January 1, 2021 update
We are all looking forward to a healthier and happier new year in front of us!
Congregants and friends of Temple Israel helped make Christmas, and the winter, just a little brighter with candy bags for kids, fresh-baked cookies, more than 100 pairs of gloves and hats, and the adoption of a large neighborhood family with food and gifts on Christmas Eve.
Folks looking for a meal has been way down in the recent months due to Hilltop’s sporadic schedule. Lisa is getting back involved and with Debbie and others will be opening up service again every Wednesday and Saturday beginning in February.
I apologize for the sporadic schedule that had some folks showing up on dates that the kitchen was closed. I have updated the schedule based on conversations with the ministry's leaders and we will do a better job of monitoring it. When you feel comfortable, they’d appreciate having us back! The last Wednesday of each month will be covered by the Church's youth group.
Lastly, we are working to put together a Zoom get-together with the Church’s new Pastors, Rabbi Mars and excited individuals to discuss what more we can do to expand our partnership and address additional needs of folks on the Hilltop. Email me if you might be interested in participating in this conversation…we will do our best to accommodate as many as feasible.
September 4th update
Seventh-day Adventists, like some Jews, do not eat pork. Our mutual beliefs that thou shall not waste and that we must preserve a life with needed food are stronger and Temple Israel volunteers have agreed to take the frozen pork out of the Church so that we can sustain someone that does not have the same beliefs.
There is now a 2nd stop to be made if you are comfortable doing a Tuesday Kroger run as we donate to one of these two locations: Saint Sophia Orthodox Cathedral or All People's Fresh Market.
Community Kitchen Serving schedule: The team in the Kitchen have added back the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month. They have the 1st Wednesday covered with a young adult group. They'd like our help for the 3rd Wednesday of each month. I've updated the schedule below.
We continue to cover the full cost of paper supplies with funds for the Lurie Micro Grant and generous donations. Thank you and stay healthy and safe!
August 2nd update
The members of the Kitchen Ministry, along with the Health Ministry at Hilltop Community Worship Center, has decided that they will thoroughly clean the kitchen, pantry and part of the lower level up to the serving door on Sunday August 16th. They will then open for serving the community on Sabbaths (Saturdays) only beginning August 22nd.
The main reason for not doing Wednesdays is the inability to secure enough volunteers needed during these times. It's absolutely imperative that Hilltop and Temple Israel members keep their health and safety as top priority.
I will also open up some Saturday slots for those that are able. I have apologized personally for not being able to be present, except for Kroger pickups when started again, and I've been told, and I'm telling you, "no apologies necessary". Our own health and that of our families comes first. Temple Israel continues to support the Community Kitchen with paper supplies, cleaning supplies and our on-going moral support!
Due to COVID
Temple Israel continues to support our partnership with The Hilltop Community Worship Center's Community Kitchen thru the COVID-19 pandemic. Since March the Community Kitchen is offering to-go meals only. Those volunteer families that feel comfortable, social distance in the kitchen and dining area assembling meals and bagging everything. Everyone will be in masks. Completed meals are carried to tables on the front stairs and those in need line up out outside from the front steps and down Burgess Ave.
Hilltop Community Worship Center is a Seventh-day Adventist Church. Their Sabbath, like ours, is observed from Friday evening to Saturday evening. The Community Kitchen serves Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons, after their Sabbath service.
“Every person who comes to our kitchen is welcome regardless of race, sex, age, color, national origin, religious preference, special needs (disability) or income. There’s a “no questions asked” policy in place at the Church.”
Here’s how we are helping the Hilltop Community Worship Center at this time:
Wednesdays. Help every Wednesday from 5:15 - 8:00 PM to prepare and package to-go meals to the community.
Give. Originally we calculated the costs of approximately $527 per month for everything from plates & to-go containers, to wrapped utensils & foil; to-go supplies cost more than this since it’s all we’re using currently. With the initial Lurie Micro Grant we are funding these paper supplies. Please donate to the Social Action Fund-Hilltop Community Kitchen at https://www.templeisrael.org/give-to-ti or send checks, payable to Temple Israel, please write “Hilltop Community Kitchen” on the memo line, and mail to Temple Israel 431 E. Broad St., Columbus OH 43215
Kroger pickup. We have 1-2 volunteers pickup donated food at Krogers (West Broad and Wilson Rd, weigh receipt and help put all frozen goods away. This needs to be done Tuesday morning's between 8:30-10:30am. Must have small SUV or larger, must be able to lift and carry 25#-55#.
What to expect: The church is located at 2622 Sullivant Ave, Columbus, OH 43204. The neighborhood has all the issues of poverty in our community: homelessness, drug use and prostitution. You will see all of these but we’ve never had an issue and everyone who comes in for a meal is gracious and thankful.
Go around the block (all one-way streets) and park either in the gated lot off to the right of the alley (W of church), or on Burgess Ave right near the side door. Knock loudly on the side door if a Deacon or Security Guard aren't outside waiting for you (we've had to wait a couple of minutes but no worries, you're on a busy street). Any issues when you arrive you may call Debbie at 614-378-3168; any issues or questions before your shift call Liz at 614-579-7593.
These are crazy times and each of us must make our own decisions about risk. If you are willing to help, it will be greatly appreciated!
- Liz, Mitchell & the Social Action Team of Temple Israel
|| Liz Plotnick-Snay