This blog is posted by "Elijah's Table," a joint project of the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration (1 Hood Road, Derry, NH) and Etz Hayim Synagogue (1-1/2 Hood Road, Derry, NH), both located on Hood Road in Derry, NH. Twice a month we provide free, family-friendly dinners, which are served in a relaxed atmosphere. There are other organizations in the Derry, New Hampshire area that also offer free and delicious meals to the public. Please see the calendar on the right-hand side of this blog for a list of upcoming meals. And don't forget the offerings of the Sonshine Soup Kitchen (described on the left-hand side of this blog) and The Derry Salvation Army!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Real Food

Gustave Caillebotte, Fruit Displayed on a Stand, about 1881–82.

As much as I love this Impressionist painting of fruit (on display at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston), our food is better.  It's REAL and delicious.  Join us at Etz Hayim Synagogue on Sunday, March 23.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

"You folks are so nice!"

While bringing a couple some coffee, the woman said, "You folks are so nice here."  But tonight was a series of sweet acts by everyone.  From Orianna's home-made cupcakes to Karen's home-made heart-shaped cookies, to the guy who won the teddy bear prize and gave it to the young boy celebrating his birthday, to Frank handing out chocolate kisses and giving the stuffed elephant he won to one of our young volunteers. It's a blessing to participate in an event that inspires such moments of kindness.  I hope you'll join us next month.  Dinner at the Church of the Transfiguration will be on March 8; Dinner at Etz Hayim Synagogue will be on March 23.  See you then.

Orianna's Home-Made Cupcakes

Happy Birthday!

Frank Gives Kisses (Chocolate Ones, Of Course)

Have a Heart!  From Our Teen Volunteers

Sweet Helpers

Pink Ladies

Friday, February 14, 2014

A Poem For Valentine's Day.

Kisses are red,
Kisses are sweet,
Come to Elijah's Table on Sunday,
and have good things to eat!

Sunday, January 19, 2014


What's priceless? Tonight, one of our customers was overheard saying, "I didn't want to go outside tonight, but I felt I needed some fresh food, so I came." That is exactly what we strive for; that is, great fresh food that is worth a trip into the cold.  Tonight, in addition to lasagna, we had two different kinds of salad (garden and spinach with cranberries and sunflower seeds); a delicious fresh green bean dish with sesame seed dressing; fresh fruit salad; and pineapple upside-down cake, apple crisp, blueberry cake, and vanilla ice cream.  It was warm and toasty and we had a few cakes to give as prizes.  Please join us next time. We love having you for dinner!

Below are:  (1) a home-made "Welcome Back!" sign, made by our pre-teen and teen volunteers to welcome back our guests after our two-month hiatus; (2) a happy customer with Frank, a faithful friend; and (3) two pictures of a few special friends from the Episcopal Church who came to help us clean up tonight.  Which of the two do you prefer?  Email me by clicking on the envelope at the bottom of this post.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

"Auld Lang Syne" in Derry, New Hamsphire

Should old acquaintances be forgot? Never! We really missed you last month (our dinner was cancelled due to snow) and can't wait to see you at our January dinner(s): January 12 at the Church of the Transfiguration and January 19 at Etz Hayim Synagogue. In the meantime, have a Happy New Year, and please check out the meals being offered by other organizations (see the calendar on the right-hand side of the page) and Sonshine Soup Kitchen. Here is one of my favorite (and recent) versions of "Auld Lang Syne":

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Stay safe and warm.

Breakfast at the Church of the Transfiguration and dinner at Etz Hayim have been cancelled due to snow.  We are so sorry, and we will miss you all!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Good Tidings to You!

Dinner at the Church of the Transfiguration this past Sunday was amazing:  ham, chicken, roasted potatoes, scalloped potatoes, salad, fruit, cakes and cookies BUT EVEN BETTER:  the caroling.  Sweet and warm.  Here is a snippet.