by Lea Delson
A group of 24 volunteers from four congregations volunteered at the Alameda County Community Food Bank (ACCFB) on Friday morning, December 30. This volunteer effort was sponsored by the Faith Trio, an alliance of Kehilla Community Synagogue along with Montclair Presbyterian Church and the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California. Volunteers from Temple Sinai participated as well. The Faith Trio congregations have joined together to volunteer at the food bank at the end of December for the last four years, since 2013.
The volunteers spent several hours bagging fruit to be distributed to food pantries, senior centers, churches, and other venues. We had a chance to meet and chat with members of the other congregations as we did our volunteer work. It was very heartwarming to see Jews, Muslims and Christians interacting in such a positive way.
Volunteers from Kehilla were David Green, Jennie Schacht, Karen Friedman, Laird Harrison with his college age sons Trevor and Dashiell, Lea Delson, and Shari and Jonathan Cole and their son Oren, the youngest volunteer. Much appreciation to all the volunteers!
The next interfaith volunteer shift at the ACCFB is planned for Friday, February 3, 8:20 – 11:30 am. Please contact Lea Delson by January 27 at firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 528-6725 if you would like to participate. This will be an observance of World Interfaith Harmony Week http://worldinterfaithharmonyweek.com
Here are some photos of the interfaith food bank volunteering, courtesy of Robert Berger of Temple Sinai https://www.flickr.com/photos/11254402@N06/sets/72157676860438561/