Community You Can Believe In

Jessie's Garden


Beth El is proud to be one of the founding partners in this network of community gardens established by the Kostin family, longtime Beth El members, in memory of their daughter Jessica. Each spring and summer, our team of gardeners plants and tends lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, horseradish and other vegetables which are donated to food banks serving the hungry throughout Greater Hartford. Come Passover time, another team – which includes students from our school – cooks up and sells the horseradish sauce (maror/chrein), with proceeds going to buy seeds for the next year’s plantings.
 
 
We are looking for volunteers (individuals, couples and families are all welcome – kids, too!) to help with all aspects of tending the garden and delivering the crops when ready. You can volunteer on a schedule that works for you. No experience is needed to enjoy this wonderful project and perform an important mitzvah.  The Beth El office can put you in touch with our volunteer team captains. Just call 860-233-9696.