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    By: Eric Gross

    Rabbi Eytan Hammerman, spiritual leader of Temple Beth Shalom in Mahopac called it a “mitzvah” when turning 200 gently used coats over to State Senator Greg Ball last Friday, garments that will be used by veterans hospitalized at Castle Point and the FDR Veterans Hospital in Montrose.

    Last Friday, with the assistance of local Boy Scouts, the coats were removed from a storage room at the synagogue and were placed in the rear of an SUV for delivery to the needy.

    Rabbi Hammerman called the coat drive a “great opportunity for people in hardship. The Bible tells us to ‘clothe the needy.’ An opportunity arose to find garments that were not being used and we were delighted to find a vehicle in the senator to assist those in need.”

    Senator Ball called it unfortunate that “brave men and women who admirably served our country were so needy. Yet, thanks to the generosity of the congregation here at Temple Beth Shalom, these vets in need of a warm coat will now be receiving one.”

    Ball said the “beautiful coats will save the day.” (ARTICLE)