Dr. Samuel S. Rockwern Passover Delivery of 

Jewish Family Service...

Sunday, March 25, 2018

The 20th 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 nineteen 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 $15,000 by March 16, 2018. Donate online now.


3. Donate your time.

     Join us as a volunteer by assembling the Seder boxes

10 am - 3 pm on Monday, March 19, 2018

11 am - 1 pm on Tuesday, March 20, 2018

     You can also help deliver the boxes to the individuals and families on Sunday, March 25, 2018. Meet at the Barbash Center to collect your box at 11:30, Noon, or 12:30.


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

Sandee Golden, Heldman Family Food Pantry and Volunteer Program Manager

(513)766-3352   sgolden@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.

Photos from Passover Delivery 2016