Delaware, Southern New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Southeastern Pennsylvania
Project H.O.P.E. — Help Our People Everywhere — is a community action project whose major goal is the collection and distribution of food packages to poor and elderly Jews during Passover. Many Jews who cannot afford special holiday foods depend on B'nai B'rith members to provide matzoh and the other Passover staples.
To these people the remembrance is often as special as the needed food. Project H.O.P.E. works with the community family service agencies and local Jewish social services and with B'nai B'rith members and synagogue volunteers. Jewish organizations provide the lists of people who need packages and the facilities for collecting, storing, and packing the food.
B'nai B'rith volunteers assemble and deliver the packages. Begun in New York, the program has spread to Boston, Philadelphia, Connecticut, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
The ritual foods of Passover are out of reach for far too many Jews in need every year. That’s when B’nai B’rith International’s Project H.O.P.E. (Helping Our People Everywhere) steps in to provide Passover meals to elderly Jews and Jews in need in several Northeast cities.
B’nai B’rith program organizers and volunteers came together in Philadelphia, Connecticut, Washington, D.C., and the New York metro area. Volunteers performed such tasks as packing the food, breaking down boxes for recycling, loading cars, and, of course, delivering the care packages. For the recipients, many of whom live alone, the food deliveries also provided a welcome bit of company during the holiday.
“Project H.O.P.E. provides a wonderful opportunity for people to come to the aid of those less fortunate who live in their own communities,” said B’nai B’rith International President Allan J. Jacobs.
Project H.O.P.E. is a vital B’nai B’rith program, which has built on its Brooklyn, N.Y. roots and has expanded to other major population centers in the Northeast during its more than three-and-a-half decades.
“This program brings hope to those in unfortunate circumstances and connects them with the Jewish people, which is the main focus of Passover,” said B’nai B’rith International Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin.
“Families recently arrived from countries where borders change daily and Jews are less safe than anyone else,” said Barbara Brenman, coordinator of the project. “We helped, we did it, we brought Passover to all of them. However temporary, we took their thoughts away from their situations.”
To get involved for this Passover, contact B’nai B’rith’s Center for Community Action at 212-490-3290 or email email@example.com. It’s not too late to donate. Checks can be made payable to B’nai B’rith International and sent to B’nai B’rith Project H.O.P.E., 801 Second Avenue, 14th Floor, New York, N.Y., 10017. Donors can indicate the region they would like to receive their donation.
Project H.O.P.E. depends on donations to purchase the food for each package. To get involved in your community or to make a donation, contact the Center for Community Action at 212-490-3290 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
B'nai B'rith Liberty Region
801 Second Avenue, 14th Floor
New York, NY 10017
B'nai B'rith International has used Project H.O.P.E. (Help Our People Everywhere) to make Passover seders possible for the elderly and disabled, as well as those that do not have the means to buy kosher-for-Passover meals.
The Liberty Region operates their Project H.O.P.E. packing and distribution from Temple Sinai, Dresher, Pa.
The program assists 700 households requiring, volunteers, 35 drivers and $30,000 to support the program. They are now in their third decade of activity.
Samuel Domsky coordinates this project annually, beginning with a fund raising appeals and events. He and the team of dedicated volunteers make a difference in the lives of our elderly and isolated. Take a moment and open your check book as well. Let's stand together to let those less fortunate know we care about them. It is one of the most rewarding MITZVAH days you will ever participate in.
Contributions can be mailed to Project H.O.P.E. c/o Samuel Domsky:
3213 Burn Brae Drive
Dresher, PA 19025