Temple Solel’s 15th Annual Mitzvah Day (2/6/23)

Thank you to all the Temple Solel Mitzvahniks who braved the torrential rain and worked so hard and donated so many items to make our 15th Annual Mitzvah Day a success. You painted and laid down hundreds of tiles to build a hand-painted patio, although I’m sorry to announce that Rabbi Plost has left us, only to be replaced by our new Rabbi- Mad Dog Plost! Mad Dog, in the company of a bunch of amazing Temple members, including our youth, worked so incredibly hard doing really back-breaking work- and did it cheerfully.

Our volunteers also set up a library, and as soon as the area is cleared, the new furniture will be put out and the children will have a cozy reading area. We also painted an activity room for the children, packed toiletry bags, and sorted clothing and shoes.

You are all awesome, but we need to give a special shout-out to several temple members who were instrumental in making the day a success: Joanna Berens for organizing all things food, Susan Mattes for organizing the toiletry bag sorting, Mandee, Rebecca and Sara Pearl Adler for taking charge of painting the tiles, Randy Cohen and Johnny Kane for taking charge of painting the yellow room, Matt Lippman for setting up all the computers for the children, Scott Lewis for organizing and doing the planting, and Cantor Rosen for our beautiful music.

We are also thankful to The Ebenezer Seventh Day Adventist Church for giving this space to Earth 2 Table, which was sorely in need of a permanent home and to Ovrill Dwyer, the founder and director of Earth to Table, who makes the impossible, possible, for the children in her program.

We also urge you to support all our very generous business sponsors in the coming year:


Presenting Sponsor

Home Depot

Platinum Sponsor

Anthony Benedict, Abco Paving and Drainage

City Furniture

Gold Sponsors

Behr Paint



Joanna Berens Hospitality, Inc.

Silver Sponsors

Starbucks Coffee Company

Brooklyn Bagels




Dunkin’ Donuts


And we thank our generous families who donated money and supplies to make this project possible:

Catherine and Jacob Jofe

The Adler Family

Larry and Sheila Smith

Joanna Berens