Homebound seniors throughout Miami-Dade County received Rosh Hashanah food baskets and conversed with volunteers during the annual Milk & Honey food program.
For this recent annual Rosh Hashanah food program, presented by Jewish Community Services of South Florida and the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, more than 750 volunteers gathered at Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center and Beth David Congregation in Miami to assemble food baskets before delivering them to the seniors.
“We had a great turnout of families, community leaders, JCS Alliance young professionals and groups representing the cultural and religious communities of Miami-Dade County,” noted Alec Rosen, vice president for JCS' Community Engagement Division. “Many thanks to the Greater Miami Jewish Federation for their support and everyone that was involved in making this a successful event.”
More than 600 food baskets were delivered. The seniors that received the baskets from volunteers include those that are lonely and don’t have many family members, if any, living locally.
Event volunteers Rully and Fanny Moskovitz of Pinecrest were happy to provide food and conversation to two seniors in need of company.
“It's great to know that JCS is there for people in need of company,” said Fanny Moskovitz. "By just seeing their faces, you can see how grateful they are for the visit and the company.”
Rully Moskovitz said, "We're happy to come out, help people, speak with them and spend a little time with them.”
Linda Hornick of Miami, a senior the Moskovitz’s visited to deliver food and converse with, described the visit and conversation with them as “wonderful” because with the exception of a couple of people, she has no other relatives living locally.
“It’s wonderful knowing that there’s somebody who makes a visit and to know that you’re not alone,” Hornick said.
Another senior the couple visited and conversed with was Eulalia Cohen of Miami, who described the visit and conversation as “marvelous.”
In the past, the volunteers would always go to one location to assemble and pick up the baskets for both Milk & Honey and the Matzah Mitzvah Passover food programs. However, the most recent event was the first time that two locations served as the places for volunteers to assemble and pick up the baskets.
"There's such a huge demand for this event, Milk & Honey, as well as Matzah Mitzvah that we decided it would be best to have two locations to better serve the larger community,” Rosen said
Rosen described what it means to have two locations for this even
“For people in the Northern part of the county, including Aventura, they have a location for them that's closer to where they live. In the South, people who live in Coral Gables, Pinecrest and Kendall also have an area that's closer to them. It's such a large diverse county that it's impossible to have one location serve the entire county."
Elyssa Lewis, chair of the GMJF’s volunteer initiative South Dade Give back, said "To do this in two locations shows how important this is to our community and that people want to give back in every area.”
Deborah Hurwitz, JCS' division director of outreach and access services, said while at Beth David Congregation during the event, “This is an amazing opportunity for South Dade families to become more involved and more engaged whereas they may be more reluctant to go to Aventura or to Federation where we've done this before”.
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