We Remember You Holiday Mitzvah Project called “a win-win for all”

By: Paula Rubin

Jews in the Greater Binghamton area are said to have a reputation for caring about their fellow Jews. For the ninth consecutive year, the We Remember You Holiday Mitzvah Project will bring hospitality to Jewish neighbors who might not have family and friends nearby, or the means to celebrate the Jewish holidays according to their traditions.
Community members have been asked to bring non-perishable food items to specifically marked food boxes at Beth David Synagogue, Temple Concord, the Jewish Community Center, Chabad, Hillel Academy and Hillel at Binghamton (University). These items should include foods that might be served at one’s own holiday meal. The donation boxes will remain at the respective locations until Monday, September 21. They will then be collected and reassembled into 19 packages along with additional traditional foods. Children at the local Hebrew schools will make cards to go into each box. The boxes will be delivered on Sunday, September 27, to 19 families in the area.
For those who prefer to send monetary donations, they can be sent to Jewish Family Service, 500 Clubhouse Rd., Vestal, NY 13850. “We Remember You-Mitzvah Project” should be written on the memo line of the check. Funds collected will be used to further enrich the holiday experience for these families.
“This project provides a wonderful holiday experience for those who donate food and/or money, and for those who receive the completed holiday boxes,” project organizers noted. “The children get involved making cards and helping with the actual make up of the boxes. Area volunteers deliver the boxes just before Sukkot, helping some of our Jewish neighbors enjoy holiday traditions.”