To Christians, Christmas is one of their most sacred holidays. It is a day of worship, goodwill, and celebration. Businesses close for the day and employees spend the holiday with their loved ones. In hospitals, nursing homes, police stations, and fire stations throughout the country, however, employees must report to work.
The business of caring for the sick and injured and responding to victims of unfortunate situations is a daily task, with no regard for a holiday schedule.
While the Jewish community does not celebrate Christmas, many Jews have this holiday off from work. Since 1980, the Pinch Hitter Program has been a wonderful opportunity for Jewish Atlanta to give back to the larger community. The Pinch Hitter Program is an annual community service project where volunteers from the Atlanta Jewish community “go to bat” for non-medical healthcare workers on Christmas Day.
In the spirit of the season, B’nai B’rith members and the Jewish community at large replace Christian workers in hospitals, assisted living facilities and nursing homes, allowing them to spend the day with their families. Employees from these facilities benefit from this gesture of goodwill. The program is organized by Achim/Gate City Lodge and the B’nai B’rith Center for Community Action.
On Sunday, Christmas Day, 2022, the program served eight hospitals, assisted living facilities and nursing homes: Berman Commons, Dunwoody Place, Historic Roswell Place, Solana of East Cobb, William Breman Jewish Home, The Cohen Home, Somerby of Sandy Springs, and the Veterans Administration Medical Center. More than 150 volunteers served those eight locations.
Program organizers are grateful for the support of the continuing sponsors: Publix Super Markets Charities; Capital Investment Advisors; Siegel Insurance and Auto-Owners Insurance; Carr, Riggs and Ingram LLP; Kessler and Solomiany LLC; Coldwell Banker-Debbie Sonenshine; Loventhal Insurance Group; Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care; Toco Instant Printing; and Co-Create a Website.
While the program has gained some local publicity from local newspapers and television stations, the program has also gained some national attention. The Pinch Hitter Program was awarded the 335th Presidential Point of Light Service Award by President George H.W. Bush in 1990. Additionally, the program was featured in a December 1998 issue of Family Circle magazine.
For additional information, please contact Harry Lutz by phone at (678) 485-8179 or by email at email@example.com.
We Would Like to Thank the Volunteers