Mitzvah Meals

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Mitzvah Meals on Christmas Day

December 25, 2019
Thank you! From Cheryl Escoe
On a scale of 1-10 we hit 100 on Christmas Day. Thank you all for making this event at Mary’s Kitchen so special. Many thanks to Hollis O’Brien and Debbie Reaves for their expertise in preparing food for 200+ people. My partner, Steffanie Belasco, thank you for helping to figure out how to make this event happen. Nancy Chase great idea to combine JCC cares volunteers with TBS volunteers. We had over 50 people volunteer throughout the day in preparing, cooking, serving and cleaning up. Sara Aviram helped with donations of clothing that we gave to the guests. All of you came with an attitude of service and I hope as it happened with me, left with gratefulness for a job well done.
<– in the photo: Volunteer Paula Handler happy in the kitchen.
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Mitzvah Meals would like to thank all of our volunteers who give their time to this worthy cause. Our shift leaders have served many, many years making sure the best food leaves our kitchen to feed those in need. Sara Aviram, Hollis O’Brien, Debb Reaves, Todd Menaker, Steffanie and Steve Belasco, and Shelly Wellins and Paula Pitluk. Our drivers, Mark Zdunich, Steve Lipson and Brian Gurwitz. Rich Dixon who delivers food and serves at Southwest Community Center. Our bakers Amy Greyson and Donna Fliegler and Karen Warren.
There are many others who volunteer in many different capacities and who donate money to keep this program afloat. We thank all of you for your dedication.


Thank you all,
Cheryl Escoe




This week’s wish list:
Canned fruit, brownie mix, and tub margarine,


Temple Beth Sholom Social Action Mission Statement
Using the gifts, talents and resources God has given us, we will make a difference in our local and global communities by performing mitzvot and other acts of Tikkun Olam. We will connect to each other and our community by integrating social action in all areas of our congregation. We will serve as role models and inspire others in our community to become involved in the pursuit of justice and Tikkun Olam.

In September of 2010 Temple Beth Sholom launched its Mitzvah Meal program in accordance with our Social Action Mission Statement which charges us to “perform mitzvot and other acts of Tikkun Olam.” Our Mitzvah Meal program has energized and is a source of pride for all our congregants, including our Preschool and Religious School students who have food drives and donate their tzedakah specifically for Mitzvah Meals. There are many opportunities to support Mitzvah Meals; join us in the kitchen on Sunday mornings, donate items from our weekly Online News wishlist, serve the needy at the various locations or bake desserts.

Our Temple Beth Sholom Mitzvah Meal program currently provides sustenance for approximately 1200 underserved men, women and children in our community every month. We prepare nourishing, tasty meals in our temple kitchen every Sunday. We prepare and serve food for Orange County Rescue Mission, Casa Teresa, Isaiah House and Southwest Community Center. We deliver food to Wise Place, Isaiah House, and Santiago Canyon College.

For Questions or Comments, Please Contact
Temple Beth Sholom at 714-628-4600

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Avinu she’bashamayim: On this and every day remember your children, created in Your image, who hunger for bread and thirst for water. Take heed of all those who wander in search of food, whose worlds have gone dark through no fault of their own.

Excerpt from A Prayer for People Living In Hunger Around the World, By Rabbi Shai Held