Seniors get a day out on the town

Wendy Block, with her daughter Ellie, serves salad to a visiting senior from New York’s Lower East Side as part of Project Ezra. — Andy Lifshin  photo

Wendy Block, with her daughter Ellie, serves salad to a visiting senior from New York’s Lower East Side as part of Project Ezra.
— Andy Lifshin
photo

Temple Sholom recently played host to nearly 100 Jewish seniors at an annual luncheon.

Most of the seniors are classified as home-bound but were brought to Greenwich from New York through an organization called Project Ezra. Temple Sholom additionally welcomed seniors from the Stamford Jewish Community Center as well as Jewish Family Services in Greenwich.

Project Ezra is an independent, nonprofit, grass roots organization serving the frail elderly on New York’s Lower East Side. They do not accept government funds and their organization depends on support from the community at large.

Each year, the Project Ezra organization brings their clients to Temple Sholom for a luncheon. During this year’s visit, seniors were treated to a sit-down lunch served by volunteers, singing by the Temple Sholom teen and youth choirs, and mingling with children and adults from the congregation. While the entire congregation is invited to participate, Project Ezra is specifically part of the fourth grade curriculum at the Temple Sholom Religious School.

“Our students are learning about the mitzvah (good deed) of taking care of their elders. Project Ezra helps them to put into action what they are studying in their classroom,” said senior Rabbi, Mitchell M. Hurvitz.

The students along with their parents also create centerpieces and take-home gifts for the seniors. This year the gifts were large reusable shopping bags filled with packets of hot cereal, instant soup, tea and other basic necessities. While the seniors were eating, the students circulated the room taking an opportunity to introduce themselves to the seniors and converse with them.

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