By Sharon Wisch-Ray
Hats off to Harry Kahn and The Isadore Garsek Lodge of B’nai B’rith who once again served the Jewish Family Services Senior Program and the senior Fort Worth community a wonderful Passover meal. Rabbi Ralph Mecklenberger of Beth-El Congregation led the service and Rabbi Andrew Bloom from Congregation Ahavath Sholom participated as well.
The meal was delicious, the Seder was meaningful and enjoyed by more than 100 people that were in attendance. A special thank you to the volunteers that served and helped clean up, took pictures, as well as the B’nai B’rith volunteers.
Hedy Collins, JFS senior director said, “It takes a village!! Thank you so much for everyone’s hard work and dedication in making the JFS Senior Program such a success.”
The JFS Senior Program has been fortunate that Leah Gilstrap, who will celebrate her bat mitzvah this weekend, adopted the senior program for her mitzvah project. Last summer, Leah supplied fresh produce to seniors that she grew. It was organic and delicious.
Leah has made supplying the seniors with healthy food her mission. At Purim, the seniors were treated to sugar free hamantaschen and unbelievably, Leah raised fresh chickens for Passover. Every senior that wanted one was given a clean, ready for the pot — feet and all — chicken.
The seniors were so excited and thank Leah for her time and generosity. Many thanks to Leah’s parents, Mary and Guy Gilstrap as well for their help with all Leah’s endeavors and for raising such an unbelievable daughter and human being. Mazel tov to Leah and her folks on her bat mitzvah this weekend.