Led by Rabbi Alan Lucas of Temple Beth Sholom of Roslyn Heights, the group was eager to get to work.
Despite the cold and wet, the atmosphere was warm and cheerful. Everyone donned their red Meir Panim aprons, ready to help and contribute in any way they could.
The kitchen was soon buzzing with the sounds of chopping, cooking and laughing. Peeling carrots, chopping vegetables – people were happily pitching in.
Diners arrived at the restaurant, cold and wet. They were met with hot food and warm smiles from the volunteers.
Volunteers noted that the diners were happy to brave the weather, leaving with a full stomach and a happy smile.
According to one volunteer, “the contact with the extremely grateful people will stay with me for a long time.” Another commented, “What I most enjoyed was being able to do something for someone who needs my help.”
We thank Rabbi Lucas and his group for lending a much-needed hand, and look forward to a long and meaningful relationship with our new friends at Temple Beth Sholom.