Monday Night Community Dinners
From September through May, Beth El hosts a Community Dinner on the last Monday of each month as part of a broader effort by the local interfaith community to prevent hunger and promote nutrition for less fortunate people in our region. It's a rewarding experience, and the recipients are truly grateful for the meal. Dinners are held from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. Volunteers help set up, serve, clean up and provide main courses, salads, drinks, desserts or paper goods.
There are many ways to be involved, such as:
Providing part of a meal each month, whether it is the salad, the desert, the entrée, the side dish, the drinks or the paper goods, contributes to sustaining an easy and reliable system. Meal items may be dropped off at the CBE community building in advance.
Providing part of a meal one time often helps round out a meal as a whole. It is particularly helpful during months that are assigned to the families of the Judaism School, who provide a main course and serve the guests. On these months, we could always use a few side dishes, beverages, and desserts to round out the meal.
Setting up, cleaning up and helping to serve meals – whether on a regular basis or just one time – are all activities at the center of the community dinner. Helping to warm up food, set out plates and wash dishes are also opportunities to connect with the guests and volunteers of the community dinner.
Distributing fliers and posting them in public venues is an easy way to let people know about the monthly community dinner.
Suggested dishes: vegetable lasagne, vegetarian chili, curried veggies and rice, sliced cheese with crackers, side salads, baked or mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables, fresh fruit, brownies, cookies, seltzer, juice, etc. Please note that the Beth El kitchen is kosher: Dairy foods are fine, but otherwise vegetarian.
If you would like to get involved,
please contact our office.