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!

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."

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Santa came early, thanks to seven present and former members of the Pinkerton Academy Chorale.

Seven present and former members of Pinkerton Academy Chorale serenaded us between the main course (eggplant, cheesy broccoli, stir-fried veggies, mashed potatoes, and various cheeses) and dessert (cake).  And they were fantastic.   Thank you, fabulous singers, for bringing the holiday right to, and inside, our front door. 

Here they are, along with folks wearing their holiday sweaters.

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Green holiday sweater with kitty cat.

Green "Joy" sweater.

Red-sweatered ladies.

And the boy who won the cuddly snuffed puppy (free) "door prize."

Saturday, December 17, 2016

We're opened and we're waiting for you with a winter wonderland!

Hey folks.  Elijah's Table is opened tomorrow and serving a hot delicious meal.  AND:  We have special surprises and treats in store.  One of our teen volunteers, aided by her volunteer sister, created a winter wonderland for each table.  And we are having music, a wonderful group of singers from Pinkerton Academy.  I am so very excited about this year's Christmaskah (or Chanukmas) meal.  Please, please, please join us.  The weather may be frightful, but our Elijah's Table community dinner will definitely be delightful!  

Can you believe how cute these Christmas kiss trees are?

This adorable snowman is wearing earmuffs! 

The giving artist and her giving sister.