Food bank director to speak at synagogue

As part of the 1,000 Shabbats Celebrations, Temple Etz Chaim and the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles will host Fred Summers, program director for SOVA Community Food and Resource Program, during the regular Friday service at 7:30 p.m. Fri., Nov. 14 in the main sanctuary, 1080 Janss Road, Thousand Oaks.

Summers will speak on “Being Thankful” and the benefits of helping the community.

In the spirit of the Thanksgiving season, attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to contribute to the SOVA Food Pantry.

An Oneg Shabbat of pastries and coffee will follow the service. The community is welcomed to attend this free event.

JFS/SOVA is a nonsectarian program of Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles that alleviates hunger and poverty in the community through food distribution and supportive services.

An alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania, Summers moved to Los Angeles in 1978 and began a business career.

In 2006 he applied his operational expertise in support of the SOVA Community Food and Resource Program where he now serves as program director. During his tenure, the program has more than tripled in size and has added a numerous supplemental services.

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