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'The warmest place in Winnipeg': Christians, Jews unite to feed those in need





Christians and Jews joined forces on Christmas Day to serve lunch to those in need.

The room at Crossways in Common was filled with warm laughter and chatter as people dug into their meat pies. More than 100 participants were also presented with gifts, consisting of necessities such as socks and toiletries.

“It may be the coldest day of the year,” said Alan Green, the senior rabbi from the Shaarey Zedek Congregation. “But I think (the room) is the warmest place in Winnipeg.”

The lunch event was a collaborative effort of two religions – Christianity and Judaism and featured elements from both. The Christmas tree adorned with colorful ornaments greeted people as they entered the Crossways in Common venue, with a dreidel (a Jewish top played during Hannukah) on a table just behind it. On another table near the middle of the room, a Menorah and five Advent candles were glowing.

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Christians and Jews joined forces on Christmas Day to serve lunch to those in need.

The room at Crossways in Common was filled with warm laughter and chatter as people dug into their meat pies. More than 100 participants were also presented with gifts, consisting of necessities such as socks and toiletries.

"It may be the coldest day of the year," said Alan Green, the senior rabbi from the Shaarey Zedek Congregation. "But I think (the room) is the warmest place in Winnipeg."

The lunch event was a collaborative effort of two religions – Christianity and Judaism and featured elements from both. The Christmas tree adorned with colorful ornaments greeted people as they entered the Crossways in Common venue, with a dreidel (a Jewish top played during Hannukah) on a table just behind it. On another table near the middle of the room, a Menorah and five Advent candles were glowing.

"It’s about celebrating love," said Lynda Trono, the Community Minister of the West Broadway Community Ministry. "Something both faiths believe in."

The two faith groups united to provide a free Christmas lunch, giving those who may otherwise not be able to celebrate the holidays a chance to get into the spirit of the season.

"There’s a lot of single homes in the neighborhood, a lot of people are isolated during Christmas time and lots of people here don’t have the money to celebrate this season," Trono said, adding this is why the event is important for the community.

"It’s heartwarming," Sarah Morry, a volunteer from the Shaarey Zedek congregation, said about helping those in need.

The event is a chance to give back to the community, she said.

Mandy Lynn Keeper was one of the people who came out for the lunch.

Bringing the community together makes her happy, she said. "It makes me feel like a family, a part of the neighbourhood."

Adam Emes agreed.

"It is cold (outside) but when you bring families and friends together, temperature doesn’t matter," he said.

Emes said he is grateful for the two groups for hosting the event.

"It’s good to have something like this for the community because people need it," he said.

Having volunteered at the event for six years now, Morry said the event has grown.

"It was a bigger turn out than last year," she said. "(More) than we expected."

nadiah.sakurai@freepress.mb.ca


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