September 9, 2010 by staff
“I wish a new year and healthy and sweet,” Levin, 67, of Pleasant Ridge said Gottesman, 84, on a recent afternoon in MediLodge of Southfield.
Delivery of gifts for the Jewish New Year – honey sticks, apple sauce, and a Jewish calendar among them – is a way for local Jews to perform good deeds, called mitzvahs, as they approach the Jewish high holidays. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year begins at sundown today for the 72,000 Jews in the Detroit metropolitan area. Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is 18 September.
Levin was one of about 100 volunteers with the women’s department of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit who helped pack and deliver gifts to the elderly Jews who live in nursing homes that are not predominantly Jewish. It allows older people the chance to reconnect with their faith and culture during an important time of year.
Jewish volunteers are rewarded
The scene inside a room at the Temple Beth El in Bloomfield Hills, one morning last week was a whirlwind of activity for about 100 women were quick to material bags with gifts for home residents.
The volunteers came together to work for a good cause: to ensure that even those who live alone are connected to their Jewish roots.
“We want you to know that they are part of the Jewish community and that we care about them,” said Suzanne Levin, 67, of Pleasant Ridge. Levin and her husband were coloring the Jewish New Year cards inside the temple as they prepared to deliver gifts to local elders.
As the shadow in jars of honey to symbolize hope for a sweet new year, they talked about the importance of performing good deeds during the high Jewish holidays – Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, which begins at sundown today – and throughout the year.
“If you look at the laws of the Torah, are all about being good to other people,” Levin said her husband, Stewart Levin, 75.
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