Summer Mitzvah Thank Yous!

Each summer, Amy Benovitz organizes outings to Louisville Bats games for residents of the city’s homeless shelters. This summer was no exception.

“Once again, over 500 community members were able to spend summer evenings enjoying America’s pastime because of your generosity,” said Amy Benovitz. “Whether you donated unused seats at the Bats which were redeemed for blocks of seats, donated caps (a big hit with kids and adults) or if you sent snack money – thank you.”

Recipients included families from the Volunteers of America Family Emergency Shelter (snack money was only used for these clients) as well as residents of their men’s programs who enjoyed several evenings at the Bats. During one especially memorable game, the Bats scored 19 runs and players hit two grand slams.

Kentuckiana Nursing and the Home of the Innocents redeemed over 150 tickets, which enabled their disabled clients and caregivers to enjoy some baseball. The staff at Central State Psychiatric Hospital also greatly appreciated their 140 tickets.

The Bats, as usual, participated in this act of tzedakah, donating coupons for carousel rides, which the children enjoyed.

“Because of your generosity,” Benovitz said, “we had many more tickets than the Volunteers of America could use, so I hope nobody minded sharing the fun with other groups that either need or provide care for others in our community.”

Thanks to Harold Gordon and Leon Wahba for snack money, Sam Weinberg for caps and ticket donors: Janet and Sonny Meyer, Larry Simon, Shelton Weber (Weber and Rose), Glenn Levine (US BANK), Martha Katz, Melissa Draut, Kenneth Rosenberg, Judah Skolnick and family and the Spielberg Family (Kentucky Mirror and Plate Glass).

As need knows no season, on August 15, The Temple hosted the annual Back-to-School Party at the Volunteers of America Family Emergency Shelter with a Bingo Party, providing new school supplies for the children.  The Temple has provided new school supplies for each school-aged child at this shelter for almost 25 years, and this year, they are providing for more children than ever.

Merry Mitzvah Project 2010

The Jewish community’s month long Merry Mitzvah Project will be in full swing in December. Since Christmas is on Shabbat, there will be opportunities many other days. If you have suggestions or want to develop and plan your own event, please contact Amy Benovitz at 425-0373.

“Merry Mitzvah projects are great for Pledge 13, National Honor Society and college applications!” she said.

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