Beth El Congregation held its annual Yom Kippur food drive on Sunday, Sept. 27. Congregants donated more than 2,800 pounds of food, clothing and household items. Beth El’s contribution will be used to refill the shelves of Phoenix’s ICM Food & Clothing Bank and to support its ongoing efforts to help feed the hungry in the community.
The drive-through donation drop was organized and overseen by members of the Beth Social Action Committee. Several staff were on hand to interact with congregants and chat briefly since there are no in-person services currently. The drive-through lasted two and a half hours, and there was no contact in accordance with social distancing guidelines.
The next opportunity to donate will be on Sunday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to noon. Beth El will be collecting hygiene items for Project Haven, a Central Arizona Shelter Services project which provides temporary homeless shelter for the elderly.
“The Beth El Social Action and Justice Committee has been quite active this year,” said Beth El member Sara Ziskin, via email. “Our main project has been to adopt Project Haven. Generally we do one drive a month for the benefit of Project Haven. We have had great participation from our members.” JN