Special Thanksgiving in Teaneck
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Special Thanksgiving in Teaneck

In 2019, Janice Preschel, z”l, left, Teaneck township manager Dean Kazinci, Teaneck lawyer John Shahdanian, and Teaneck’s deputy mayors, Mark J. Schwartz and Elie Y. Katz, stand together.
In 2019, Janice Preschel, z”l, left, Teaneck township manager Dean Kazinci, Teaneck lawyer John Shahdanian, and Teaneck’s deputy mayors, Mark J. Schwartz and Elie Y. Katz, stand together.

Teaneck community leaders will join with the Teaneck VFW # 1429 to host a Thanksgiving meal for seniors, veterans, emergency service workers, and families who need a hot meal, at no cost, on Thursday, November 25, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Rain, 399 Water St., in Teaneck

This year’s Thanksgiving dinner will honor the memory of Janice Preschel, who died of covid last year, at the beginning of the pandemic. Ms. Preschel helped found Teaneck’s Helping Hands Food Pantry, now called the Helping Hands Food Pantry — The Janice Preschel Project.

“The pandemic has shown us that there are still a lot of families in need of a hot meal, especially on Thanksgiving,” said Teaneck’s Deputy Mayor Elie Y. Katz, a pantry co-founder. “Every year, we do our best to give back and help feed as many families as possible on Thanksgiving. This year means even more to us because we will be honoring the memory of Janice Preschel, who helped found and run the food pantry, was a president of the Teaneck Rotary, a member of Temple Emeth’s social action committee, and was a friend to everyone in Teaneck.

“We miss her, we love her, and we want to remember her by helping others, which was her legacy,” said Katz.

Brenda Sutcliffe of Teaneck, Janice Preschel’s sister and a beloved, long-time member of our Jewish Standard staff, added, “Thanksgiving was one of Janice’s favorite holidays and she loved being part of the Rain luncheon. This is a great way of honoring Janice’s memory and keeping her legacy alive.”

Mayor Mayor Jim Dunleavy, Deputy Mayor Mark J. Schwartz, township council members Keith Kaplan, Karen Lew Orgen, Michael Santiago Pagan, and Gervonne Romney Rice, Teaneck’s manager, Dean Kazinci, and volunteers Rosiland McClean, and Karen McEvoy also will help.

Thanksgiving food will be donated by Dougies, Chopstix, and Butterflake, and renowned chef Mike Hennig will work in the kitchen. Because of the pandemic, there will be rotating time shifts for all volunteers and participants. Rides to Rain are available. Volunteers also will collect shampoo and body-wash for the food pantry.

To sign up for the Thanksgiving meal and/or to request a ride, call Councilmember Michael Santiago Pagan at (201) 543-7671.

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