The Roundup is your go-to source for top stories from the Jewish Community Voice. In this week's edition: "'Shine A Light' campaign aims to spotlight anti-Semitism;" "Teen sells dog treats to aid cancer patients;" and "Cream cheese shortage or not, NY bagel shops are still laying it on thick." For more, visit: https://www.jewishvoicesnj.org/.
From the Jewish Community Voice, I’m Ezra Solway. Welcome to The Roundup.
A new nationwide campaign addressing rising anti-Semitism officially began on Chanukah. Through community partnerships, educational programs, media, and workplace engagement, “Shine A Light” aims to educate people about the dangers of anti-Semitism. David Snyder, chief advancement & community relations officer for the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey, helped sponsor several local events to raise awareness. The JCRC facilitated a Chanukah Interfaith Brunch, teen training program, and a sufganiyot delivery event to local police departments. “This past Chanukah, we were immensely proud to be part of the national Shine A Light on anti-Semitism effort,” he said. “So that we can convey in no uncertain terms to our donors, members and partners that it is the responsibility of each of us to not only be aware of anti-Semitism—but to take action against it.”
Isabelle Berger has been baking dog treats and donating them to local animal shelters ever since she can remember. Then in early winter 2020, the Cherry Hill East High School freshman founded “Dog Treats For Chemo Care,” a grassroots charity organization that makes “chemo kits” for cancer patients. Each kit is stuffed with items such as coloring books, card games, candy, and a homemade card. Last year, they raised enough money to donate 50 kits, and this year they’re already on track to raise enough money to double, maybe triple their total number of kits. “There are weeks where I’m coming home from school every day and baking seven days a week.”
In other news:
Bagel lovers across New York City—and other places- were upset to learn of a spreading (pun intended) cream cheese shortage in the city. According to a New York times report, bagel purveyors are starting to feel the supply chain effects in a “sudden and surprising development that has left them scrambling to find and hoard as much cream cheese as they can.”
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