Project Ezra is an independent, non-profit grass roots organization serving the frail Jewish elderly on New York’s Lower East Side. They provide a variety of services to a largely homebound population. As it is said during Yom Kippur, “Do not forsake us in our old age; as our strength seeps away, do not abandon us.”
Woodlands Community Temple offers two opportunities to fulfill this mitzvah - the luncheon on Sunday, Dec 9 and the second opportunity before Passover when Woodlands provides 50 Passover food boxes to the seniors.
The luncheon is a Woodlands tradition for over 40 years! On Sun, Dec 9 from 11 am – 2 pm Woodlands will once again host the Project Ezra luncheon for the elderly folks from the Lower East Side. We're looking for volunteers to host a table by supplying a dairy lunch. We'll pair you with another Woodlands family or individual. Join us for an afternoon of food, music, conversation and sharing a little history. The food served is commonly a dairy meal consisting of bagels, lox and cream cheese, tuna fish, whitefish salad, egg salad, noodle pudding, salad - details below.
You can also help by making a donation to WCT, with Project Ezra on the memo line, to help fund some of the expenses.
PROJECT EZRA LUNCHEON DETAILS
BUS ARRIVES AT 11:45. PLEASE TRY TO ARRIVE BY 11:15am TO SET UP
You and your temple partner bring a dairy lunch for yourselves and 3 or more guests per family. Approximately 7 seniors at each table. You will be paired with another temple family and you will sit with and serve your guests together.
WOODLANDS SUPPLIES: TABLECLOTH, COFFEE, TEA, LEMON, MILK, SUGAR, HOT CUPS
YOU BRING: DAIRY LUNCH (REMEMBER THE DIETARY NEEDS OF ELDERLY, BUT INCLUDE SOME TREATS), PLATES, COLD CUPS, PLASTIC FORKS, SPOONS, KNIVES, NAPKINS, AND WRAPPINGS FOR LEFTOVERS (SARAN WRAP, FOIL, BAGGIES, CONTAINERS WITH LIDS, PLASTIC BAGS, ETC.) (THEY “LOVE” TO TAKE HOME LEFTOVERS!)
DON'T FORGET: SERVING PIECES AND PLATES
WHEN YOU ARRIVE: ALLOW ENOUGH TIME TO SET-UP LUNCH AND MAKE NAME TAGS FOR YOURSELVES (WE WILL SUPPLY THE TAGS).
WHEN BUS ARRIVES: ESCORT EVERYONE FROM BUS TO TABLE. EZRA GUESTS WILL SIT RANDOMLY. THERE WILL BE NO PRE-SET ASSIGNMENTS.
PROGRAM: MOSTLY INFROMAL (EAT, TALK, WALK, MUSIC, SING.) RELIGIOUS SCHOOL STUDENTS MAY GIVE A PERFORMANCE. .
AFTER LUNCH: PACK UP LEFTOVERS BUT DON'T CLEAR YOUR TABLE WHILE GUESTS ARE STILL HERE. OFFER TO WALK GROUNDS OR SIT OUTSIDE
CHOOSE FROM THESE LUNCH SUGGESTIONS (DAIRY ONLY)
BAGELS & NOVA REALLY APPRECIATED AS IS NOODLE PUDDING (THEY LOVE KUGEL!):
Bagels, bread, rolls, nova, cream cheese, cottage cheese, pot cheese, hard cheese, butter/marg, borscht, schav, sour cream, hard cooked eggs, tuna or egg salad, gefilte fish, herring, green salad, pasta salad, macaroni and cheese, tomatoes, cucumber, onions, lemon, blintzes, noodle pudding, fresh or dried fruit, fruit salad, Jello, canned peaches, cake, cookies, soda, fruit drink, apple cider, etc.
YOUR MITZVAH MAKES FOR A JOYOUS DAY FOR ALL!!