New Year’s Day Feast and Cathedral Warmth Project 2015

As soon as the Eucharist ended on January 1st, the volunteers got busy putting out all the beautiful handmade scarves, hats and mittens knitted by folk from all over the WORLD! Dinner was served in Barth Hall and as our guests left, they were invited to select a gift to keep them warm. Items left will be distributed to other local agencies who help those in need.


From the February Newsletter from Temple Beth El
Temple Beth El and the Cathedral Church of Saint Paul Ring in the New Year with Good Deeds

Congregants join
to Feed Detroit’s Hungry!

Some of our volunteers from Temple Beth-El

Some of our volunteers from Temple Beth El

It is now a decade since volunteers from Temple Beth El first joined with congregants from the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in lending a hand to feed Detroit’s hungry. During those 10 years, the menu for the church’s holiday feast changed and the event moved from Christmas to New Year’s Day. However, the poor and hungry still remain with us and we are directed as Jews to aid them.

Distribution of the prepared holiday meal expanded this year beyond just the hungry men, women and children who sought food. The multi-course feast was also provided to first responders on-duty on New Year’s as a “thank you” for their often thankless and unappreciated labors. Food also went to homeless shelters which didn’t supply their residents a hot meal.

This year’s participants included Larry and Miriam Imerman, Steve Kaplan, Walter Shapero and Kathleen Strauss, Jeff and Lenien Jenks, Bill and Laura Couger, Mike and Wendy Sorenson and Elizabeth and Dana Gulick.

The project has evolved into the best type of interfaith activity— one where participants from different faith communities come together to help those less fortunate, and in so doing, form a close bond of fellowship. At the end of the morning’s activities, the volunteers bid each other farewell and good wishes for the New Year.