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It’s a mitzva! Sheepshead Bay market provides seniors kosher food for high holidays

Fighting Hunger: Volunteers gave out bags of kosher food for Rosh Hashanah at Sheepshead Bay’s Cherry Hill market on Sept. 10.
Photo by Georgine Benvenuto

This event helped senior citizens enjoy a greater seder.

Sheepshead Bay seniors gathered at Cherry Hill Gourmet Market on Sept. 10 for the Yad B’Yad Kosher food distribution event, a collaboration between the grocery store and the Be Proud Foundation to get food packages to the elderly in need in time for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, which began at sundown on Sept. 13.

The titular Hebrew expression translates to “hand in hand,” and one of the foundation’s volunteers said she felt grateful for being able to lend a helping hand to older generations.

“Being there and knowing that I can help ensure someone can put food on their table, in what little way that I have a hand in that, is amazing,” said Violet Livshiz.

Livshiz and other volunteers put the bags together, with each package containing all the items necessary for a genuine Rosh Hashanah seder, including the holiday staples, apples and honey. Volunteers, event organizers, and local elected officials distributed the bags to approximately 75 seniors who attended, including several World War II veterans. Other bags will be delivered to elderly citizens unable to make it to the Emmons Avenue store.

Another Be Proud Foundation volunteer said she felt good knowing she helped make the holiday a reality for needy people.

“It’s such a great feeling knowing that you can help by providing things that people need and can actually use to celebrate the New Year,” said Diana Rafailova of Sheepshead Bay.

Reach reporter Eric Faynberg at (718) 260–2508 or by e-mail at efaynberg@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @ericfaynberg.
Heroic Pair: Valentin Shtern and Anastasia Mudrik, both World War II veterans, received Kosher food for Rosh Hashanah.
Photo by Georgine Benvenuto

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