BY AMANDA MOSES
Thanksgiving is commonly known as a family holiday; a time where people get together with their loved ones over a delicious meal. JASA Starrett Senior Center considers itself a home away from home for seniors, so on November 21st they hosted their annual Thanksgiving lunch. JASA Director, Anjelika Blyakher, believes that there is no better way to kickoff this wonderful holiday than breaking bread with their friends.
Blyakher explained that this much anticipated event was created for the seniors to enjoy the company of their friends while dinning on a delicious kosher meal. Her mission this holiday season was to inspire a festive spirit amongst members by decorating their cafeteria with gigantic maple leaves, bright flowers and table cloths. With the help of volunteers she was able to transform the cafeteria into an autumn extravaganza.
The celebration was jam-packed with members who were laughing and trying their luck at the turkey raffle (which was donated by Council member Inez Barron and Senator Roxanne Persaud), making this Thanksgiving lunch a joyous affair—a Friendsgiving.
Like one big family, the seniors gathered in the cafeteria where they took turns picking up their kosher Thanksgiving meals, which consisted of large turkey legs, string beans, stuffing, sweet potato and gravy.
Photos by Amanda Moses