In our Siddur, in the Prayer for our Country, is a profound line – “Let us give thanks for what we have by sharing it with those in need.” We are not just to express gratitude, but to act on it.
Next week, members of Temple Beth Hillel, other faith communities, and people who care will act by assembling boxes of food for families with children in some of the highest need schools in West Contra Costa. Sunday afternoon, when the Latke Party is over (y’all come to the Latke Party!!!), we will start organizing the basic layout of the process. Monday and Tuesday will be busy with packing the boxes – each family will receive a box of nonperishable foods, a box of fresh produce, a box of bread items, and a large turkey. We are also blessed with the donations of science toys.
Wednesday is the day we pick up the turkeys, and put together the finished boxes for delivery to the schools. At this point we will be serving 12 schools, all in Richmond or San Pablo.
The work is exhausting and the problem of hunger will not be solved by our efforts. But as we are told in the Pirke Avot, “we are not obligated to finish the work, nor are we free to abandon it.”
If you have a few hours any of those days please contact me, or just come by.
We are what we do.