lightup.jpgThis year, thanks to the JRCC Connect initiative and the generosity of 10s of volunteers, many more families received Passover shmurah matzah packages. Together, the JRCC and its volunteers distributed packages to over 12,000 households in the Jewish Russian community! Handmade shmurah matzah is central for Passover, especially for the Passover Seder, and this extraordinary effort ensured all the families and individuals were able to partake in the special mitzvah of matzah the traditional way.


lightup.jpgThe JRCC Hebrew School, in collaboration with the JRCC Cares, the social services division of the JRCC, held a Passover Food Drive to provide basic holiday foods for the needy. Several drop-off locations were set up from February 21 to March 7 where people could drop off non-perishable kosher for Passover food items. In addition to helping those in need, which was the main objective, this project provided a handson experience in the supreme Jewish value of tzedaka (charity) to JRCC Hebrew School students, and enabled people from across the community and beyond to give directly to those in need. In all, over 60 Hebrew School students participated, and many needy families benefited.


For the most part, public community seders and even private family group seders were limited or not possible this year due to COVID restrictions. The JRCC team put together a Seder2Go program, whereby people could order specific packages to suit their specific needs and the number of people attending their Seder ranging from a basic Seder Plate only option to an option with a full, three-course catered meal. The Seder2Go program employed a “pay what you can” policy. When selecting one’s desired options, the actual cost of the package is displayed, and the person ordering is given the option of either paying the cost or paying whatever they can. Thanks to subsidies from the JRCC and its generous sponsors, anyone who wanted a Seder2Go package was able to order one, regardless of financial means. The “pay what you can” policy was only open to members of the Russian community.