Sometimes good things come in threes. That is the case at Temple Emunah in Lexington. JF&CS has the good fortune to have not one, not two, but three site coordinators from this synagogue for JF&CS Family Table, New England’s largest kosher food pantry. Volunteers Nancy Lefkowitz and Michelle & Mark Abramson have teamed up to ensure Temple donations of healthy food each month and to support the mission of this important program that helps many families in need.
“Site coordinators are our ambassadors. They rally the troops, educate the community, and make sure the collection happens,” said Bernice Behar, Program Manager of Family Table. “Nancy, Michelle, and Mark take it to a whole new level and lead efforts to keep Family Table’s mission in front of the community. They have been very consistent and committed for a long time.”
Family Table depends on a dedicated network of volunteers to gather, pack, and deliver groceries to almost 400 families in Greater Boston and on the North Shore. Each month, Family Table clients receive fresh and frozen produce along with wholesome groceries, protein-rich foods, dairy, personal hygiene products, and Jewish holiday items. The program currently gathers donations at 69 collection sites including temples, Jewish day schools, and community centers.
Nancy was the first member of the trio at Temple Emunah. She began volunteering about 12 years ago, packing and delivering food when Family Table was housed at Congregation Kehillath Israel in Brookline. When the prior coordinator stepped down, she agreed to serve.
“I immediately experienced the importance and value of Family Table to the community and was so impressed by the response of JF&CS to meet the needs of those who required additional support to make ends meet,” said Nancy.
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