Closter congregants help needy in Jerusalem
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Closter congregants help needy in Jerusalem

( Pantry Packers)
( Pantry Packers)

Rabbi David-Seth Kirshner and 47 members of Temple Emanu-El of Closter spent the third night of Chanukah at Pantry Packers in Jerusalem, helping to pack 1,080 bags — that’s 1,190 pounds — of quinoa, beans, and peas to be delivered to 270 needy Israeli families. Pantry Packers is a volunteering initiative of Colel Chabad, Israel’s longest running social services organization, helping the needy in Israel since 1788.

The Emanu-El travelers, who ranged in age from 5 to 85, spent nearly two weeks in Israel. Everyone pitched in to give back during the holiday season. “It was an amazing hands-on experience that the whole family can appreciate and enjoy,” said Michele Goldberg, who is in Israel with her husband and three children for the first time. “It was great to see different generations working together for a really good cause in a truly meaningful and memorable experience,” she said.

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