SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- Scarsdale Congregants are preparing to cook for those in need with Executive Restaurant Chef Salvatore Cucullo Jr. on Mitzvah Day this Sunday.
Members of Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont and Emanu-El will put on aprons alongside Cucullo, who recently opened 808 Social, and cook for those in need at the Reform Jewish congregation’s annual event. The food will be donated to Grace Church.
Each year, Scarsdale Synagogue sets aside a special community-wide Mitzvah Day -- a day of deeds of loving kindness -- for a variety of social action initiatives.
“Mitzvah Day is a wonderful tradition here at Scarsdale Synagogue,” said Rabbi Jeffrey Brown, “setting aside one day a year for our congregation and the wider community to do good deeds together, supplementing what people already do on their own throughout the year. We expect a large turnout and welcome our friends and neighbors to join us, regardless of their faith and affiliations.”
Other activities will range from hands-on community service projects to learning opportunities with the synagogue’s clergy and “fun”-raising activities.
The synagogue also will be collecting much-needed and useful items to donate to worthy organizations in greater Westchester communities, including:
- Children’s clothing (ages 14 and younger) for the Sharing Shelf
- Children’s books (for ages 5 and younger).
- Diapers and wipes for the Westchester Diaper Bank
- Holiday drive to benefit My Sister’s Place
- Lightly used college dorm supplies for Grad Bag
- Food for the United Interfaith Food Bank
- A pet supply drive for the New Rochelle Animal Shelter
- Crafts and games benefiting CHAM
- Items for U.S. Soldiers benefiting MSAWI
Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont and Emanu-El is a Reform Jewish congregation committed to creating a covenant community of shared lives and real relationships.