Members of the UJA-Federation of New York set a Guinness World Record on April 29 for assembling the greatest number of sandwiches for the needy in one hour.
The mitzvah-slathered soiree took place at Temple Beth Sholom in Roslyn Heights and involved 100 volunteers from the local Jewish community, 3,320 slices of bread, and gobs of soy butter (to ensure that it would not cause food allergies) and jam. It was scheduled to coincide with the UJA’s annual Mitzvah Day.
After officially recording the event for its Guinness World Record certification, participants donated the sandwiches – with cards and decorations affixed – to the Queens Jewish Community Council in Forest Hills and to Long Island’s Interfaith Nutrition Network in Hempstead.
The project was a “frenzy of good will”, according to co-chair of the UJA-Federation Guinness World Record Amy Mandell.
The record-breaking project was just part of greater Mitzvah Day celebrations, which included volunteering for a local kosher food charity, outdoor clean-ups, nursing home visits, a blood drive, and activities for children such as art projects.
About the Author: Malkah Fleisher is a graduate of Cardozo Law School in New York City. She is an editor/staff writer at JewishPress.com and co-hosts a weekly Israeli FM radio show. Malkah lives with her husband and two children on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.
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