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Letter: It’s sad to see the demise of temple’s rummage sale

It’s sad to see the demise of temple’s rummage sale

It was sad to read in The News of the discontinuation of the annual rummage sale at Temple Beth Tzedek. It was not just a sale, it was an annual communitywide event that so many looked forward to. It brought together people of all backgrounds and religions. Bringing together everyone for not just one good cause but many. I am involved heavily in many charities. Each year I would go and look forward to seeing both the workers and the patrons in the welcoming and fun atmosphere.

Wonderful items could be purchased for unreal prices. On bag day I would purchase towels and sheets for dog rescue, bags of snowsuits, coats and winter gear for the needy, dress clothes for the newly employed or hopeful interviews, and toys for the underprivileged. You could also find wonderful things for yourself and family.

The sale was a huge act of kindness in itself. We rarely think about the tremendous work behind the scenes. The News article featured three particularly dedicated women. As with most things, “it takes a village” and so there were many helpers, but Carolyn Kershanbaum gave 40 years of her life as leader of the pack, and Linda Steinhorn for 15 years and Shirley Magil for 38 years were right bedside her. Their dedication is a life lesson in itself. They made it all so interesting, fun and purposeful. Volunteers are hard to come by these days; they are to be cherished for their selflessness.

So many will miss the heart and soul and the sale. I will miss the temple being my neighbor, offering many community events and learning opportunities. I wish them the very best in their new home.

Laura Wright


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