High Holiday Drive 2021

This is a season of personal reflection and improvement but it is also an opportunity to put our values into action.  While we experience the High Holidays from the comfort of our own homes, there are thousands around Los Angeles yearning for protection and sustenance.  We are a sizable community with the power to affect change and let’s start the Jewish New Year by turning some of our attention and care to those in need.  

As we learn from the prophet Isaiah in the Haftorah portion for Yom Kippur morning, “This is the fast I desire: To unlock the fetters of wickedness, and untie the cords of the yoke.  To let the oppressed go free; to break off every yoke.  It is to share your bread with the hungry, and to take the wretched poor into your home; When you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to ignore your own kin. Then shall your light burst through like the dawn and your healing spring up quickly..."

We have two goals during this High Holiday Drive:

  1. To collect 5,400 bags of white rice and/or boxes of pasta.  These will be given to families who visit our Karsh food pantry each week and is equivalent to each WBT household donating 2 items.  

  2. We also need 1,800 hygiene kits.  We will distribute these at the Karsh Center and with our friends at The People Concern to those who are unhoused, bringing some physical relief and health to our most vulnerable neighbors.

Together, let our light shine bright and let us serve as a beacon of hope in Los Angeles.

Shana Tova,

Rabbi Joel Nickerson, Elizabeth Green (Karsh Center Director of Volunteer Engagement), and the WBT/Karsh Volunteer Committee

Details on How You Can Make a Difference

We’d love to see you in action!

While we can't be together in person this year, we’d love to feel as though we’re all connected.  Please record a short video of yourself and anyone else who is helping you to make hygiene kits or collect rice/pasta.  Tell us what you’re doing and why you decided to participate in this important mitzvah.  We’d love to be able to share these inspirational moments with others in our community!  You can share your short video with us here!


Questions? Contact Elizabeth Greene.