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Temple Adat Elohim Serves the Community

By Robin Hirsch - December 17, 2015
Temple Adat Elohim expects to serve more than 300 guests who are in need of a home-cooked holiday meal and warm celebration, especially those who are needy, elderly and lonely and would enjoy spending the holiday in a warm, uplifting and spirited environment.
Temple Adat Elohim Rabbi Andrew Straus, says, “The outpouring of love and caring is the hallmark of this compassion-driven annual event that each year attracts a robust volunteer corps from Temple Adat Elohim members who are dedicated to the mission of the Temple – to heal the world by outreach to our community.”
He continued, “People often find it curious that our synagogue routinely hosts a Christmas dinner and has done so for more than 20 years. In fact, we believe bringing kindness to those in the larger community in which we live is an integral part of Judaism and our temple’s mission to heal the world.”
Peggy C. Frank, Temple Adat Elohim’s President explains that in addition to the multi-course meal, “we will be distributing toys, books, DVDs and other items for children in attendance.”
According to holiday dinner event co-chairs Marilyn Lippel, Patti Murray and Gregg Southard, the 2015 Temple Adat Elohim Holiday Dinner has been made possible thanks in large part to the generosity of many community philanthropic services and donations.
Says Southard, “We have tremendous benefactors that include Thousand Oaks High School and their staff that provide the location, Westlake Junior Women’s Club, which provides financial assistance, Larry Vad of Ideal Meats and Provisions who donates the turkey, and Jonathan Weiss of Big Mango Catering, who prepares the feast. Costco Westlake Village also donates an abundance of baked goods, and Durham Bus Service provides free transportation."
Adds Co-Chair Marilyn Lippel, "I'm not sure who reaps the most benefit, the 150 or so volunteers, or the guests. In fact, the volunteers thank us for letting them help, and the guests thank us for event. It's a mitzvah, or blessing, for everybody.”
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