It was 2016 when Penny Scharfman approached us about participating in the Temple Emanuel Purim fundraiser and we are so pleased to continue to be a staple of this very popular annual event.
Each year, in celebration of Purim, the TE Sisterhood organizes a Mishloach Manot program. Loosely translated as “sending portions,” this Jewish ritual of sending baskets of food and drink on Purim Day originated to ensure that everyone in the community had enough food for the traditional Purim feast. At Temple Emanuel, Mishloach Manot is more than just sharing food.
“For us, this program needed to accomplish three things,” says Caren Kimball, co-chair of the program. “First, we want to build community; second, it needed to be a profitable fundraiser; and third, it had to be fun!”
Without a doubt, the TE Sisterhood certainly accomplished all three goals. Not only do members enjoy sending baskets to other TE members and staff, but one of the favorite parts of this event is coming together to assemble the baskets, which has become an event itself. Baskets consist of tasty items for members of all ages and always include a non-edible keepsake or two.
As the event has grown, Penny and Caren have been delighted to see their ability to support community programs grow as well. Money raised has enabled the Sisterhood to support many internal programs including Tot Shabbat, camp scholarships, taxi rides for the elderly and more. Each year, the Sisterhood has also sent a significant cash donation from the Mishloach Manot proceeds to the Jewish Family & Children’s Service Family Table and Yad Chessed charitable organizations. Temple families also have the option of opting out of receiving their basket and putting its value toward these donations.
“We’ve loved seeing this program grow each year and are grateful to organizations like Rosenfeld’s for their continued support,” says Penny. “And I can say without a doubt that our members definitely look forward to finding their Rosenfeld’s Bagels gift in their baskets each year. I know I do!”