspire me as I humbly lead this wonderful group of women known as MLRT Sisterhood.
I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Chanukah.