Shalom USYers! This is Jamie Shear, the Hanegev SATO Scenes Editor, coming to you with another wonderful SATO scenes email!
This week, our topic of choice is Thanksgivukkah! Two wonderful holidays, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, happen to fall on the same week this year. We are taking this opportunity to inform all of you about what you can do to help the less fortunate members of you community have the best holiday celebrations that they possibly can.
Every year, the week of Thanksgiving, I go to my local JCC and help serve a full Thanksgiving dinner to the older members of my community. You can get involved in either a pre-existing program like this, either at your JCC or temple, or you can even try to start your own!
Also, working at a local soup kitchen, even if it is not connected to the Jewish world, is great way to get involved.
Always remember that you are extra fortunate to have luxurious meals like the one below and let that motivate you to give back to your community on the day of thanks.
Now, to incorporate Hanukkah into our good-doing:
This year, when you play dreidel, use real money instead of gelt. You can then donate your winnings to a local charity (shelter, soup kitchen, etc.). This is also a great way to raise money at your chapter Hanukkah party.
Also, if you are serving food at your local JCC or temple, ask them to include regular or sweet potato latkes in their Thanksgiving dinners. Maybe even suggest this if you are helping at a soup kitchen.
At your chapter Hanukkah party or any pre-Hanukkah program, try making Menurkeys (Menorah Turkeys) out of recycled materials.
One last thing: If anyone went to Israel this summer and bought items to auction off for T.O. at IC, PLEASE email email@example.com so we can get a count of what items we have.
I hope you all give a lot of thanks this year to be lucky enough to have wonderful Thanksgivukkah feasts!
Keep it real,
Hanegev SATO Scenes Editor
Hanegev Social Action/Tikun
Olam Vice President 2013-2014