Ida Cohen, who belonged to the Sisterhood of Beth David Synagogue, a group devoted to visiting and helping the sick members of her congregation, was out making her rounds visiting home-bound patients when she ran out of gas. As luck would have it, a gas station was less than a block away.

She walked to the station to borrow a gas can and buy some gas. The attendant told her the only gas can he owned had been loaned out but she could wait until it was returned.

Since Ida was on the way to see another patient, and was behind schedule, she decided not to wait and walked back to her car. She looked for a container in the trunk that she could fill with gas and there it was…she spotted a bedpan that she always had handy for needy patients.

Always resourceful, she carried the bedpan back to the station, filled it with gas and lugged the full bedpan, (which was decorated with decals of the Star of David), back to her out-of-gas car.

As she was pouring the gas into her tank, two men watched from across the street. One of them turned to the other and said:

“If it starts, I’m converting to Judaism!”

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