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Thanksgiving Pack-a-thon 2017

Thursday, November 23, 9:30AM

This Thanksgiving, many of us will sit down with our families and friends 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 our past two Pack-a-thons, this year we will be expanding our circle of UWS faith community partners to include our founding partner, the West End Collegiate Church, The Jewish Center, and, this year, the Church of Latter-day Saints. On Thanksgiving morning, after Rabbi Soloveichik’s special Thanksgiving address, registered volunteers will pack meals to be distributed by the Met Council on Poverty to hungry New Yorkers.


Last year we raised over $16,000 and this year we'd like to reach $18,000. Help us meet our ambitious goal of $18,000 and make this year's Pack-a-Thon another great success!


We are delighted to report that this year, again, we have secured a matching grant from a generous donor who will give $3 for every $1 donated to this project (with a $10,000 matching grant 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. But even if you are unable to attend, your contribution will be matched and make a meaningful difference.


Register here.


To sponsor our Thanksgiving Day festivities and refreshments, click here.


In addition to donors and participants, we are seeking volunteers for a variety of roles available, which you can sign up for when you register, such as: serving on the event committee, being a floor captain, or helping out with the kids' craft activity.


Event Chairs:

Jennifer Ash

Karen Daar

Zoya Raynes

Alessandra Rovati

Marlene Sperling

Michael Sperling

Adina Wagman



Thank you to UJA-Federation of New York for their guidance and logistical support.

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The oldest of our extant cemeteries is known as the Chatham Square Cemetery.  It is located in Chinatown at 55 St. James Place.  The land was originally purchased in 1682 by Joseph Bueno de Mesquita.