Gates of Prayer holds ‘Turkey Parade’ to donate turkeys, raise tzedakah for community
By ALAN SMASON
In advance of this week’s Christian celebration of Christmas, Congregation Gates of Prayer elected on Sunday, December 19, to donate approximately 75 frozen turkeys to Second Harvest Food Bank as an expression of Jewish charity or tzedakah.
The program, put on jointly by the Gates of Prayer Brotherhood and Sisterhood, was timed to coincide with the religious school studies about the importance of tzedakah. Adults, working with the J-FLEx (Jewish Fun Learning Experiences) program at the religious school, formed a long line with students to place the turkeys into a pickup van provided by Second Harvest.
Brotherhood president Chip Mann contacted Second Harvest to coordinate the event, based on a similar longtime event being held in the Baton Rouge Jewish community for their community’s food bank.
“We tried to position adults along with children to help them move the turkeys along,” Mann said in a phone interview with the CCJN. “The kids were active participants. They handled the turkeys and we even had gloves for them, so they were able to participate in the process.”
While Mann was not sure if this would become an annual event, he said the pieces are in place should the congregation elect to do so. Rabbi David Gerber was on hand to also support the event.
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