On Thanksgiving Day, 2009, we worked in a soup kitchen run by dedicated, caring staff from Project ORE. Project ORE is housed in a synagogue on 23rd Street in Manhattan and serves kosher, family-style community meals. Project ORE also provides clients with clothing, a free legal clinic, housing referrals, assistance with entitlements and benefits (public assistance, disability, social security, etc), referrals for psychiatric counseling and crisis intervention for emergency situations. Project ORE offers classes in art, poetry, and current issues, educational trips, and programs on health and wellness.
A Jewish experience is provided through a weekly Oneg Shabbat, Jewish studies and holiday celebrations. Volunteers serve meals and socialize with Project ORE participants, showing them that someone cares. They serve New York City’s most vulnerable and isolated populations, including the homeless, the mentally ill, the elderly, and Holocaust survivors.
Noah’s miniblog about Project ORE:
On Thanksgiving we went to a soup kitchen in Congregation Emunath Israel in Manhattan. We met very interesting people. There we served them lunch and beverages. I think this was a great idea to do. It is also important to do it on Thanksgiving because we have to be thankful that we have money for food and that we can help those in need. Everyone smiled at us when we served them and thanked us. I am glad I was able to do this.
Julia’s miniblog about Project ORE:
On Thanksgiving my family and I went to a soup kitchen. While we were serving drinks before lunch, we talked with the people there. They were all very nice, and they had interesting stories to tell. One person did something special that I noticed. She always brought the cook’s three daughters nice things. I thought that was very nice of her to be so thankful. I enjoyed serving them a Thansksgiving meal and listening to their thanks. I always wanted to help at a soup kitchen and it was a great experience.
Anna’s miniblog about Project ORE:
Today at the soup kitchen we served food and beverages to people couldn’t afford it. I thought that everyone was really nice but one woman in particular was really kind. She usually goes to a different soup kitchen that serves about 1,500 people (I think the one we were helping at serves about 75 or so people) and she wants to thank the cook who has 3 daughters. So every time she goes there she brings stuff for them. Unfortunately today the cook cut his finger so she was not able to give it to them but I thought she was really kind. Even though she doesn’t have a lot of money she got stuff for the cook’s duaghters to thank him! We should learn from her and give thanks not only on Thanksgiving but all the time!