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Frequent party goers are accus-
tomed to finding place cards pledg-
ing Yad Ezra dollar donations in
their honor. They also find food-
filled centerpieces that will be giv-
en to Yad Ezra, the area's only
kosher food bank. Canned goods
in Noah's ark centerpieces high-
lighted Julian Goodman's bar mitz-
vah to go along with his Torah
Leslie and Paul Magy personal-
ized a Yad Ezra gift eight days after
the birth of their son Bennett, now
2. They hosted a Saturday lun-
cheon at Adat Shalom Synagogue
after their son's bris and decorated
the tables with colorful bags brim-
ming with baby food for after-Shab-
bat delivery to Yad Ezra.
"My husband, sister-in-law and
I came up with the idea when we
were thinking of something spe-
cial we could do," Mrs. Magy said.
"We wanted each package to be
pretty for our guests and for the
parents who would be receiving
"We also put in diapers for prac-
tical reasons and rattles for the ba-
Joanne Aronovitz turns to JARC
(Jewish Association for Residential
Care) to mark milestone birthdays
of special relatives.
"I've known families who have
benefited from the JARC program
so it seemed quite natural to give
a gift to JARC when my grandfa-
ther, Perry Breitberg, said he did
not want anything personal for his
80th birthday," Mrs. Aronovitz
After doing a lot of browsing, she
found videos with Jewish stories
for the residents to enjoy.
When her aunt, Judy Coleman,
was about to celebrate her 50th
year, a JARC home received a set
of beautiful candlesticks in the
aunt's honor. Both women visit-
ed the facility to make the presen-
tation and to light the first Sabbath
candles in the new holders.
"The whole experience made
us feel good about the living
arrangements and being able to
give something specific that
* Start an ongoing fund that others can help support at a nonprofit agency.
we could see put to use," Mrs.
When Kiersten and David
Schwartz planned their January
wedding at Congregation Shaarey
Zedek, they looked for a valet park-
ing service that could accommo-
date physically challenged guests.
Along the way, they found a com-
pany that would donate a per-
centage of its profits to the
"We also wanted others to en-
joy the fresh flowers that decorat-
ed the party, and we asked the
rabbi for suggestions," Mrs.
Schwartz said. "We decided on
Menorah House, and our party
planners delivered the bouquets
the day after the wedding."
At Temple Emanu-El, a rabbi's
family celebration provided a role
model for others.
When Rafi Gidon Steinger had
his bar mitzvah last September; cen-
terpieces were planned for Yad
Ezra. His mother, Linda Steinger,
put her needlepoint skills to work
and made a Torah cover for the
temple, an idea later repeated by a
cousin. Rabbi Lane Steinger let his
office become a temporary holding
area for toiletries his son collected
for homeless shelters.
"Our son asked a neighbor for
toiletry donations, and the man
knew of a warehouse that held dis-
continued products," Mrs. Steinger
said. "Arrangements were made
for my son to get them and find the
organizations that needed them.
"My husband's office was filled
with cartons holding combs, sham-
poos, skin-care products and tooth-
brushes until they were all
distributed. For a short time, he had
to find other rooms to meet with
"We were glad we could cele-
brate in so many ways that would
* Invite someone who may otherwise be alone to enjoy a special event.
be helpful to others." ❑
Here are some ideas for sharing special occasions:
* Donate a percentage of money gifts to a favorite charity.
* Make a fixed-amount donation for each guest to a favorite charity. (The Jew-
ish National Fund offers invitations that notify each guest of the gift.)
* Ask guests to make charitable contributions instead of buying presents.
* Suggest party goers bring food, toiletries or items desipated for a specific
* Send floral or balloon decorations after your party to a hospital, nursing home
or children's center.
* Display attractive containers of food and then take them to an organization
that feeds the needy.
* Pass along duplicate gifts like dishes to a residential facility instead of re-
* Use live plants as centerpieces and then give them to a residential center
where people would enjoy caring for them.
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