Beth El congregants donated hygiene items at a drive-through drop-off on Sunday, Oct. 25.

Members of the Beth El Social Action Committee, Sara Zilversmit, her son Michael and Debbie Gordon, as well as members of Beth El’s board of directors, Greg Harris and Audrey Wolff, staffed the event and enjoyed speaking to people from a safe distance as they entered the parking lot to drop off donations. They also helped pack additional hygiene kits that were donated to Project Haven, a Central Arizona Shelter Services project which provides temporary homeless shelter for the elderly.

The event lasted more than two hours, and Beth El provided over 240 hygiene kits and additional large bottles of hygiene products.

The synagogue will hold its annual Turkey Train on Sunday, Nov. 22, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It will collect frozen turkeys and non-perishable side dishes for Thanksgiving, benefiting families of Valencia Newcomer School.

To participate in Beth El Congregation’s social action events, call 602-944-3359 or email either or Barbara Lewkowitz at

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