BRADENTON — Members of Congregation Ner Tamid served the Easter meal to about 225 homeless men and women and others down on their luck at Our Daily Bread Sunday.
“For six years we have served Christmas dinner, so this year we offered to also serve the Easter meal,” said congregation member Elaine Mittler.
With members of the Jewish congregation helping out, the soup kitchen’s Christian volunteers could take the day off to observe the Easter holiday with their families.
“Mitzvah is the Hebrew word for ‘commandment’ and it has also come to mean ‘good deed,” Rabbi Barbara Aiello said by email.
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Congregation members stayed busy filling trays with ham, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, macaroni and cheese, biscuits, fruit salad and large slices of pie.
The clients lined up outside Our Daily Bread well before the soup kitchen, located at 17th Avenue West near McKechnie Field, opened Sunday.
“They were very grateful and respectful,” Mittler said.
Congregation members who helped with the serving included Marvin and Marcia Shepard, Vajra Morano, Terry Simpson, Rhonda Mittler, Elaine Mittler and Murray Rudnik.James A. Jones Jr., East Manatee editor, can be contacted at 745-7021.