A Myriad of Pesach GIFTs to the community12/04/22
It has been an extraordinarily busy time for GIFT in the run up to Pesach this year.
Over 1,000 Pesach food support parcels have been given out to families struggling financially and with ill health across London and Manchester, including all the Pesach essentials, with 1,200 boxes of Matzah generously donated by the United Synagogue. Over 1,365 catered Pesach meals have been distributed together with 220 seder plates generously sponsored by the Yoni Jesner Foundation.
GIFT kids’ Pesach activity books together with 1,000 Jewish Futures’ Seder Packs including a Hagadda, GIFT giving Seder discussion cards - 50 cards on a keyring used to pepper Seder with discussions about giving; & Pesach games were sent out to GIFT service users & volunteers in time for the festival to enable families to interact with the Seder in a refreshing, innovative, creative and contemporary manner.
GIFT’s Pre Pesach Chametz collections, that took place in venues across North West London & Manchester generated an incredible £15,000 of food which will be distributed after Pesach. GIFT would like to thank the hundreds of people who dropped off food & wine donations and the scores of volunteers who helped for hours on the day eagerly & enthusiastically sorting and packing food parcels.
The online Kosher supermarket Sabeny are once again partnering with GIFT and have added a feature on their website for customers to buy extra items for GIFT at the checkout, www.Sabeny.com.
‘The kosher shop’ (Thekoshershoppassover.co.uk) have also generously donated online vouchers for GIFT families who can’t access Kosher shops.
GIFT would also like to thank the wonderful organization Volunteer on Wheels, who are supporting GIFT this year collecting van loads of matzahs, food from chametz collections as well as usual weekly food & fruit and vegetables donations.
The community is again invited to purchase virtual pesach cards as meaningful gifts for family and friends at jgift.org/pesach.
GIFT’s education team have been busy creating ideas for your seder; Pesach colouring ideas & a youtube playlist with 14 educational, entertaining and creative Pesach videos which are available online at jgift.org/pesach.
GIFT Senior Educator Rabbi Avrohom Zeidman ran a pre-Pesach Chaburah at Edgware Adath Synagogue at which 43 boys learned about the mystical meaning of being a giver, originating from the story of Pesach. He also addressed 600 students at a JFS assembly entitled ‘Freedom From and Freedom To’, explaining “True freedom comes from being the best we can to help others.”
GIFT Manchester ran a joint event with CLUB 12 in Whitefield Shul.
The mothers and daughters peeled, chopped and vacuum packed vegetables for a Pesach soup pack for GIFT recipients. Attendee & GIFT volunteer Anat Kaivanto told us,“Last night I attended the GIFT event at Whitefield Shul to prepare soup packs, this is the second time I took part with my pre Batmitzvah daughters. It is such a special opportunity for me to spend some quality time with my daughters, take a moment in my mad daily routine and give back to our amazing community. GIFT’s work is so valuable and important and we must keep supporting our Jewish community and educate our kids in this way.”
GIFT Israel has also been extremely busy with pre-Pesach educational programs in 3 schools in Jerusalem, impacting 770 kids; making Pesach placemats for the elderly, afikoman bags for a refugee Seder & Pesach cards for children in hospital.
A Chametz food drive was arranged in MMY Seminary and a Kimcha Depischa food collection in 3 schools with over 500 children and in partnership with the Welfare Department of Jerusalem Municipality. A GIFT stall was arranged at a Batmitzva where care packages were made for Ukrainian refugees.
GIFT was delighted to hear from an extremely grateful Rabbi & Rebbezin Wolff, of Odessa, Ukraine, that the 22 ton lorry had arrived with all the Pesach food sent out last week, just in time for Pesach!