MADA’s patrons and volunteers celebrated the Shabbat to Share family dinner program recently at the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue. They enjoyed inspirational speeches, a gift for all and a delicious community dinner.
Bialik High School’s Grade 7 boys volunteered to serve the 500 attendees. This year is the students’ Bar Mitzvah year, and it is hoped that volunteering in this way, performing this mitzvah, will be remembered by and inspire the students for many years to come.
Shabbat to Share is a unique weekly program whereby over 200 volunteers prepare and deliver a full Shabbat meal to over 660 individuals who are isolated, shut in, and living below the poverty line. “The weekly visit of MADA’s volunteer with the Shabbat dinner is the highlight of my week,” said Sara, one of MADA’s patrons.
Added Rabbi Asher Jacobson of Congregation Chevra Kadisha: “MADA is closing the gap between those who have and those who don’t: between those who have family and those who are alone, between those who have friends and those who are looking for friendship and love. MADA is keeping the community together, keeping it alive and vibrant and bringing love into people’s daily life.”
MADA Community Center, a nonprofit volunteer-based organization, offers a kosher soup kitchen, food bank, clothing and furniture distribution, and holiday programs. Serving the Jewish community for 25 years, MADA has grown from delivering the Shabbat to Share boxes to 150 individuals in 2011 to delivering to more than 660 people in 2018. MADA wishes to break the challenge of isolation and to extend outreach through the Shabbat to Share program.
New volunteers are always welcome. To volunteer, call 514-342-4969 ext. 247. To donate to the Shabbat to Share program, please contact Rivka at 514-342-4969 ext.229.