(Washington, D.C., March 25, 2021)--Leading up to Passover, B’nai B’rith’s Project H.O.P.E.—Help Our People Everywhere—collected and distributed food to Jewish seniors and Jews living in poverty who would otherwise be unable to access the ritual foods of Passover. Project H.O.P.E. works with community family service agencies and local Jewish social services to provide and deliver food packages to communities in need across the United States.
In the Chesapeake Bay Region, Project H.O.P.E. partnered with the Jewish Social Service Agency of Montgomery County, Maryland to distribute baskets of kosher-for-Passover food to more than 500 needy families in the Washington, D.C. area on March 21.
The baskets were assembled by students at the Berman Hebrew Academy in Rockville, Maryland. Volunteers from synagogues in Maryland and Virginia, along with B’nai B’rith members, delivered the baskets.
Project H.O.P.E. in the Liberty Region in Philadelphia has been serving communities for 24 years. On March 21, the project partnered with Jewish Relief Agency (JRA) to provide packages of food to those in need. B’nai B’rith volunteers picked up the packages from the JRA distribution center and delivered them to the most vulnerable in the community.
On March 24, the New York Metropolitan area Metronorth Region Project H.O.P.E. distributed Passover meals to some 110 seniors experiencing isolation, illness or food insecurity. The project worked with the Mid-Island Y Jewish Community Center (YJCC) in Plainview, New York, the Ruderman Family Food Pantry and a local caterer to create and distribute the meals.
In the Great Lakes Region, Project H.O.P.E. donated funds to the Yad Ezra Food Bank, which provides kosher food to people facing food insecurity in Southeast Michigan. The donation also included B’nai B’rith COVID-19 relief kits, each containing a cloth face mask and travel-sized hand sanitizer, which have been distributed around the country as part of B’nai B’rith’s pandemic relief efforts.
Project H.O.P.E. has served vulnerable communities since the late 1960s, when it was created by B’nai B’rith Brooklyn leaders, and has expanded to encompass regions across the country and hundreds of volunteers. Year after year, Project H.O.P.E. fulfills the B’nai B’rith tenets of helping those in need and connecting them with the Jewish people.
B’nai B’rith International has advocated for global Jewry and championed the cause of human rights since 1843. B’nai B’rith is recognized as a vital voice in promoting Jewish unity and continuity, a staunch defender of the State of Israel, a tireless advocate on behalf of senior citizens and a leader in disaster relief. With a presence around the world, we are the Global Voice of the Jewish Community. Visit bnaibrith.org.