IN THE NEWS: JFS Participates in “Feed My Community” Food Drive

Randall P. Lieberman

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Oct 20, 2014

Members of Congregation B'nai Israel (CBI) in Boca Raton have made a real difference locally through their involvement in the synagogue's community outreach programs.

More than 100 food bags for seniors in need were assembled in September, as part of a project by the synagogue's Kantor Family Center for Justice. CBI has been providing Rosh Hashanah foods to seniors through Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services for the past 15 years.

During the High Holy Days, the congregation kicked off its annual "Fight Against Hunger" with "Feed My Community," which is in its 21st year. Members took home 5,000 plastic bags at the conclusion of Rosh Hashanah services to fill with non-perishable and non-breakable food items.

When congregation members brought the bags back on Yom Kippur, they were filled with more than 18,000 pounds of food, which will be distributed to needy families by the Palm Beach County Food Bank, the Jacobson Family Food Pantry of Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services, C.R.O.S. (Christians Reaching out to Society) Ministries and other organizations.

On Yom Kippur, 85 synagogue members also volunteered to have their mouths swabbed so they could be included in the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation's bone marrow registry. Gift of Life, headquartered in Boca Raton, facilitates bone marrow and stem cell transplants for children and adults suffering from life-threatening blood cancers and genetic diseases.

Said Sharon Wagman, CBI's executive director: "Our congregation prides itself on providing opportunities to do mitzvot — acts of human kindness — and we are particularly proud that, this year, several hundred of the synagogue's members participated in these High Holy Day programs."

Congregation B'nai Israel is an inclusive Reform congregation that offers a nurturing home to all who seek a meaningful and enduring connection to Judaism. It strives to serve the needs of families and singles by embracing Jews from all backgrounds and offering a wide variety of spiritual, educational and social programs.

Congregation B'nai Israel is located at 2200 Yamato Road in Boca Raton. For more information, visit or call 561-241-8118.

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