Purim is a time to celebrate as a community, to “make choyzic”, to be happy, and celebrate our Judaism. It is a time of giving and connecting. In this spirit, we are continuing our Purim tradition of Mishloach Manot, traditionally the giving of baskets of food as a way of sending gifts to friends, neighbors, and community members. Our Mishloach Manot tradition has two aspects: social connectivity and Tikkun Olam (community justice). We welcome and encourage every member of CEHV to participate in both. Please read more by clicking on the tabs below!
The Rondout Valley Food Pantry's "mission is to provide nourishment, education and to advocate for individuals and families in need, treating all who seek assistance with dignity, respect, and compassion." The RVFP began in 1990 and has been staffed entirely by volunteers since it was founded. Over the past year, the RVFP distributed 201,600 emergency bags to residents of Ulster County, including the Rondout Valley school district, including food to K-12 students in the area.
We request that all members of our community donate a shopping bag filled with personal care and food items to support their ongoing efforts to support our community. The following items are requested:
- Body wash
- Diapers (especially toddler-sized)
- Baby wipes
- Tampons and maxi-pads/sanitary napkins
- Children's and adult toothbrushes and toothpaste
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Hairbrushes, ties, and hair accessories
- Laundry detergent (smaller sizes preferred)
- Hearty canned soups and stews
- Juice boxes
- Squeezable Jelly
- Pet food
We are accepting bags at Congregation Emanuel of the Hudson Valley, located at 243 Albany Ave in Kingston. Please place your items in the box located right outside the front entrance. The box will be collected from 10am-1pm Monday through Friday. If those hours do not work for your situation please leave them outside the door and they will be taken inside the following weekday morning.