Temple Adas Shalom honors Dr. King

To honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, members of Temple Adas Shalom community in Havre de Grace made blankets and put together toiletry kits and meals for people in local homeless shelters. (Photo courtesy of Temple Adas Shalom, Homestead Publishing / January 17, 2012)

Members of the Temple Adas Shalom community in Havre de Grace participated in a social action project Saturday night to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King.

"Instead of having a religious service in Dr. King's honor, as we have done for the past three years, we decided to have an evening of service instead," Rabbi Gila Ruskin, leader of the congregation, said.

As Dr. David Jaffe played folk songs from the 1960s, more than 100 people ranging in age from ages 5 to 85 produced 32 meals, 13 fleece blankets and 80 toiletry kits for area homeless shelters such as Harford Family House, Emergency One Shelter and Edgewood Day Shelter in Harford County and Ray of Hope Mission Center in Cecil County.

The congregation's ASTY and JASTY youth groups made 100 sack lunches for the shelters as well.

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For the Harford County Humane Society, participants made 100 felt and yarn dog and cat toys and baked 120 homemade doggie treats.

All this was accomplished in about three hours, Rabbi Ruskin said. Donations of toiletries from local hotels, clothing and other items were also collected for the shelters.