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Judy’s Kindness Kitchen is a Sunday soup kitchen that was established in November 2004. Food is prepared at the Jewish Community Center at 401 Elmgrove Avenue in Providence and is delivered to Crossroads Rhode Island in downtown Providence. Since November 2013, in addition to delivering food to Crossroads, we have also been delivering food to the Emanuel House Homeless Shelter in Providence. We are an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization and we’d love to have you join us!
According to Jewish tradition, “Ohel Avraham” (the tent of the patriarch Abraham) had four entrances, each facing one of the four directions, so that those in need would behold the promise of relief from every side. Judy's Kindness Kitchen seeks to emulate the example of Abraham by providing meals to our neighbors in need.
Our goal is to run a soup kitchen that:
• provides warm, nourishing meals in a locale that is convenient to those in need
Why: Crossroads Rhode Island, the largest homeless services organization in the state, provides for those in need in the Providence area, but no meals were served on Sunday. Judy's Kindness Kitchen has prepared and served warm meals at Crossroads on Sunday. Since November 2013, in addition to serving food at Crossroads, we have also been delivering food to the Emanuel House Homeless Shelter in Providence.
Where: Jewish Community Center, 401 Elmgrove Avenue, Providence RI. (Directions). Meals are prepared in the JCC kitchen and served in downtown Providence at the Crossroads center.
When: Sunday Morning, food preparation from 8:30 am to 9:30 am. Food is served at Crossroads from 10:00 am to 11:30.
Who: The soup kitchen is open to all (guests and volunteers) without regard to race, sex, religion, ethnic background or age. We are staffed entirely by volunteers and based at Congregation Beth Sholom, an Orthodox Jewish synagogue, in partnership with Crossroads Rhode Island, the largest homeless services organization in the state.
How: The soup kitchen was founded by Barry Bessler and Deborah Kutenplon and the Congregation Beth Sholom Social Action Committee.
Outreach - Our web site, designed and maintained by MoonRivers MEDIA, is an important link between Judy's Kindness Kitchen and our community of guests, volunteers and supporters. Ongoing outreach will occur through Crossroads Rhode Island.
Funding – Grants and donations, both monetary and in-kind, support Judy’s Kindness Kitchen. Vic Werber and Dr. David Mandelbaum are major supporters, in honor of Judy Mandelbaum, after whom the soup kitchen is named.
Upon reading about Judy you'll understand why Judy's Kindness Kitchen is such a perfect way to honor her memory.
The Providence connection: Judy's father, Murray Werber, came to Providence from Russia in 1907, at the age of 3. He lived in the University Heights area and attended Hope High School for a year, then moved with his family to New York in 1918. Judy's son, David, came to Providence from New Jersey in 2003.
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