NEW YORK CITY (APRIL 6, 2020) — In time for the first Passover seder on April 8, UJA-Federation of New York is providing more than 8,500 free Passover seder meals and seder kits to more than 4,000of the most vulnerable and most impacted New York households. Foremost Caterers is preparing and delivering all of the packages.

UJA worked with dozens of its partners across the five boroughs, Long Island, and Westchester to identify families and individuals who are isolated, financially vulnerable, or previously have relied on free or subsidized communal seders.

“There is no more joyous festival in the Jewish calendar than Passover —and its highlight is celebration with family and friends. Instead, this year, many find themselves alone, dealing with fear and uncertainty and struggling to create a traditional seder,” said Eric S. Goldstein, CEO of UJA-Federation of New York.

“At the start of the seder, we say, ‘all who are hungry come and eat, anyone who lacks provisions for Passover come and partake.’By delivering 8,500 seder meals, we are doing our small part to help people hold their own Passover seders with dignity and the embrace of the entire community,” said Goldstein.

Depending on the number of people in the household, deliveries include full dinners, including stuffed cabbage, chicken matzah ball soup, chicken with potatoes and carrot tzimis, macaroons, matzah, and grape juice. Also included are traditional seder plate items including parsley, egg, charoset, shank bone and horseradish.

The Passover meals are made possible by grants from UJA, the Jewish Communal Fund, and other generous funders.

UJA also has compiled a listing of Passover resources for people looking for virtual seders, online classes, and ritual content which is available at www.ujafedny.org/passover-resources.

About UJA-Federation of New York

For more than 100 years, UJA-Federation has brought New Yorkers together to solve some of the most pressing problems facing our community. Through UJA-Federation, more than 50,000 donors impact the issues that matter most to them, pooling their resources to care for Jews everywhere and New Yorkers of all backgrounds, respond to crises close to home and far away, and shape our Jewish future. Working with a network of hundreds of nonprofits, UJA-Federation extends its reach from New York to Israel to nearly 70 other countries around the world, touching 4.5 million people each year. For more information on how to donate or volunteer, please visit our website at www.ujafedny.org.