Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

May 9, 2013

Temple Emanuel Mitzvah Day to be held May 19


The Andover Townsman

---- — The Temple Emanuel Social Action Committee has planned several events to bring the community together for a day of giving back on Sunday, May 19. Temple members and their families will be working at a local food bank, repairing an Avis Trail, providing a breakfast for seniors in the community, working with Habitat for Humanity and raising money for cancer research.

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., residents of the Merrimack Valley are invited to participate in the Community Drop-off at the Temple Emanuel parking lot, 7 Haggetts Pond Road, Andover. Four local nonprofit organizations will be on hand seeking donations. The Merrimack Valley Food Bank is looking for canned vegetables (low salt), canned fruit (light), soup (low sodium), rice and pasta, Jell-O and pudding, coffee and tea (regular and decaf), and toiletries (personal care items). Big Brother & Big Sister Foundation is seeking donations of small appliances; men’s, women’s and children’s clothing; electronics and sporting goods. Project Home Again needs donations of dishes and glasses, blankets and sheets as well as furniture and household items and Got Books is looking for new and used books, CDs, DVDs and audio books.

“This is a wonderful day when the entire community comes together to do `mitzvot’ and we are so pleased to be helping and supporting such worthwhile organizations,” Robin Kahan, chairwoman of Mitzvah Day, said in a press release. “This is truly a community effort.

“Our religious school children will be participating in various activities throughout the day to raise money for cancer research and dozens of families will be helping out repairing the Avis Trail, helping to renovate St. Patrick Convent in Lawrence and sorting and delivering food. We thank everyone for donating their time and energy for this important day.”

Temple Emanuel is the largest Reform Congregation north of Boston and has become the religious and educational center for Reform Judaism in the Merrimack Valley.

For more information on all of the projects or to register to help, visit www.templeemanuel.net or call the temple office at 978-470-1356.