This blog is posted by "Elijah's Table," a joint project of the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration (1 Hood Road, Derry, NH) and Etz Hayim Synagogue (1-1/2 Hood Road, Derry, NH), both located on Hood Road in Derry, NH. Twice a month we provide free, family-friendly dinners, which are served in a relaxed atmosphere. There are other organizations in the Derry, New Hampshire area that also offer free and delicious meals to the public. Please see the calendar on the right-hand side of this blog for a list of upcoming meals. And don't forget the offerings of the Sonshine Soup Kitchen (described on the left-hand side of this blog) and The Derry Salvation Army!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

ET rules!

It's Spring!!!  We've moved to a summer menu (noodle kugel, egg salad, salad, fruit), which people are crazy about.  (Our chef must put something addictive in the kugel!)  It was warm and bright outside, all traces of our brutal winter gone.  And warm and friendly inside.  So it was fitting that we had tons of sweets to give away to our sweet guests.  Please join us next time.  After all, "ET rules!"

Dad and daughter with chocolate chip cookie "door prize."

Two volunteers.  One of these guys is "Frank."

Two volunteers.  Can you find Frank in this photo?

Lovely ladies, with lemon truffle "door prize."

Sweet music.
ET rules!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Spring has sprung, and so have our guests!

Sixty degrees outside and we had a full house. Eggplant, tuna casserole, salad, cheesy broccoli, fresh green beans, assorted breads and cakes.   Piano music and door prizes (that is, free cakes).  Let's do it all over in May, okay?  See you then.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Vegetable Stall

The Vegetable Stall, by William York MacGregor (1884), in National Gallery, Edinburgh.

Hope to see you at Elijah's Table:  on the 12th at The Church of the Transfiguration or on the 19th at Etz Hayim Synagaogue.  There will be good food and great fun. 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Our own kind of "March madness"

Hannaford is my new  favorite store.  The folks there donated a TON of bread and desserts to our community dinner and, after dinner, we had great fun giving away what we couldn't eat.  Thank you so much, Hannaford, for giving so much to the community!   

But, FYI, we didn't  JUST have cake.  We also had a fantastic meal, with wonderful fresh veggies and fresh fruit.

Some scenes from our own form of March madness follow.  Please join us in April.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Warm smiles.

I never know what to expect when it's cold and rainy: will the weather cause people to stay indoors, or brave the cold for the warmth of company and a home-cooked meal? I shouldn't worry because as one of our wise volunteers said tonight, "If even one person comes, it's wonderful."  We had more than one guest; we had a small crowd of people and these people have become our friends. 
Volunteers came out in full force.
A whole family of volunteers.
Lavender smiles.

Raspberry smiles.
Raspberry triangle cookies.
A wonderful volunteer (in red jacket) drove
these intrepid guests home.


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Rocking Around the Etz Hayim Tree, It's a Happy Holiday!

It was a great holiday dinner at Etz Hayim Synagogue, with Rabbi Levy and Amy Dattner-Levy singing Christmas carols, accompanied by a lively crowd.  Folks told us they had a great time and we did too.  Dinner was also terrific:  eggplant parm, scalloped potatoes, pumpkin and banana bread, chocolate cake and apple pie, and THE MOST ADORABLE gingerbread cookies lovingly made by two of our teens, Kayla and Eliana.  Please join us soon!


We lit the Chanukah menorah.

There was plenty of good food from which to choose.

There's Barry, a key volunteer, and our Rabbi (in cap), being helped to some delicious eggplant by volunteer Lenny.

Everyone's happy.

And smiling.

The man in the picture got to take home a whole apple pie,
so he is VERY happy.

She got a terrific new hair cut.

And here are some new friends.

We sang Christmas carols before saying goodbye for the night. 
Click below for a snippet of "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer"