Members of Broomall Synagogue Knit Hats for Israeli Soldiers


Members of the Congregation Beth El-Ner Tamid in Broomall are lending their time and talent to the worldwide project Hats for Israeli Soldiers. From left: Elizabeth Mellman, Elisabeth Wolfe, and Audrey Pollin. Image via the Jewish Exponent.

The Sisterhood of a synagogue in Broomall gathers every other Thursday to participate in the worldwide knitting project, Hats for Israeli Soldiers, writes Andy Gotlieb for the Jewish Exponent.

Through this, the knitters at Congregation Beth El-Ner Tamid help to ensure that the soldiers are kept warm all year, especially during the colder winter months. According to Sisterhood president Marilyn Bamash, CBENT members have knitted more than 175 hats since the project began in July last year.

The hats are black ski caps made in one stretchable size. But while the design is relatively simple, they can be time-consuming.

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“The hats can take a varying amount of time to complete,” said Bamash, adding that it often depends on the participant’s experience level. “I can do one in about 10 hours.”

After the hats are completed, they are shipped to Israel, along with a note that wishes the recipient warmth and safety.

Around 35 women, some as young as 22, have already participated in the project, with a typical knitting session usually having between 15 and 20 participants.

“Everyone pitches in and helps everyone else,” said Bamash. “It has nothing to do with age. We have some older people who wanted to learn how to knit.”

Read more about the project in the Jewish Exponent by clicking here.

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