We plan to have our traditional World Wide Wrap service at 8:15 am on Feb 5th as the first part of our program. We have invited some members of Cong. Beth Tikvah, a non-denominational synagogue in Westborough, Ma to join us. We plan to have plenty of members on hand to help train those who have NOT "Leyn Tefillin" before. Our own Rabbi Aviva Fellman will discuss history and significance of wearing Tefillin during or immediately after the service. Following the service at approx. 9:30am we will sponsor a bagel breakfast. Our 2nd part of the program will be called "Souper Sunday" which will involve a team of volunteers from Cong. Beth Israel & Beth Tikvah to prepare and deliver a meal to 2 local "soup kitchens." We expect to have approx. 20 people to join us from Beth Tikvah (includ. 12-15 Hebrew School students from Grades 5-7, some teens and adults). While the breakfast is going on, Rabbi Fellman and Nancy Spitulnik, a co-President of Beth Israel and member of the Social Action Committee will speak about Hunger and Rachel's Table (a non-profit organization funded in part by Jewish Federation of Central Ma which picks up excess food from simchas, and parties and donates that to local food pantries and shelters). At approx. 10 am, Meal preparation will begin. People will be divided into teams. Tentative menu includes: minestrone soup, fruit salad, bread, cake. Additional activities discussed included preparing bags of toiletries/personal items, healthy snacks and books. At 11:30 am, Delivery of the food to pre-arranged sites will commence. Social Action Committee will organize and adults will supervise. We have registered our program with the website at http://souperbowl.org. This organization assists volunteer groups to organize events to Feed the Hungry and donate any monies collected to worthy causes. We have received a grant from the Jewish Federation of Central Ma to cover the costs incurred to run this program. We wish to acknowledge Rachel's Table for their assistance and their worthwhile efforts in the Worcester Community at large.
The Beth Israel Brotherhood would like to thank all the organizations involved in our Souper Sunday Program and hope that our efforts will launch similar events such as these in the near future.