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Mitzvah Day 2023 Recap

Mitzvah Day and the Soup Contest 2023 were a huge success. We had over 25 projects and 520 people registered. We had 12 Soup Contest Chefs. We also raised over $4,000 for The Green Haven Project, an urban garden and educational center in Miami. See the April HaKol for a list of the many Mitzvah Day project captains.

Many thanks to our amazing Mitzvah Day Co-Chairs, Ashley Weissman and Jillian Barnett, and our Soup Contest Co-Chairs, Karen Sepsenwol, Dana Grodin and Robin Rosenbaum. Todah rabah, a big thanks, to each of you. Special thanks to our Social Justice Network co-chairs, Rachel Unger and Andrea Wagner for their guidance. Thanks also to Chaim Lieberperson, Marte Singerman and Vanessa Ressler for making the opening ceremony so special. 

We are pleased to announce that next year’s mitzvah day Co-Chairs will be Ashley Weissman and Caryn Pardo. Save the date for February 4, 2024.


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First place – Stephen and Beverly Unger with their Mango Gazpacho  

Second place – Carolyn Heiss with her Butternut Squash and Apple Soup 

Third place – Suzette Abramson with her Baba’s Borchst 

People’s Choice Winner – 4th and 5th Grade Learners of the Innovative School with their Golden Sun’s Red Lentil Soup


Joanne and Daniel Aronson 

Carolyn West and Evan Marks 


Jaleh and Jeff Bast & Family 

Vanessa and Gary Ressler 

Andrea Wagner and Seth Alhadeff 


Jeff and Lili Agron 

Craig and Betty Berko, in Memory of Samuel Borsky, Marilyn & Leonard Berko 

Rabbi Gayle Pomerantz and Adam Snitzer 

Cantor Lisa and Jim Segal 

Stephanie Rosen 

Rachel Unger and Family 

Carrie Wiesenfeld and Family  

Temple Beth Sholom Staff 

Stephen and Beverly Unger 

Bobbi Ossip 

Robin Rosenbaum 

Suzette Abramson 


Al Levy, Levy Advertising 

Michael Meltzer 

Thanks to our Soup Contest MCs: Gary Ressler and Rob Newman 

Thanks to our Soup Contest Judges: Cantor Lisa Segal, Michael Meltzer and Stephen Sawitz 

Of course, thanks to our Soup Contest Chefs and their delicious soups: 

Andrea Wagner – Creamy Deliciousness in My Belly (Thai Curry Soup)   

Margie Zeskind - Green Curry Lentil Soup   

Angie Berezin - Roasted Tomato Soup   

Carolyn Heiss – Butternut Squash and Apple Soup  

Rachel M. Unger - Green Haven Project’s Kale and Tuscan White Bean Soup   

The 4th and 5th grade Learners of The Innovative School – Golden Sun’s Red Lentil Soup

Howard Grodin - Manischewitz Onion Soup   

Team Ressler - Spicy Sesame Carrot Soup with Red Lentils   

Robin Rosenbaum 

Stephen Unger - Mango Gazpacho

Download the Soup Contest Recipes