Holiday meal helps to give back to Springfield community
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS) —
Over the past 15 years, Temple B'rith Sholom has had a tradition that not only gives back to the community but also gives back to the place of worship.
It’s a meal with a little more meaning.
"It started about 15 years ago, there was nothing but nothing open on Christmas morning," Rabbi Michael Datz said.
A chance for everyone from different backgrounds and religions to come together while united through food.
"We started the idea of doing this just for the Jewish community basically and then we thought we can actually do a lot more good and benefit with this if we cast the net a little further," Datz said.
Some have been coming to the breakfast as well as working with the temple for many years.
"Our church has been doing events with the temple for over 30 years and so now I get to share it with my grandchildren as well and my children," Alan Oretel, an attendee said.
Or they have been volunteering annually at it as a tradition.
"It gives us an opportunity to have something to do on a cold, Christmas morning and give back to the community at the same time," Becky Trieger, a volunteer said.
But the breakfast is seen as more than just a meal. Some see it as a way to help change lives throughout the Springfield community.
"Then [we] decided that all the proceeds would be donated to charity. So over the years, we've designated different charities each year. The last several years its largely been determined by smaller, local-type charities," Datz said.
While also giving them a chance to give back to a community they love.
"When people are very generous, you know, that's, that's just illuminating. It's amazing," Marlene Schultz, the breakfast organizer said.
The church does take a donation for the breakfast, but they don't turn anyone away who cannot give financially.
All their proceeds go to local charities, this year it is Springfield Urban League.
Those who make the breakfast happen see this as a chance to connect with more people than just those within their temple.