Whether you will be having a seder together, still social distanced or alone, this is a traditional time to assist individuals and families with “Maot Chittim” Passover Assistance.
Jewish Family Service Houston has been doing that for nearly 100 years. Last year, because of the pandemic, the Passover Assistance campaign was cut short.
Since that time, many families have experienced financial losses during this past year. This year, even more than in the past, we need your help in making sure everyone has the resources for a traditional and meaningful seder.
“The annual seder is considered the one ritual that more Jewish individuals worldwide attend and participate in more than any other holiday and our program helps that tradition continue. Last year, more than 1,200 members of the Jewish community received assistance from this important holiday program and this year we expect even more,” stated Rabbi Block.
Continuing, Goodfriend explained, “Our program is named the JFS Goldye Marian and Samuel W. Spain Passover Assistance Fund in Honor of Sadie and Harry L. Hollander because of a generous endowment from the estate of Mrs. Spain.” This endowment gift allowed JFS to increase the amount given to each family requesting assistance, keeping up with the rising costs of purchasing traditional foods for the holiday. Still, community members fund nearly 70% of the annual cost of the program with their donations.
Those wishing to receive assistance should call JFS Case Management (713) 986-7836 (for those speaking Russian, (713) 986-7847) and explain you are calling to apply for Passover Assistance. A staff member will take your information and each family member will be offered gift cards to be redeemed for Passover products and groceries at H-E-B. The H-E-B location in the Meyerland Shopping Center has the largest Passover product selection of their local stores.
To contribute to the JFS Passover Assistance Program, please go to our donation page.
Jewish Family Service is a partner agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston and a beneficiary of the United Way of Greater Houston.