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‘Labor of love’: Kesher Israel Congregation feeds first responders on Thanksgiving

Ever since 9/11 members of the Kesher Israel Congregation members provide Harrisburg’s first responders with a full meal on Thanksgiving Day, with all the trimmings.

“When everybody else is running away these guys are running right into it and we need to show our thanks,” Ann Roseberg said to tables full of hungry Harrisburg firefighters. “And thank you for the opportunity to show you thanks. We should do this more often than once a year,” she added. “This is a labor of love.”

What started in 2001 on the first Thanksgiving after the Sept. 11th attacks has continued for 22 years now, even through the COVID-19 pandemic when Kesher Isreal provided boxed meals for local firefighters, and even expanded to include EMT’s and other first responders.

Members of Kesher Israel Congregation cook full turkey dinners the night before then bring the hot meals to Fire Station #1 on North Sixth St. in Harrisburg where on-duty personnel gathers for the meal.

“And if we haven’t managed to fill that plate full enough,” Ann Rosenberg added, “There’s more of everything. And, there’s dessert!”

On a personal note volunteer Geoffrey Rosenberg, Vice President of Progressive Amusements, a 45-year-old Harrisburg skills games, jukebox, dart and arcade equipment business, thanked firefighters for a fire they fought just last week.

“I owe everybody at these three tables a big ‘thank you,’” Geoffrey Rosenberg said. “This past Monday there was a fire at 16th and Walnut in a garage and attached to that garage is a convenience store and inside that store were arcade games I operate with my uncle. And because of you that convenience store is still open, the apartments upstairs [and people in them] are safe, and nobody was hurt.”

“From the bottom of my heart, ‘thank you,’” Rosenberg added.

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