Ohel Children’s and Family Services is proud to honor generous community partner Abraham Banda and his Pomegranate supermarket at Ohel’s 45th Annual Gala. Abe’s heart is as large as his spacious, ultra-modern supermarket—an impressive 18,000 square feet of the freshest and finest kosher food. Abe is a model of chesed and tzedakah. His contributions to our community, and to Ohel, will be celebrated at Ohel’s Annual Gala on Sunday, November 23, at the Marriott Marquis in Manhattan.
Abe is the recipient of Ohel’s 2014 Community Partner Award. Ohel is proud to recognize Abe’s exemplary commitment to “creating something better for a community that deserves more.” Pomegranate partners with Ohel to sponsor SibShops, a program of companionship, recreation, and support for the brothers and sisters of people with developmental disabilities. Pomegranate chefs volunteer their time to offer program participants creative experiences of kosher culinary instruction, among SibShops’ most popular activities. Abe and Pomegranate are proud to be Ohel’s food vendor for residences in Brooklyn, Long Island, and the Lower East Side, and providing the best food and service to Ohel individuals is paramount to Abe and his staff.
The supermarket also employs many Ohel clients with developmental disabilities, including residents of Ohel Bais Ezra residential facilities, who are valued members of the Pomegranate team. “I am dedicated to including people with disabilities in our community. They are valuable employees and add value to my team,” says Abe. He recognizes the importance of integrating people with disabilities in the life of our community and is dedicated to lessening the stigma associated with disability.
A generous and compassionate philanthropist, Abe Banda is certainly worthy of the Community Partner Award. “We stay actively involved in causes that make the world a better, brighter place to be,” he says. Ohel and Pomegranate are ideal partners, providing products and service our community can trust and believe in.
Ohel is proud to also honor Miriam Lubling, a’h, Ohel’s Angel of Mercy and longtime dedicated board member whose life accomplishments will be celebrated at this year’s gala. And Rabbi Philip Goldberg, chaplain at Willowbrook, will receive the Pioneer Award, a tribute to his advocacy and concern for individuals with disabilities.
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