A whirlwind effort by many Park members and friends that began in early December to help resettle a refugee family from Afghanistan has come to a wonderful end! With great appreciation to our hard-working team of volunteers headed up by Resettlement Co-chairs Diane & Jared Schnall, and with big thanks to the large number of people who donated furniture, household items, and money, Park was able to furnish and set-up a whole house for “our” family! The house is located in the Old Brooklyn area on the west side, not too far from the Zoo. Park’s family consists of a mother, father and 3 young adult daughters, who were assigned to Park by US Together, the refugee resettlement organization with which we are working. We are anxious to meet the family and help them become acclimated to the Cleveland area. We know that they will feel the good wishes radiating from the wonderful donations the Park family made to assist them in resettling in a free society. Thank you again to everyone who helped in some way with this important humanitarian project! See photos below and online taken during the project.
The Fall Foliage Hike
Sunday, October 10
Twenty-four adventuresome people enjoyed the Gesher Fall Foliage Hike on Sunday, October 10 at West Woods Metropark in Russell Township. Thanks to Robin Leichtman for leading the hike, which was followed by a picnic lunch. Fun for all on a beautiful fall day!
The Discovery Hike
Wednesday, July 21
A wonderful group of Women’s Rosh Chodesh Group women had a great hike this week at the West Woods Metropark in South Russell. Our naturalist taught us a wide variety of nature facts during the hike,
and Valerie Levinsohn even got friendly with a beautiful snake that lives at the West Woods Nature Center.
Sunday, May 23
Park’s Mitzvah Day 2021, held on May 23, was a big success thanks to the caring Park community who came out in force to support the day! The four in-person projects were filled with volunteers of all ages. They assembled Journey Bags for Fostering Hope, did a big clean-up at the Fir St. Cemetery, filled and sewed shut 60 heart pillows for cancer & cardiac patients, and delivered 29 cookie trays to police and fire departments in 12 different communities to thank them for keeping all of us safe. We appreciate everyone who dropped off donations at the Wain Pavilion, whether it was a monetary one, a donation of items for our collection projects, or delicious homemade cookies for our first responders. We collected over $1000 that will be divided up and given to various organizations that work with people in need. The collection projects were very successful with lots of wonderful donations of craft kits for young patients, personal care kits for VA Hospital patients, books for children of all ages, items for animals at Rescue Village, craft items for residents of Eliza Bryant Village, baby items for Providence House, and beautiful notes and cards for our members and others in nursing homes, and more!. A big thank you goes to the Mitzvah Day Planning Committee for all their efforts in putting the day together and helping it run smoothly. But most of all, thank you, Park Synagogue members, for caring and for helping us reach out to people in need in our community!