By Vikki Dunn
Congregation Keneseth Israel
Back again – bigger and better than ever! The annual Keneseth Israel Flea Market was once again a rousing success. The Flea Market, KI Sisterhood’s largest fund¬raiser of the year, has been held for over 30 years. KI congregants bring in all sorts of items ranging from clothing and jewelry to children’s toys and sporting equipment. This year, there were a number of larger items that found good homes, including a trundle bed, an elliptical machine, bureaus and bookshelves.
Iris Epstein and Michele Salomon, co-chairs of the Flea Market, noted that the event has a number of benefits in addition to the funds it raises. They said that friendships develop between women as they sort clothing, organize, man the check out desk or clean up, and this ties people even closer to Sisterhood. Through the years, it has been a great way for newcomers to the congregation to become part of Sisterhood by volunteering for a shift or two.
Additionally, congregants appreciate having a place to donate their gently used goods, and many community members who come year after year like having access to very reasonably priced, high-quality merchandise.
This year, higher-end women’s and men’s clothing that was not sold has been donated to The Perfect Fit and The First Impression, organizations that help lower income people entering the workforce get the required clothing for job interviews and new careers. Winter coats will be distributed to high school students in Allentown. Shoes were donated to the Temple Beth El shoe drive and books to the AAUW book sale.
Sisterhood is very proud to sponsor a fundraiser that has the added benefit of Tikkun Olam right here in our community.