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Thanksgiving Pack-a-thon 2017

Created for us by UJA Federation

Thursday, November 23, 9:30AM

This Thanksgiving, most of us will sit down with our families and partake in a delicious and filling Thanksgiving meal.  However, many fellow New Yorkers, both Jews and non-Jews, will not.  While we live in one of the most affluent areas in the world, approximately 2.6 million New Yorkers have difficulty affording food for themselves and their families every day.  

We’d like to make a difference! 

Building on the success of last year’s Pack-a-thon, this year, for this very important hesed project, we will again be partnering with the West End Collegiate Church and also with the Jewish Center as part of our “Achdut in Action” Initiative. On Thanksgiving morning, after Rabbi Soloveichik’s special Thanksgiving address, UJA will have us set up in Levy Auditorium to pack over one thousand meals to be distributed to hungry New Yorkers.  

We are delighted to report that we have already secured a matching grant from a generous donor who will give $3 for every $1 donated to this project (with a $10,000 cap).  So a donation of $18 will generate a matching gift of $54, a gift of $180 will generate a matching gift of $540, and so on. To participate, adult volunteers are asked to a minimum of $18 with lower minimum donation options for youth.  All proceeds will go to the Met Council on Poverty's hunger relief program.

We also have a variety of roles for volunteers such as: serving on the event committee, being a floor captain or helping out with the kids' craft activity.

Help us reach our overall goal of $18,000 and make this year's pack-a-thon another great success!

Register here.




Synagogue tradition associates this Hanukkah lamp with the First Mill Street Synagogue of 1730.

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The congregation's fourth synagogue was built on nineteenth Street, just west of Fifth Avenue.