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Maot Chitim at Rosh Hashanah

Maot Chitim

In light of the current situation, this year the Chicago Jewish community will be fulfilling the mitzvah of Maot Chitim (providing meals to Jewish families in need) by purchasing and delivering Jewel gift cards that will enable recipients to safely purchase food for Rosh Hashanah - with less exposure for both volunteers and recipients.

If you would like to contribute toward the purchase of Jewel gift cards, please click here to donate.

Some of the recipients may require assistance shopping for their food. If you wish to volunteer to do grocery shopping, please contact Joellyn Stoliar, Executive Director of Maot Chitim of Greater Chicago.

Maot Chitim refers to the custom of gathering wheat to provide the poor with the makings of matzo for Passover. Nearly a century ago, Rabbis set up card tables in front of their synagogues and distributed a few dollars to the poor for holy day meals.

Today, Maot Chitim of Greater Chicago has evolved into a year-round volunteer effort searching for the best and most reasonably priced Kosher products, organizing an army of volunteers, setting up a warehouse, locating recipients through the ARK and other social service agencies, packing the products, coordinating an orderly delivery system, delivering the packages and finally closing up and beginning the plans for the next holiday.

Sun, July 25 2021 16 Av 5781