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Annual Turkey Drive (Scroll down for the donation form!)

How can we compare this Thanksgiving with past ones? In the United States, more than 220,000 have died from the pandemic. Members of our congregation have lost loved ones and not had the solace of a “normal, traditional” funeral/shiva. Throughout our New Rochelle community, we are isolated by the pandemic and cannot gather for learning or celebrations. And if this is not difficult enough, our community has experienced job loss and economic uncertainty.

Yet, every year for the past 25 years, Beth El has stood out for its compassion in supporting those in need by donating money for buying Turkeys for the less fortunate. Your donations have purchased more than 225 Turkeys for families who could not otherwise celebrate Thanksgiving. This year is even more critical. The line for HOPE's food panty, which opens at 9:00 am, starts at 7:00 am and extends around the building and into the parking lot. Due to the pandemic, now food is given outdoors with social distancing and precautions for COVID. Yet there are fresh vegetables and fruits offered to our neighbors. We distribute bread and other staples as well.

Who knows better than the Jewish people that the numbers of those without food do not touch us as much as the faces of individuals who are privileged to give food and those who gratefully receive it? Our own Thanksgiving will be transformed and narrowed by the pandemic.

We have the blessing of being able to help those who are hungry. Give $25 or more to enable Beth El to buy even more Turkeys this year than any year before. Use the donation form below! Collection ends on November 23rd. As we never imagined a Thanksgiving like this one, let’s show others that we see their need and help them. I know that all who give to our Turkey Drive will have another reason for Thanksgiving.

Contact Frankie Shahar at for more information!


Please fill out the form below by November 23rd.

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Wed, November 25 2020 9 Kislev 5781