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, July 17, 2017

"Give me a L, give me an E, give me a S, give me a H, give me an I, give me N: what does it spell? FABULOUS!"

Well, the Leshins did a fabulous job on Sunday assuming control over the synagogue's Elijah's Table.  Even without a caterer, they managed to put on a delicious meal of tuna, egg, pasta, and garden salads, fresh fruit, cheese, and cake.  Yum!

"Thumbs up" for a great meal!

The remarkable couple, the Leshins.

Give me a "V" for "Victorious" and "Volunteers."
We are so grateful for you!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

I am blessed.

It was an awesome evening.  After saying both the HaMotzi and Grace (the two lovely ladies in the top photo helped), we had pizza from Sal's, which they kindly provided to us at a huge discount (http://www.sals-pizza.com/locations/derry-nh), and three kinds of ice cream from Moo's, which they gave us for free (http://www.moosplace.com).  My grand-daughter (the gorgeous princess-looking person in the last picture) sang two songs (Colors of the Wind and When I Was Your Man), and got lots of applause.  Everyone got to watch me cry.  I am truly blessed.  


We said both the HaMatozi and Grace--and were honored by a special from-the-heart prayer
by the lovely woman in the striped shirt.

Rich helped serve the delicious pizza from Sal's.  We had salad, too.

Bill always wants to be next to the prettiest woman in the room
(my grand-daughter in red).


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Pizza Party this Sunday!!!

We're having a pizza and ice cream party at Etz Hayim this Sunday for our Elijah's Table.  Come join the fun!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Blue skies, pink shirts: Sunday May 21 at Elijah's Table.

It was another great day at Elijah's Table, as illustrated in the pictures below.  Please join us at the synagogue on June 25 (not our usual 3rd Sunday, because that will be Father's Day), when we will be serving pizza and ice cream from Moo's.  And enjoy a great Father's Day.  DCOFT's Elijah's Table will be held, as usual, on the second Sunday of the month.  


Pretty in Pink #1.
Pretty in Pink #2
More lovely ladies.
The girl with the ice cream.




Saturday, April 8, 2017

Have a Happy Easter, Everyone!

I hope you all have a Happy Easter - or a Good Passover.  Elijah's Table will be serving at the Church of the Transfiguration on Sunday, April  9.  There will be no Elijah's Table at Etz Hayim Synagogue on the 16th, because that will be Easter.  We at EHS will see you in May.  And check out the other free meals available in the area on the right-hand side of this page.

Enjoy the holidays!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

The value of a good "thank you."


Our lovely leader-for-the-day set a joyous and grateful tone for the evening by commenting on the beautiful weather,
noting that tomorrow is the first day of Spring, and
reciting the "Shehecheyanu" before the prayer for bread,
thanking G-d for "giving us life, sustaining us, and enabling us to reach this special day."  

This guy thanked us for a good meal,
and a bag of cookies to take home. 

I thanked these guys for having such great photogenic beards.

These ladies praised our leader-for-the-day for her wise comments and great voice.

And we all must give special thanks to our indispensible volunteers.


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Thanks for the kisses.

The unseasonably warm weather brought out a great big crowd and, thank goodness, because we had a TON of food:  eggplant parmesan, baked ziti, mac and cheese, broccoli, and and assortment of green beans (sesame green beans, green beans with baby tomatoes, and garlicy green beans), plus cake for dessert. And just in case all of that wasn't quite enough, we gave out chocolate kisses. Please join us in March.

Lots of people waved for kisses.

"I'll have as many kisses as you'll give me."
 
Thanks for the kisses.

They wore their Valentine's Day colors.

Even big, burly guys love a kiss.


Thursday, February 2, 2017

We're honored!

Today, Elijah's Table received a donation from the Exchange Club of Salem in support of our free meals program.  It was a huge honor for us to receive this donation, which will be shared by Etz Hayim Synagogue and the Derry Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration and used to support our joint meals program.  And we are honored every month when you choose to have dinner with us.  Remember: the church generally serves its Elijah's Table dinner on the second Sunday of the month, and the synagogue generally serves dinner on the third Sunday of the month.  Please regularly check the list of free meals, on the right-hand side of this page.

See you soon!

And many thanks to the Exchange Club. 


From left to right:  Maggie Mackie-Ciancio, Senior Warden of DCOFT's Vestry,
Dina Michael Chaitowitz, VP of  EHS's Board of Directors,
and Stephanie Daniels, Secretary, Salem, NH, Exchange Club.

Monday, January 23, 2017

A cup of kindness.




I love this picture, which my friends sent me from Elijah's Table while I was out of town, missing the January festivities.  They wanted to fool me into thinking that things were falling apart without me, but of course they weren't:  In addition to eggplant, they served lasagna and salad, and they held a sing-a-long to "Auld Lang Syne" and Harry Belafonte's "Day-O" song.  Sounds delicious AND fun.


Please join us next month, when we "take another cup of kindness."