March 2015 — Adar-Nisan 5775, Volume 21, Issue 3
“Project Ezra” Food Drive Brings Pesach to Elderly and Homebound
Westchester Jewish Center (WJC) in Mamaroneck, inaugurated its Project Ezra (Hebrew, “help”) Food Drive on Sunday, March 1, collecting Kosher for Passover food for homebound elderly residents on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The Food Drive will end on Sunday, March 22, when Religious School students pack the food into cartons and have WJC members deliver to Congregation Sons of Israel, Briarcliff, along with donations from other synagogues, to be taken by a Project Ezra truck to Manhattan.
WJC volunteers, coordinated by Ruth Obernbreit Glass, also traveled to the B’nai B’rith Building at 2050 Bartow Avenue near Coop City in the Bronx, where the Bronx Jewish Community Council provided them with names, maps and bags of Passover food to deliver to clients known by the agency.
“For a number of years under leadership of many of our lay leaders, including Sharon Silver and Ruth Obernbreit Glass we have had this fantastic relationship with Project Ezra,” WJC Assistant Rabbi Loren Monosov stated.
“Every year we have a group of people that deliver food and establish fantastic relationships with elderly residents in these areas. The kids that go are able to learn about their stories in this important mitzvah of collecting and delivering food. What is nice about this is that our nursery school kids sort all of the food we collect, under Sharon Silver’s guidance.”
“This is part of our Social Action Committee,” WJC Director of Communications Pat Tinto added. “They provide a warm, personal contact with those who may have little contact with the outside world.”
Organized in 1972 on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Project Ezra is an independent, non-profit grass-roots organization, providing a variety of services to a largely homebound population, offering social work services as well as support, counseling, crisis intervention and referrals to appropriate agencies.