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, 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"


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Soul Food: Save the Date for Interfaith Guitars.

In addition to fantastic food, our December 21st Elijah's Table will feature one or two songs by Etz Hayim Synagogue Rabbi Levy and Church of the Transfiguration Reverend Bonin.  So, please save the date.

And, in the meantime, if you are looking for a real Thanksgiving dinner ON Thanksigiving, please join us at the Church of the Transfiguration.   The Community Meals Network will be serving dinner there from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.  Please call (603) 432-2120 to ensure a seat.

See you soon!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Red Apples and Red Flannel. A Perfect New Hampshire day.

Although a bit chilly, it was a lovely New Hampshire weekend with trees in their full Fall bloom:  red, orange, yellow and, still, green.  To celebrate the season, we had the MOST DELICIOUS huge red apples,* freshly picked by one of the volunteers.  I've never tasted an apple so good.  And so, keeping with the Autumn-color theme, I will tell you about the gentleman in the red flannel.  He is a Korean war veteran and he had this to say to me:  "People say that Americans don't care, but you folks show that they do."  What a kind thing to say!   As for the woman in red, isn't she wonderful?  A lovely red blouse, a red thermos, and a red apple.  See you on Thanksgiving Day at the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration. 
[*BTW:  we didn't JUST have apples.  We also had eggplant parm; pasta with broccoli; salad; green beans; home-made pumpkin bread; and for dessert:  chocolate mouse cake and apple pie.]


Sunday, September 21, 2014

"Back to Old School"

Tonight's dinner was a "back to old school" meal, as it included some of America's favorite comfort foods:  mac and cheese, chocolate pudding with whipped cream, and pumpkin pie.  It's the sort of food you might have eaten and loved in grade school.  It's September, after all.  Some of our guests are actually in school and experiencing the thrill of returning to old friends after a long summer; crisp autumn air; and new books.  Some of us just have those great memories...and some of those memories include the warmth of mac and cheese and the sweetness of real chocolate pudding.   It was a wonderful night (and included door prizes, i.e., a gift card to Friendly's Ice Cream and tickets to a Boy Scout dinner).  Please join us in October for more good things.

"Yes, I remember chocolate pudding!" 

Mother and daughter.

He chose the pumpkin pie.

As did his wife.

Etz Hayim folk.

"Thumbs up" for a great dinner
(and this picture was taken BEFORE they won the tickets to the Boy Scout pasta dinner!)

Handsome couple.

Friendly guy.

Friendly guy and sweet daughter.

Flower girls.