In Focus

In focus 12.15.17

Nanci Levy, community outreach coordinator at Handmaker Services for the Aging, and Handmaker resident Gertrude Shankman talk to a student at Temple Emanu-El’s intergenerational lunch on Nov. 21.

Intergenerational Thanksgiving lunch

On Tuesday, Nov.  21, Temple Emanu-El’s Olga and Bob Strauss Early Childhood Center celebrated with residents from Handmaker at the Temple’s second annual intergenerational Thanksgiving Lunch. The ECE’s children presented a short program of Thanksgiving blessings and songs on the themes of friendship, community and gratitude.







(L-R): Melissa Goldfinger (Many Mitzvah Makers founder and adult leader), Sam Goldfinger, Alariah Citron, Kendra Citron and Rosie Eilat Kahn (one of the scroll donors) hang a mezuzah at Handmaker on Nov. 19.

Many Mitzvah Makers deliver many mezuzot

The Many Mitzvah Makers club for children in grades 4-7 made cases for 40 kosher mezuzah scrolls collected by Rabbi Robert  Eisen of Congregation Anshei Israel. On Sunday, Nov. 19, representatives of the club helped hang the mezuzot at Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging. Mezuzot were hung on the doors of residents who requested one and on doorposts in Handmaker’s Bregman, Golding and Rich rehab neighborhoods.






(L-R): Judith Weiser, Miriam Furst, Lyla Michelson, Deb Jacobson, Nancy Lefkowitz, Rabbi Helen Cohn, Judy Reisman. Not pictured: Dottie Klepper.

M’kor Hayim social action

On Sunday, Nov. 19, on behalf of Casa Alitas, members of Congregation M’kor Hayim made and giftwrapped 22 blankets for migrant children traveling north to reunite with relatives. The Alitas program serves migrant women and children who have left their home countries to escape violence and poverty, providing care, short-term shelter and help to reunite with family members in the United States.