Dr. Samuel S. Rockwern Passover Delivery of 

Jewish Family Service...

Thank you to our dedicated staff, donors and volunteers at the Passover Delivery Project


The 21st Annual Dr. Samuel S. Rockwern Passover Delivery Project of Jewish Family Service, held on Sunday, April 7th, 2019, was an incredible success – all due to our amazing staff and volunteers. Thanks to everyone’s efforts, our 125 volunteers were able to pack and deliver close to 600 meals to members of our Jewish community who would otherwise be unable to traditionally observe Passover.  Not only did we have a great group on hand that day, we also had many volunteers come in the weeks leading up who helped with picking up food, make boxes, pre-pack the non-perishables, hand out and deliver Passover food to our pantry clients and shop with pantry clients when they came in.


Todah Rabah to our Temple Sholom 8th graders, who came in early and packed apples for delivery, and to the women of SAEPi of University of Cincinnati, who helped direct traffic and load volunteer cars with boxes.  And of course, we couldn’t do this without our community volunteers, who generously donate their time on a Sunday morning to pack and deliver the boxes.


An extra-big thank you to Sandee Golden, Food Pantry and Volunteer Program Manager, Jonathan Magrisso and Isaiah Armstrong: their hard work and dedication to The 21st Annual Dr. Samuel S. Rockwern Passover Delivery Project of Jewish Family Service is what makes it the success it is.


We cannot say thank you enough to our donors and community partners!  We not only met our goal, we exceeded it: we raised over $20,000 this year, which is 6.33% more than we raised in 2018.


Be sure to watch the Fox19 News story about The 21st Annual Dr. Samuel S. Rockwern Passover Delivery Project of Jewish Family Service at  http://www.fox19.com/video/2019/04/10/passover-meals-go/. 


Thank you for being a part of The 21st Annual Dr. Samuel S. Rockwern Passover Delivery Project. 


Photos from Passover Delivery 2019

Sunday, April 7, 2019

The 21st Annual Dr. Samuel S. Rockwern Passover Delivery of Jewish Family Service was adapted from a tradition that began hundreds of years ago to help those less fortunate observe Passover. Today, there is a great need in our own Cincinnati Jewish community.

What is the Passover Delivery?

The observance of Passover requires eating specific foods that are not already in the home and can be expensive. This is a hardship, especially when the household is already having difficulty putting food on the table.

When the choice was Matzo or Medicine, Jewish Family Service was there to help.

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With support from local Jewish agencies, congregations and youth organizations, Seder Boxes are delivered to Jewish families and individuals who would not otherwise be able to observe Passover. These special boxes contain matzah, matzah ball soup mix, macaroons, gefilte fish, Passover candy, grape juice, nuts, apples, and a frozen prepared chicken dinner.


In the past twenty years, we have grown from serving 225 to delivering over 400 Passover meals each year.

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 Matzoh, Macaroons or Matzoh Ball Soup Mix to be included in the Passover deliveries to families 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. We need to raise $18,000 by March 31, 2019. Donate online now.


3. Donate your time.

     Join us as a volunteer by assembling the Seder boxes

11 am - 1 pm on Monday, April 1, 2019

11 am - 1 pm on Tuesday, April  2, 2019


You can also help deliver the boxes to the individuals and families on Sunday, April 7, 2019. Meet at the Barbash Center to collect your box at 10:30, 11:00 , or Noon.


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.

Dr. Samuel S. Rockwern Passover Delivery of Jewish Family Service relies solely on contributions from the community. Without the support of hundreds of individual donors, we could not offer to help so many.


And beyond Passover...
Now you can help feed families throughout the year. We know that many of those who need assistance at Passover may also need some support at other times of the year. Jewish Family Service Heldman Family Food Pantry provides an emergency supply of food and personal care items to families and individuals in need. Won’t you please consider a donation to help at Passover time and throughout the year?


For more information or to volunteer, contact

Jonathan Magrisso, Heldman Family Food Pantry and Volunteer Program Manager

(513) 469-1188   info@jfscinti.org  
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.