SHORT HILLS, NJ - Members of Congregation B’nai Jeshurun are able to get an early start for their annual donation of food items to the Interfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges.  As a partner organization of the Food Pantry, members of the congregation visit the pantry weekly to sort and distribute bags of food to those whose families depend on the Pantry.

During most years the Jewish Holy Days fall in September. This year they are in October.  A tradition at B’nai Jeshurun begins on Rosh Hashanah.  Families are given empty shopping bags to fill and bring back to the Temple by Yom Kippur, to the truck waiting to take their donations.  The full truck then journeys to the Pantry and is met by Temple volunteers to sort and stock the shelves with the thousands of pounds of canned goods and non-perishable items.

With the Holy Days falling in October this year, the teens of TBJ made it their project to ensure that the Pantry, which counts on this major donation, had food in September by announcing that they can change the world, one can at a time.

The goal of the High Holy Day Food Drive is to collect and donate 10,000 pounds of food for the Pantry.  For more information about this and other projects of Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, please contact Executive Director Alice Lutwak at