Youngsters help out at neighborhood food pantry

Children from the 4’s classes at the Selma Maisel Nursery School of Temple Sholom, accompanied by Rabbi Mitchell M. Hurvitz, help stock shelves at the Neighbor to Neighbor food bank.

Children from the 4’s classes at the Selma Maisel Nursery School of Temple Sholom, accompanied by Rabbi Mitchell M. Hurvitz, help stock shelves at the Neighbor to Neighbor food bank.

Children in the 4’s program at the Selma Maisel Nursery School of Temple Sholom got a glimpse of community service on Nov. 18 when they visited the Neighbor to Neighbor food bank with their teachers, Rabbi Mitchell M. Hurvitz and Phyllis Lyons, director of the school, to deliver donations and help stock the shelves.

Every Friday throughout the school year, the children are asked to bring non-perishable food to school for tzedakah, which means charity, and is a fundamental part of Jewish life. By bringing in a food donation each week, the children learn about what it is to be hungry and that they can share what they are fortunate enough to have.

The students visited the food pantry to see where the food that they bring to school goes. Rabbi Hurvitz explained to the children that some people don’t have money to buy food but they can come “shopping” at the food pantry for free because people are kind enough to donate food.

The Selma Maisel Nursery School at Temple Sholom is an award-winning early childhood program that serves children two to four-years-old with a hands-on, creative curriculum that fosters learning through play. Children learn and grow through individual and group activities in a setting that fosters their Jewish identity.

For more information about the Selma Maisel Nursery School or Temple Sholom, call 203-869-7191 or visit Templesholom.com.

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