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Feeding the Hungry - Congregation Sherith Israel

We have a long history of feeding the hungry

Our award-winning HaMotzi and Chicken Soupers program—two separate programs recently combined—feeds people in need every Sunday. 


A rabbinic plea during the High Holy Days in 1993 called for Sherith Israel to help the hungry. We responded. We’ve prepared well over 150,000 well-balanced meals for individuals and families looking for a fresh start.

Hamotzi meets every Sunday at 9:30 am in the Newman Hall Kitchen. Our volunteers—adults and young people alike—prepare 100 meals that are delivered to two shelters in San Francisco. Volunteers participate in whatever aspects of the program they choose from shopping and picking up donations to preparation, cooking, cleaning up and delivering. Over the years, deep friendships have been made—as rewarding as caring for our fellow San Franciscans.

Chicken Soupers

In 1988, Chicken Soupers began preparing meals for Jewish individuals suffering with AIDS. In partnership with Jewish Family and Children's Services, the program later was expanded to feed homebound seniors and chronically ill people of all ages.

One Sunday afternoon each month, volunteers staff our Newman Hall kitchen to prepare several days’ worth of meals for each individual we serve. A short visit with the person receiving the meals makes this activity personal and rewarding for recipient and volunteer alike.

Additionally, Sherith Israel members bake cookies for the homeless for distribution at St. Mary’s Cathedral over the Christmas holidays. 


Sundays, once a month, noon–4 pm
2019 Dates: February 10, March 10, April 7, May 5, June 2, July 7, August 4, September 8, October 13, November 3 and December 15.

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