Rosh Hashana is still a few weeks away and in the streets here in Crown Heights you can almost touch the spirit of Rosh Hashana.
The very air seems charged. The wail of the Shofar the scent of honey cake, the white posters with thick black type calling for charity, prayer and repentance- the approach of the days of awe is impossible to miss.
But in small apartments scattered across the neighborhood there are families that feel the upcoming holidays not only in their hearts, but also in their pocket.
Yomtov means major expenses. Fish, chicken, meat, pomegranates, vegetables, dairy and honey. Even a new pair of shoes for the children. For poor families, preparing for a month of holidays is challenging. For widows, it can be a crisis.
Mrs. Devorah Scheiner’s Yom Tov Fund helps single mothers’, widows, needy families and children with special needs year-round and now with the annual Rosh Hashana distribution.
The distribution has been helping Crown Heights families for over 25 years. I am writing today to join us in this holy work.
There are really families that considered chicken a luxury. There are children who never wore a brand new item of clothing -in their life- or a new pair of proper fitted shoes. Please allow our truck to come full.
Whether summer or winter, Mrs. Scheiner is always working. Not in a fancy office with a swivel chair but from a wooden chair at her kitchen table with her open books most of the day.
Notwithstanding her health complications, she sees the community’s needs and acts upon it. Every penny goes straight to the vendors where she purchases from.
Her greatest reward is seeing the truck stopping in front of her house curbside and the boxes being unloaded. Most times she even has tears in her eyes.
Take part in the $75,000 Rosh Hashana distribution. To donate online, visit chcentral.org/donate (Every dollar raised goes directly for food with no overhead).
Thanking you in advance. May you be signed and blessed with a good year!
From a person who has been helping her with the distribution for many many years