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Food drive smashing success for Temple Isaiah [Highland/Fulton]

Food driver crew: (From left to right) back row: Mi’Kye Hayden Derrick Hayden, Ben Levitt, Matt Soifer; front row: Keith Hunter, Amy Levitt, Susan Soifer, Randi Miller, Elisa Hayden, Khalil Hayden.
Food driver crew: (From left to right) back row: Mi’Kye Hayden Derrick Hayden, Ben Levitt, Matt Soifer; front row: Keith Hunter, Amy Levitt, Susan Soifer, Randi Miller, Elisa Hayden, Khalil Hayden. (Courtesy Photo/Linda Crossley)

A family-centric holiday is just around the corner and the following story fits right in. Fulton resident Amy Levitt is a member of Temple Isaiah Synagogue on Route 216 in Fulton. Late in September, the members of the congregation organized a food drive for the Jewish High Holy Days of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashana is the start of the Jewish New Year of 5778 and spans Sept.21 and 22. The Day of Atonement, considered the holiest day of the year for all Jews, centers around atonement and repentance. Many Jews spend the entire day at synagogue engaging in fasting and intensive prayer. This year, Yom Kippur fell on Sept. 30. The food drive was a smashing success. All in all, 476 bags of groceries were collected and distributed to Elizabeth House in Laurel and the Howard County Food Bank, programs which distribute food items to families and individuals in need. The volunteers unloaded the delivery truck, sorted the groceries and stocked shelves at Elizabeth House. Founded in 1970, Temple Isaiah has grown into the home of Reform Judaism in Howard County. Served by Philadelphia native Rabbi Craig H. Axler since July 2012, it is a place of welcome and warmth. For more information about Temple Isaiah, call301-317-1101.

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