13 Nissan, 5777

April 9, 2017

Dear Friend,


The lives of the Shumer* family changed in an instant, when their father suddenly collapsed in the office, and suffered a massive cardiac arrest. Unfortunately, he could not be resuscitated and passed away, leaving behind a young wife and 4 children.  Needless to say, life for Ruthie and her children became very difficult. Living on a single income, Ruthie works long hours and struggles to meet her monthly home, mortgage and living expenses. Still mourning her loss, Ruthie balances parenting, grief, and fighting foreclosure.

Thankfully, with your support, Chabad can be there for her.

While the comforts of a shelter and sufficient food may be taken for granted by many of us in Merrick, sadly, there are hundreds of families and seniors living alone who are struggling to put food on the tableYes, even here in the Merrick-Bellmore-Wantagh area. Some of them knock on Chabad’s door for help. Others, Chabad searches and seeks out.

Take Jordan*, for instance. A single dad of 2 special needs children, he is constantly dealing with custody battles and also struggles with stability in the workplace.

These are the people to whom Chabad offers assistance, and we cannot do it without your help.

Every week, in partnership with Tomchei Shabbos and Circle of Hope, Chabad volunteers deliver wholesome Kosher food packages to needy families, seniors, and sickly individuals. Before each holiday the packages arrive with special treats. Apples and honey for Rosh Hashana, latkas and chocolate gelt for Chanukah, and before Passover, recipients receive a full shopping list of food items to choose from that includes meat, matzah, gefilte fish, grape juice, wine and other holiday staples.

Unfortunately, the need and demand for these services is year round. We need your generous support today to make a dramatic difference in the lives of people like Ruthie and Jordan. Please click   HERE to donate generously so we can help alleviate the pain and suffering of the needy in our own community.

We thank you for your support, and wish you and yours much success and blessing in all that you do.  In the merit of your kindness, may G‑d shower you with happiness, nachas and prosperity.



Shimon Kramer

Rabbi Shimon Kramer

P.S.  Did you know a $70 donation can feed 1 family for one week?

P.P.S. If you know someone who could benefit from our Passover fund, please encourage them to contact us. For information on our community Passover Seders, please visit our website at ChabadJewishLife.org.

* Your neighbors; names & personal details changed for confidentiality.