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Passover food deliveries make ‘big difference’ for area seniors

 

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to make Passover celebrations different for the second year in a row, Jewish organizations in South Florida delivered holiday meals to local Holocaust survivors and other homebound seniors and families in need.

Holocaust survivor Saul Dreier received a pleasant visit from Goodman Jewish Family Services of Broward County representatives who delivered a gift bag containing traditional Passover meal staples to his Coconut Creek apartment.

“When they walked in with the Passover food, I was flabbergasted,” Dreier, 95, said. “It was unbelievable. The organization has been very good to me.”

Dreier is a musician who is a founding member of the Holocaust Survivor Band along with fellow survivor Reuwen “Ruby” Sosnowicz. The band was featured in a documentary, “Saul & Ruby’s Holocaust Survivor Band.”

Dreier, who has already received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, said he was happy to entertain the visitors, who wore masks when they made the delivery, by performing music for them.

Eric Troy, director for Goodman JFS’ Holocaust Survivors Assistance Program, said Dreier was “so happy, surprised, very engaged and very receptive to everything we presented to him.”

Dreier is one of 700 Holocaust survivors from throughout Broward County who received a kosher seder meal from the agency, which also delivered meals to 130 food insecure Jewish families and seniors throughout the county. The meals were provided by Gourmet Kosher in Miami.

Troy said delivering the meals to the agency’s clients considering what’s happened over the past year with the crisis has been amazing and rewarding.

“They know we did not forget them,” he noted. “It’s making a big difference for them and we have survivors calling us, crying and telling us how happy they were to receive the package from us.”

Early in March, 500 families and survivors received cleaning supplies from the agency such as multi-cleansers, floor, paper products and dishwashing detergent to prepare their homes for the holiday. Cleaning items were donated by Humana.

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