Multiple faith organizations in West Contra Costa County were represented at a solidarity Shabbat at Temple Beth Hillel on Friday — part of a national effort to support Jews in the wake of the deadly mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue last week.
On a chilly day in December, dozens of volunteers filled Temple Beth Hillel in Richmond. Boxes of food and bags of produce lined the walls and overflowed from tables. People rushed around, removing empty cardboard crates and sorting donations. It was day-two of box packing for Food for Thought.
Synagogue’s food delivery program helps hungry kids in West Contra Costa schools during winter break
J Weekly December 22
More than 300 packages of donated food that were sorted and packed by volunteers at Temple Beth Hillel in Richmond will end up as much-needed meals for children and families during the winter holidays.
East Bay Times December 16
An estimated 150 families with children in the West Contra Costa Unified School District this week received boxes of food, including plenty of produce, as part of an effort by area religious organizations to feed the hungry this holiday season.
J Weekly December 17
Temple Beth Hillel’s Food for Thought Program plus Joel Rosenbaum’s photograph can be found
in a comprehensive article about Bay Area synagogue’s aiding the needy during the 2015 winter holidays:
see the Dec. 17, 2015, issue of J the Jewish Weekly or the online edition.
J Weekly April 9
Dozens of needy families in western Contra Costa County didn’t go hungry during spring break this week because of an interfaith effort sparked in part by Temple Beth Hillel in Richmond.
Contra Costa Times April 1
Volunteers at Temple Beth Hillel load boxes of food as part of the “Food for Thought” project, which feeds needy families during school breaks.
Berkeleyside Feb. 2
TBH member Sam Genirberg spoke to the cast and crew of “Fiddler on the Roof” of his experience during the Holocaust.
JWeekly January 29
A group of young actors preparing to stage “Fiddler on the Roof” in the East Bay in February had a special visitor last week: Sam Genirberg of El Cerrito.
For Cantor Fran Burgess, music has always been in her blood, but she explored careers as a massage therapist and registered nurse before committing to her lifelong passion. “I got really disillusioned with nursing,” she says, “but my background in it helps me with my pastoral duties.”
JWeekly April 24
In Berkeley, Holocaust survivors Sam Genirberg and Michael Mehal reunite after a lifetime apart.
J Weekly Dec. 19
In Richmond, Temple Beth Hillel has a December “feed the hungry” tradition of its own: Food for Thought, which took place this week. Working with the West Contra Costa Unified School District, dozens of synagogue volunteers supplied holiday food baskets to 80 families identified as food insecure.
Contra Costa Times Dec. 15
For the past three years, Temple Beth Hillel, the only synagogue in West Contra Costa County, has amassed boxes of donated foods to distribute to area elementary schools to help children and families whose food subsidies are on hold during the school break.