Congregation Keter Torah in Teaneck surprised its congregants with a special Shavuot care package filled with cheesecake, flowers, youth activities, and divrei Torah written by the synagogue’s rabbis and some of its members. Each gift bag was personally delivered by teen and parent volunteers to all of the 420 member families last Thursday, before the holiday. The cost was fully covered by member sponsors in honor or in memory of loved ones.
Ed Stelzer, who coordinated the effort, said, “We knew we were not going to be back in shul under the same roof for Shavuot as a congregation. So we thought, why not bring the shul home? Even if we have to be physically apart, perhaps with these gifts we could all be together spiritually. When the doorbell rang, instead of seeing the usual delivery boxes outside their door, members knew that the shul was thinking of them and yearning for all of us to come back when it is safe to do so. From far away, it brought us all a little closer together.”