Solidarity Through Service: NYC Feeds the Hungry

The day began with a question: “What’s your favorite food ritual?” We went around as each volunteer spoke of their favorite food moment from her tradition. Answers included the Sikh practice of Langar, family coming together for Christmas dinner, apples and honey on the Jewish new year (Rosh HaShanah), eating a mother’s Halwa for Hindu festivals and breaking the fast with friends on Ramadan.
Having gotten to know each other and bonded around the central role food plays in each of our lives, we were ready to dive in to making enchiladas for an incredible interfaith homelessness project that needed our help! B’nai Jeshurun Synagogue and The Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew are two visionary religious institutions here in NYC who work together to provide shelter to the homeless year-round.

Our volunteers collaborated beautifully, working to make a hearty meal for the women who utilize the shelter’s services. We all felt an uplifting sense of accomplishment as our day’s work came to a close. We reflected on the power of feeding others, and called to mind the divine nature of taking care of those in need. As a group we were mindful of what the experience gave to us as well, and noted the fact that all people have needs, whether financial, emotional or spiritual. We felt blessed to be able to take action together.

In the evening, when the meal was served, there was a lovely opportunity for mutual gratitude and learning. Hannah was able to return to enjoy the meal with the group of women who call the shelter space home. While verbal expressions of thankfulness were scattered throughout the evening, there was an unstated sense of community that bound those around the table together. Although personal histories and circumstances differed within the group, by the end of the meal everyone had laughed, shared a story or commented on a current event in a way that surely reminded us we are all part of a common, human community.

This was the third event out of the four that make up the Spring of Solidarity.The campaign will conclude on June 6th with an Empty Bowl Dinner benefit and celebration that all in the NYC area are invited to attend!

Volunteers for Solidarity Through Service

Volunteers for Solidarity Through Service


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