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Temple Israel’s 31st Annual Thanksgiving Dinner for Those in Need Served More than 500 Guests

Each year, Temple Israel’s Thanksgiving Dinner for Those in Need serves hundreds of guests who come to Temple Israel in need. The goal is to ensure that every person who attends receives a comforting holiday meal, wonderful service, and warm fellowship with a so many others who deserve to enjoy the Thanksgiving tradition. It’s also an opportunity to teach our children the importance of always giving to those in need and to remind them of the many things we are grateful for, such as family and community. This year’s event commemorated the 31st anniversary of the dinner.

Held on the evening of Wednesday, November 22, 2017, the Thanksgiving Dinner for Those in Need served around 530 guests this year. Hundreds of volunteers made this event possible which included board members, staff, local Boy Scout Troop 11, and teens ages 13 and up. The volunteers set tables, placed festive decorations, carved 500 lbs. of turkey, made mounds of mashed potatoes and side dishes, baked pumpkin pies, greeted guests, served food, refilled beverages, and boxed up to go containers with leftovers for each attendee to take with them. The Ladue Strolling Strings provided live music throughout the evening for guests to enjoy throughout the meal.

This year’s 31st annual event was co-chaired by Temple members Jayme Fingerman and Sarah Falkoff.

“We are so honored to be a part of the planning and implementation of this amazing dinner. Being able to provide a beautiful, delicious, hot and fresh Thanksgiving meal and live entertainment to over 400 adults, children, seniors, and families in need is such an overwhelming feeling. Our goal each year is to make this night so special for so many and is one of the highlights of our year.”

-Sarah Falkoff

Our Temple Israel Thanksgiving Fund, in Memory of Margy and Jake Bromberg, and generous donations from the The Chod Family Foundation, Kuhn Foundation, The Nathan Kahn – Ernestine Kahn – Charles Kahn Foundation of Temple Israel, Maxine Clark and Robert Fox, Charles Moscowitz, and an anonymous donation made this event possible for a 31st year in a row.

Congregation Temple Israel is a caring, inclusive community committed to living Reform Judaism and participating in the sacred destiny of the Jewish people and Israel through education, worship, and repair of the world. We welcome and embrace individuals and families from all backgrounds. Wherever you may be along your Jewish journey, there is a place for you at Temple Israel. For more information, visit www.ti-stl.org.

Volunteers ready to serve our guests. From left: Sally Heller, Jillian Heller Van Fleet, Ron Van Fleet, Rob Litz (President-Elect of Temple Israel) and Nancy (Nix-Rice) Litz.


Volunteers setting up the turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, candied yams, cranberry, rolls and butter for our guests.



Volunteers carved 500 lbs. of turkey.


Tables were set by our many volunteers and centerpieces hand made by our Deutsch Early Childhood Center Preschool students. Wall décor/posters hand made by our Temple Israel Religious School students.



Sarah Falkoff (left) and Jayme Fingerman (right).


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