There’s no better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than by saying “Thank you!” This past Sunday, November 22, Rabbi Benny Berlin of the BACH Jewish Center in Long Beach took the opportunity to teach the children of the congregation about hakaras ha’tov by writing thank-you cards for local first-responders. Participants drafted a total of 100 cards to be delivered to the City of Long Beach Police Department, as well as the fire department and EMS dispatch center, located at Station 1, ahead of the holiday.
The cards contained heartwarming messages from kids of all ages: “Thank you for all that you do!” wrote one eight-year-old girl. “We love the firefighters,” wrote a seven-year-old, along with a drawing of a firetruck. The children personally delivered their thank-you letters to the local police precinct, received warmly by Sgt. Allan Alexandre, the desk sergeant on duty. The remaining cards for the fire department and EMS dispatch center were delivered on Monday, November 23, so that they can be read and enjoyed ahead of Thanksgiving.
“Thanksgiving is about reflecting on how lucky we are and what we have to be thankful for, and this year that message hits closer to home for many of us as we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Rabbi Benny Berlin. “The local first-responders of Long Beach are incredibly deserving of our gratitude for the sacrifices that they have made throughout this pandemic and beyond. Our children were very enthusiastic about the opportunity to share their appreciation with the first-responders who continue to keep our community safe.”
Founded in 1946, Bachurei Chemed – BACH Jewish Center is one of Long Island’s most prestigious and oldest synagogues. Members hail from Long Beach, Lido, Atlantic Beach, and Island Park.