Johns Hopkins Gazette: September 23, 1996

On Campus: PB Jam
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To Yom Kippur

The Jewish High Holy Day of Yom Kippur is a day of atonement. For Jews around the world, it is a solemn day spent fasting in the synagogue in prayer, asking forgiveness from God for their transgressions against both God and their fellow man.

It is custom that before one enters the temple on Yom Kippur, Jewish men and women must free the oppressed, share their bread with the hungry and not ignore their own family.

To that end, the Hopkins Jewish student groups, in cooperation with the Interfaith Council, sponsored PB Jam, a one-day group kitchen party on the Homewood campusat which more than 150 students helped make more than 800 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Their effort, combined with PB Jams at UMBC, Goucher College and Towson State University, produced nearly 2,000 sandwiches, all of which were donated to Baltimore homeless shelters.

"The student organizers believe these days immediately preceding Yom Kippur, are an important time to experience the ancient--and very relevant--Jewish message of reconciliation between man and God," said Jewish College Services' Beth Gansky. "By volunteering to share in this activity, we demonstrate our compassion for mankind. And as students from diverse backgrounds, we come together as one."

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