Over 100,000 packages of matzah, 75,000 bottles of wine and 35,000 food packages are being distributed by the FJC in partnership with the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) ahead of this year’s Passover holiday in the FSU. Close to 300 communities will also host Passover seders that will be free of charge for approximately 15,000 needy Jews planning to attend them alongside more affluent community members.
“Passover is the time of the year that especially reminds us to include all our brethren in celebration, as we remember our exodus from slavery to freedom and enjoy the holiday as one nation all over the world,” said Mr. Daniel Gordon, FJC outreach coordinator. “Therefore it is especially important for us to make sure every Jew can celebrate, be it with matzah and wine at their home or at a community seder, or with a wider selection of food products than they can usually afford,” he said.
Mr. Gordon noted the long-standing partnership and support the FJC has received from the IFCJ, headed by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, in humanitarian relief efforts in the FSU for the last quarter of a century.
The food packages, matzah, and wine are currently distributed at community centers and synagogues throughout the region, with home deliveries being made by Jewish youth volunteers to those who cannot come pick up the packages themselves.