How Dr. Samuel S. Rockwern Passover Delivery of Jewish Family Service Made a Difference to One Family

In the Ukraine, she was afraid to observe Passover.

Today in Cincinnati, with your support, she is able to celebrate Passover.

I, Fanya Morozova, came to Cincinnati from Kiev, Ukraine, 21 years ago as a refugee. I was resettled by the Jewish Family Service. 


Now I’m 82. And I’m very thankful to this country and the Jewish community of Cincinnati for giving me the opportunity to explore and learn about our Jewish values, for the opportunity to get more awareness about our roots.


There was only one small synagogue in Kiev with the Jewish population of thousands of people. During one of the Holidays, my mom took me with her. There were so many people that this tiny synagogue did not have enough space for everyone. People prayed outside.


My father was assassinated by the Nazis in Babi Yar. My stepfather, being very observant and religious, rented a small room in one of the buildings secretly where they could pray. But there was always a threat: it might have come to the surface any moment and he would have been punished by the authorities. 


My memory still echoes some pictures from my childhood.  I could see my aunt hiding and baking matzah to celebrate the Passover. It was not possible to buy or get it from anywhere.


My first Passover in the U.S.A. was absolutely different and heart moving. The entire family of volunteers came - husband, wife and their kids. All smiling, friendly, bringing boxes of food. Since then we have been blessed to have the food and a Passover check every year.  In this country, we can celebrate openly. 


Watching my great-grandchildren, 7 and 3 years old, when they pray, makes me very proud and happy. My heartfelt thanks to the Jewish Family Service and the community for making my life so meaningful.



Fanya Morzova


Dr. Samuel S. Rockwern Passover Delivery of Jewish Family Service is a special project bringing together monetary contributions and volunteer energy to brighten the holiday for individuals and families experiencing financial difficulties.


Won’t you help us deliver over 400 Passover meals
to families in need?

How can you help?

You can donate food, money and/or time.


1. Collect and donate Passover food. Barrels for Passover food collections have been placed at most congregations and at the Mayerson JCC. Please drop off boxes of Matzah, Macaroons or Matzah Ball Soup Mix to be included in the Passover deliveries to famiilies in need.


2. Help by donating the money needed to purchase fresh food items that cannot be donated. We are off to a great start with a very generous contribution from The Rockwern Charitable Foundation. Your tax-deductible donation will help us reach the $60,000 we need to stop hunger in our community year-round. Donate online now.


3. Donate your time. Join us as a volunteer by delivering the food order to the Heldman Family Food Pantry, assembling the Seder boxes, or joining other volunteers in distributing the boxes to clients during food pantry hours or directly to their homes.  The preparation and delivery site will be at Jewish Family Service Barbash Family Vital Support Center, 3113 Clifton Avenue, Clifton, OH 45220 on the campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Sign up to volunteer now.

Volunteer for Passover Delivery


For more information or to volunteer, contact

Sandee Golden, Heldman Family Food Pantry and Volunteer Program Manager

or fill out the online form



Dr. Samuel S. Rockwern Passover Delivery of Jewish Family Service was founded as Cincinnati Pesach Delivery Project in 1998 by a group of dedicated volunteers from Northern Hills Synagogue and Yavneh Day School.