Over the past few days of Passover preparation
s, I had the good fortune to participate in a sequence of events which share a common denominator - the beauty of working together.
- Lema'an Achai's Kimche Depischa
- Beyachad's Kimche Depischa with Shaalei Torah
- Matzo baking with Ohr Shalom and Lev hatorah
On Monday, Lema'an Achai, a leading charity in Beit Shemesh & Ramat Beit Shemesh, organized and handed out well-stocked food packages for the festival to around three hundred local families in financial crisis.
The organization of the distribution was meticulous, and respectful for the families who received. The project required the assistance of so many donors (still needed! Click here to give your Kimche Depischa donation
), volunteers and professional staff; I found it moving to see this epitome of community chesed in action.
|Lema'an Achai's CEO R.Avrohom Leventhal helps distribute frozen chickens|
|Lema'an Achai Financial Counselor Motti Weisner and volunteer Yael Morris (my daughter!) with matzos and cleaning supplies|
|Lema'an Achai volunteers handing out wine for the Four Cups!|
|Dr Zev Frankel, head of Lema'an Achai Social Services Dept, and Office Manager Elisheva Rose |
|Cleaning & kitchen supplies distributed for Passover|
On Tuesday evening, Shaalei Torah Yeshiva (where my son Ariel learns) in Ramat Beit Shemesh, joined forces with the Beyachad Garin Torani in Beit Shemesh, to pull off an amazing two hour project of packaging up food for distribution to needy families in Beit Shemesh.
|Shaalei Torah kids sorting and packaging staple foods for needy families|
|While the food is being schlepped (here by R.Yonatan Bart), packages are being distributed by volunteers|
|Shaalei Torah kids and parents working side by side, loading up the boxes with food|
|Rosh Yeshiva of Shaalei Torah's Beit Medrash Program, Rav Tzachi, closing up the boxes |
|Boxes of fruits and vegetables, ready to go out|
|Basic foods for the festival - essential for needy families|
On Wednesday evening, I participated in hand baking matzot for Passover. This was at Lev Hatorah Yeshiva in the Ramat Shilo neighborhood of Ramat Beit Shemesh. The event was organized by Rav Chaim Soloveichik's Ohr Shalom community.
|Betzalel Silverman of Ohr Shalom and R.Mordechai Kaplan of Lev Hatorah mixing the flour and water into dough |
|Young members of Ohr Shalom roll out the dough|
|R.Avi Silverman pounds the dough |
|It's tough going, and Ophir Chernin takes over|
|My son Ariel Morris and Baruch Weismon roll holes into the dough, while shul gabbai Richie Servinsky prepares the matzot for the oven|
|Rav Chaim Soloveichik, community rabbi of Ohr Shalom, keeps a close eye on the kashrut and the timing|
|Final stage - into the fiery oven for baking|
In all these three events, everyone worked together, as a close knit dynamic team, doing whatever needed to be done, leshem shemayim!
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