Before she died of sarcoma 13 years ago, Barnard College student Mandy Reichman was a strong social activist who set up a feeding program for poor and hungry people in Union County at her synagogue, Temple Emanu-El, in her hometown of Westfield.
In her memory, her parents, Barry and Meryl Reichman, and her brother, Jeffrey, have kept the program alive.
Every Tuesday, volunteers come together for two hours in the temple’s kitchen to make and wrap sandwiches, with meat donated by local vendors and congregants supplying bread free of charge.
Then, every Wednesday, these “Bags of Love” are taken to a nearby church for distribution in its soup kitchen.
Because it is the 13th year of the program, volunteers are planning to salute it with a fund-raising dinner at Temple Emanu-El on Sunday, Nov. 15, 4-7 p.m. The cost is $180 per family. To attend, call 908-803-0748.