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Faith Trio Food Bank Volunteering a Great Success!


by Lea Delson

A huge thank you to those who offered their time and effort to volunteer on the last day of 2015 on behalf of those in Alameda County who struggle to get enough food to eat.

A group of 35 volunteers from 5 congregations volunteered at the Alameda County Community Food Bank (ACCFB) on Thursday morning, December 31, 2015. This volunteer effort was sponsored by the Faith Trio, which consists of Kehilla Community Synagogue along with Montclair Presbyterian Church and the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California. There were also volunteers from Temple Sinai and St. John’s Episcopal Church of Oakland.

Volunteers from Kehilla were Mandy Bratt, Rabbi David Cooper, Lea Delson, Karen Friedman, David Green, Dashiel Harrison, Laird Harrison, Trevor Harrison, Rachele Kanigel, Bill Lazarus, Lynn Lazarus and Naomi Teplow.

An additional 24 people from Kehilla offered to volunteer but could not be accommodated because only a limited number of volunteers was needed. Many thanks to those Kehilla people as well!! It is wonderful to know how many people in Kehilla care about helping the needy in our community and about working together with other faith groups.

We spent a few hours bagging apples and pears to be distributed to food pantries, senior centers, churches, and other venues  where they will be distributed to those who need them. We had a chance to meet and chat with members of the other congregations as we did our volunteer work. For example, we had an impromptu discussion about the Jewish concept of the afterlife. During these current times of increased fears and suspicion along religious lines, it was very heartwarming to see Jews, Muslims and Christians interacting in such a positive way. After the volunteer work, we heard a presentation about the work of the ACCFB and got a tour of their large and impressive facility.

The next such interfaith volunteer work at the ACCFB is planned for Friday, February 12, 8:20 – 11:30 am. We already have enough volunteers from Kehilla signed up for this date. If you are interested in future volunteering with the Faith Trio, please contact Lea Delson at

We are also seeking a few Kehilla members who would like to be part of the Faith Trio Committee, which coordinates these interfaith efforts and other activities. This involves attending monthly meetings (generally the third Tuesday of the month) and contributing to organizing activities as needed. If you are interested, please contact Rabbi David at

For more information about the Faith Trio, see

Here are some photos of the interfaith food bank volunteering on 12.31.2015


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