Lasagna Life Lessons
Getting your soup-er hero on
By Elana Zabar of Swampscott
Just in time for Thanksgiving, NSTI held its sixth Soup-er Sunday. Nearly 70 teens gathered at the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore to participate in this annual event. As a community, we made 24 family-sized lasagnas, 26 apple pies, and 15 gallons of soup for the Lynn Emergency Shelter.
Before the cooking started, volunteers congregated with Adam Smith, North Shore Teen Initiative’s Executive Director, and he explained how this event related to our Jewish faith. Teenagers took turns reading passages from Jewish texts and quotes from famous philosophers about charitable actions.
As an active participant in service events, I signed up to help with Soup-er Sunday. Typically, at soup kitchens, we pray to Jesus and thank him for the food we are about to feed people. I have stood in the circle, yet I have never participated in the prayer. This was the first time I was able to connect my faith to something I love to do, and it felt incredible; most definitely an experience I would never trade.
I very much enjoyed working with people around my age, making me feel as an equal, not the typical inferior being. Cooking has never been a talent of mine, so you could say that I may have been a tad skeptical about being a part of this activity. I got to work with people who knew a lot more than I did and I really appreciated that. I was convinced I was going to ruin the entire dish; it was quite the challenge. Yet, I learned how to whip a lasagna together in under ten minutes, not something most people can say!
The event was a huge success for everyone: the teenagers, the adults and the shelter. A huge thank you to North Shore Teen Initiative for organizing an event as awesome as this one, I look forward to many more!
Elana was a Soup-er Sunday 2015 participant.