“Behind every door that Tomchei leaves a package at on Thursday evening is a person, just like me and you,” said Moshe Wolfson in his opening remarks at the annual breakfast of Tomchei Shabbos of the Five Towns and Far Rockaway on Sunday, February 1. He recalled the story of an individual he accidentally met while delivering Tomchei packages. “Some of them are former business associates of ours. For various reasons, they have fallen on very hard times. They need help for the basics. Tomchei Shabbos is the only organization they turn to, and we need to make sure that Tomchei can be there to help.”
Jeff and Shira Eisenberg of Lawrence graciously hosted the event, which was attended by approximately 200 friends of Tomchei.
Tomchei Shabbos, established in memory of Yeshaya Alpert, z’l, currently provides Shabbos and yomtov food to approximately 285 families in the Five Towns and Far Rockaway, with an annual budget of $650,000. Tomchei is run almost entirely by volunteers. Dozens of TAG students package food at the Far Rockaway location. Dozens of community members and children do the same at the Young Israel of Woodmere. The packages are then delivered by volunteer drivers.
Rabbi Yaakov Trump, assistant rabbi at Young Israel of Lawrence–Cedarhurst, was the guest speaker at the breakfast. He eloquently spoke about the role that chesed played in YetziasMitzrayim. Quoting the Be’er Yosef, Rabbi Trump explained that the ticket to geulah was that after MakkasChoshech, when four-fifths of the adults in Klal Yisrael were killed, the remaining one-fifth adopted all of the newly orphaned children. The z’chus of caring for each other was what enabled KlalYisrael to leave Mitzrayim. “Tomchei Shabbos is an organization that cares for Klal Yisrael. The chesed that is done for the aniyim in our neighborhoods is inspirational, and hopefully will be a z’chus for all of us to bring the ultimate geulah.”