Our synagogue, Shearith Israel, held what they called ‘Mitzvah Madness’ today, an event which called on the entire congregation’s family and friends to give something back to the community. Activities included fixing up the synagogue’s women’s shelter, creating art for local hospitals, and ‘Goodies for Good Guys,’ delivering cookies to several area firehouses. With the bonus promise of letting the kids explore the fire engines and station, we opted for the cookie delivery detail. And let me tell you, Sam had a blast. Trains may just have been replaced by fire engines in Sam’s fascination hierarchy. After presenting the cookies, the fire fighters gave the kids the full experience: touring the building, sitting in the driver seat on one of the engines (plus blowing the air horn) and even guiding a hose as they sprayed a huge arc of water. Click here for the full gallery.