Children Contribute to Temple’s Food Drive

Dennis Evanosky &nbsp&nbsp Students from Temple Israel’s Hebrew School and their families helped load a truck from the Alameda Food Bank last Sunday, Oct. 27.

Children Contribute to Temple’s Food Drive

Children from Temple Israel’s Hebrew School helped out on Sunday, Oct. 27, at a loading party to help fill an Alameda Food Bank truck with more than 225 bags of groceries. The congregation donated the groceries during the temple’s High Holy Days food drive. The temple gave its congregants grocery bags on Rosh Hashanah, which fell this year from sunset Sept. 29 to sunset Oct. 1. These days mark the beginning of 10 days of repentance that end with the holiest day of the year, Yom Kippur, this year from sunset Oct. 8 until nightfall Oct. 9. 

These mark traditional days of repentance and Yom Kippur as a traditional day of fasting. Many will donate, to the community, the money that they would have spent on food they would have eaten during Yom Kippur. These 10 days are also a time that most Jewish congregations choose to organize food drives to help those who would otherwise go without food.

In this spirit Temple Israel asked its congregation to fill bags donated by Trader Joe’s and return them on Yom Kippur. The Temple created a “Sea of Compassion” from blue cloth and laid it on the floor. The goal: to cover that sea with 100 boxes of food. By the end of the drive that sea overflowed with 228 boxes. Rabbi Annette Koch called the success “an act of social justice.” She said that filling that sea made of cloth “a gift from the heart of the community.” 

The Alameda Food Bank and the hungry and less fortunate the food bank serves will benefit from Temple Israel’s gift. The non-profit food bank helps Alameda residents in need by providing nourishing food in a compassionate and respectful manner with the support of dedicated volunteers and local partners.

For many, the food bank serves as a temporary safety net during rough times. To join Temple Israel in helping those in need, mail a check:  Alameda Food Bank, P.O. Box 2167, Alameda CA 94501 or visit

Courtesy photos    Temple Israel set up a “Sea of Compassion” to fill with food for the needy during the recent High Holy Days. The congregation donated 228 boxes of food, which the temple, in turn, donated to the Alameda Food Bank.