The Smithfield Fire Department got a treat last week when the children of the Cairns Jewish community baked and delivered honey cakes ahead of the High Holy Days.
The children made the cakes together at the Chabad North Queensland Sunday kids program, and delivered them to show support for their local Fire Station.
“It is our pleasure to thank the firefighters for their service because they put their lives on the line for us,” said Rabbi Ari Rubin of Chabad North Queensland.
“They serve our community with total dedication and caring. We wanted to show appreciation to the Fire Brigade who help us all be inscribed in the ‘Book of Life’.”
Elia Adler, one of the children who participated in the event, said: “We always get yummy sweet honey cake just before Yom Kippur. It represents our prayerful wishes for a sweet new year. We worked so hard making the cakes and we wanted to give them to the firemen and women who work so hard helping us.”
Chabad of North Queensland offers unique services for the High Holy Days, where the children have special programs. This year Mushkie Rubin addressed current issues in the world by merging ancient texts and fun activities and teaching the Jewish law of Ahavat Yisrael, or love of our fellow people.
“I make sure the children understand how important the Fire Brigade are to our city,” said Rubin. “I want them to know that nothing in this world should be taken for granted.”