Join Alan Rosenstock and Yochi Herzog at the Kedem Factory as they officially launch the Shabbos in a Bottle campaign. This bottle on your table means Shabbos on theirs!
Visit https://www.shabbosinabottle.org/ and order your limited-edition bottle today.
Tomche Shabbos of Rockland County was founded in 1973 with the simple goal of delivering food packages to destitute families in the community. With time, we forged a deep connection with our recipients. As we heard their stories of heartbreak and hopelessness, we became better educated about their unique needs and struggles and sought to address them one by one. Thus, over the course of several decades, we have evolved from an organization that delivers weekly packages of free food to one that offers comprehensive emergency assistance to impoverished individuals and families in Rockland County.
Today, we still offer weekly food packages, which are delivered discreetly, under the cover of dark, to 500 families who would not be able to prepare for Shabbos without them. Twice each year, before Sukkos and Pesach, we expand this service to over 900 destitute families, who receive large deliveries of multiple boxes filled with food and Yom Tov necessities. Special items are included during other times of the year, such as age-appropriate toys for the children of the household before Chanukah.
However, with our multi-faceted approach, Tomche Shabbos offers much more than only food packages. Our humanitarian grants restore water and electricity to families whose utilities have been shut off or cover mounting medical debt for those crumbling under the financial burden of serious illness. For those facing the pain and humiliation of unemployment, our Partners in Parnosoh program offers adult education classes, which provide extensive training in business skills and various computer programs, as well as assistance with resumes and job placements.
When poverty is caused by a history of dysfunction or complex life situations, Tomche Shabbos seeks to break the cycle of dependence by offering counseling services by licensed social workers who can offer guidance in establishing a stable and productive family environment.
Tomche Shabbos takes our responsibility to the community seriously. We carefully screen applicants for eligibility with sensitivity and discretion. Additionally, we seek multiple bids for food items and other purchases to ensure that we provide maximum relief at the lowest cost.
Today, when families face eviction, food shortages, utility shut-offs, or medical crises, they reach out to Tomche Shabbos. When former employees suddenly find themselves without a job, they know they can count on Tomche Shabbos. When individuals learn of elderly or widowed neighbors who live in squalid apartments with empty refrigerators, they inform Tomche Shabbos.
When situations seem hopeless and all options have been explored, Tomche Shabbos of Rockland County shines a beacon of light and offers dignity, hope, and the promise of a better tomorrow.