The Purpose of Beth Shifra’s programs is to promote a Jewish identity into the lives of Jewish youth and old in the metropolitan communities.
Beth Shifra’s programs are free of charge: Passover soup kitchen, Pesach packages, Pesach Sedarim, free Bar Mitzvah classes, free Hebrew School, a free matchmaking program, Pesach children’s program and lectures on Judaism.
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THANK YOU to all our participants and contributors in making pesach 5778 /2018 a huge success.
PASSOVER 2018 AT BETH SHIFRA: A Festival to Remember
We have celebrated the festival of matzos once again and, thanks to Beth Shifra, and its generous contributors and dedicated staff, hundreds of people, who otherwise would have had no Seder and no holiday, have great Pesach memories – some for the first time in their lives. Since 1970, Beth Shifra, a Brooklyn-based organization, has made it its mission to help those of the New York Jewish community who need help the most: poor people (and there are many), new immigrants, elderly people, shut-ins and just plain, ordinary people who otherwise might have little or no connection to Yiddishkeit.
“It was absolutely unbelievable,” marveled Rabbi Chaim Prussman, who founded the organization over 45 years ago and who has led it ever since. “We were able to serve hot meals and give food packages to every person that came. Everyone was served with a smile, and at no cost to them. We turned away no one!” A great many people showed up for the Seders each night at Beth Shifra’s Pesach headquarters, 2102 Ave T, Brooklyn.
Rabbi Prussman said a long list of people deserve a lot of recognition for making Beth Shifra’s Pesach 2018 as successful as it was. Certainly, right near the top of the list is the management of the White Shul. “Rabbi Sroya Sorscher and Rabbi Mordechai Sorscher and his congregants get a big yasher koach,” said Rabbi Prussman. We also thank the lecturers: Rav Berkstein , Rabbi Sroya Sorscher and Rabbi Mordechai Sorscher who enlightened our participants with their inspiring insights. We are grateful to the Jewish Press, Faigy at the Algemeiner, Zev Brenner for helping to publicize our work. We also want to thank those who helped package and distribute packages. The Sorscher family helped tremendously in making it the best Pesach ever! They were there for us from the beginning. Shai Auerbach was our right-hand-man from beginning to end and most importantly his advice gave us the tools to make Pesach 5778 a success. Thank you to Assemblyman Dov Hikind and his office staff as well as the Rabbinical Alliance of America under the auspices of Rabbi Mircozcnik. We also want to thank our suppliers: Manischewitz, Kedem Wines, Kerekes/Bakedeco, Tumid Express, Streit’s Matzah Co, The Brandsdorfer Family, Rabbi Goldstein, BaTempte, Redi Record, RiteLite Toys, Shuey’s Take Out Grill -3006 Ave K (718-513-6565), Quality Frozen Foods, Paperific on 38th, and Met Council.
The preparations were complicated, but with everyone pulling together, the job got done. With Rabbis Sroya and Mordechai Sorscher, everything was so clean, and every inch of the refrigerator and the ovens were immaculate.
Once the kitchen was prepared, the fridges and freezer delivered, silverware, prizes and pallets of food in place, the process started taking shape. The cook started and worked until he finished the amount needed. The bagging of the food parcels took from morning till night. Many people came to the sedarim, which were standing room only. The week of chol hamoed also saw a huge turnout, with activities for children, adults and singles. We hosted a special children’s program, enlightening shiurim and a Jewish singles program. The participants came from near and far and enjoyed a welcoming meal and music, and were given boxes of matzah, grape juice, macaroons, vegetables, pesach toys and other treats for the holiday.
While the kitchen at the White Shul was being kashered and food and wine were being brought in to prepare for the holiday, other preparations were under way as well. A major task was getting the word out to New York’s large, diverse Jewish community that there was a place where they could come and eat during the holiday – and it wouldn’t cost them a dime. Rabbi Prussman sent out notices and paid advertisements about the upcoming Seders and food distribution in Russian, Yiddish and English newspapers. Editor Ari Kagan from the Russian-language newspaper covered the Russian front and had it sent to a number of other Russian papers. The four Yiddish newspapers that sent out advertisements were: Rabbi and Rebbitzen Friedman’s papers, The Title, Der Yid, The Blatt and the Algeimeiner Journal. The five English newspapers that got the word out were:TV Vues (Mr. Allen Hirsch a long- time friend),The Connections, Jewish Press, Twenties and Thirties and Hamodia. The printing companies that helped us get the word out are Expressway Printing, Colonial Records, Kuppy and staff, Star Direct mailing helped us publicize. Zev Brenner’s radio show made announcements.
Please DO YOUR PART to help Beth Shifra pay for Passover and continue to serve our community year-round. Make a tax-deductible contribution to: Beth Shifra, P.O. Box 700, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11229.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT US AT BETH SHIFRA, tel. (718) 449-1397, or visit our website: www.bethshifra.org. We are pleased to announce that this year we had 6,845 visits for pesach! Beth Shifra’s activities on behalf of New York’s Jewish community have been endorsed by many gedolim, prominent rabbis and numerous community leaders.
All these good times, kindness and mitzvos don’t happen by themselves. In addition to the inspiring donations of supplies and manpower, many expenses accrue. We cannot continue our indispensable services without your generous contribution.
Please contact us now with your support and in these merits may we be blessed with a year of health, happiness, and nachas.
Approbation from Rabbi Avigdor Miller ZT”L
News 12 Brooklyn Report on Pesach Giveaways