Local Chabads offer community relief during the pandemic
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Local Chabads offer community relief during the pandemic

Rich Keenan, Valley Hospital CFO, second from left,  and Rabbi Yosef Orenstein of Valley Chabad, right, are with hospital staff overseeing the food donation delivery. (Courtesy Chabad)
Rich Keenan, Valley Hospital CFO, second from left, and Rabbi Yosef Orenstein of Valley Chabad, right, are with hospital staff overseeing the food donation delivery. (Courtesy Chabad)

Valley Chabad held its “Challah Sale for Covid” last week; the challah it sold was home-baked by Hindy Drizin, Estie Orenstein, or Fraidy Raices and picked up at Valley Chabad. Proceeds from the sale went, as planned, to a breakfast delivered to local nurses and doctors who are staying away from their families, in quarantine at the Montvale Marriott, as they work to conquer covid-19. Because the response was greater than expected, there was enough money left over to fund breakfast for doctors and nurses at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood. For more information go to ValleyChabad.org/Challah.


Rabbi Mendy Kaminker, wearing a mask that says “Think Good — It Will Be Good,” helped give out masks in Hackensack. (Courtesy Chabad)

Rabbi Mendy Kaminker of Chabad of Hackensack distributed free face masks at a socially distanced event he called “Let’s Protect Them! One Mitzvah Leads to Another!” on Sunday.

Rabbi Kaminker had received a donation of  1,000 N95 masks; Hackensack University Medical Center needed them desperately, so he donated them to the hospital. Then he started a fundraiser to buy three-ply masks; he raised enough to buy 1,600. He and a team of volunteers from the Bergen County alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority gave them out; the demand was so high that the supply ran out by 2 p.m. Hackensack’s deputy mayor, David Sims, helped with the event. For more information, go to ChabadHackensack.com


Mussi and Shaina Grossbaum head out to deliver some of the “challah and chicken soup for the quarantine soul” packages. (Courtesy Paramus Chabad)

Chabad of Paramus, led by Zeesy and Rabbi Moshe Grossbaum, offer “Challah and Chicken Soup for the Quarantined Soul,” which gives people a chance to order a care package for someone who can use some Shabbat love. There is no charge, but donations are accepted. Orders must be placed by Thursday at 1 p.m., with pick up at the Grossbaums’ home in Paramus on Friday at 2:30 p.m. For more information, email Zeesy@bcfriendship.com or call her at (201) 926-5333.

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