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recipients [of the baskets] longstanding tradition of should be free to celebrate donating macaroons. Rabbi the holiday,” explains Nancy Billy Lewkowicz, director Lefkowitz. Over the past five of Judaic studies, comments, years, she has volunteered with “We do it because we like Matza & More, packing and to teach the children the delivering food items. A retired mitzvah of ma’ot chitim speech-language pathologist, [literally translated to ‘wheat she and her husband, Joel fund’], or the mitzvah Alpert, are winter residents of assisting the poor to from the Boston area. celebrate Passover, originally “The program’s greatest by supplying the poor with need for 2016 is for financial matzah.” He continues, “On support,” explains Lefkowitz. a daily basis at THA, we “We already have around 20 encourage the importance of people committed to driving giving. To this end, everyone Nancy Lefkowitz leads the volunteer effort for Matza & More. and will probably need a few brings two, four, eight more people to help out. Our containers of macaroons to volunteers get such incredibly give to the less fortunate. This meaningful experiences doing is a way for us to be directly hands-on tzedakah.” involved.” Some of the most enthusiastic Last year, the program volunteers come from went green by distributing SaddleBrooke, an active adult the baskets in reusable bags. retirement community, and the This year’s bags will bear the University of Arizona’s Jewish JFCS 75th anniversary logo. fraternity and sorority students. In another twist, Lefkowitz’s “We love it when young ongoing volunteer work people participate,” Lefkowitz with the Community Food continues, “because this becomes Bank of Southern Arizona such a significant experience for facilitated the donation of them. Several volunteers have a $500 community grant to described their experiences as the Matza & More program. particularly powerful due to the The Community Food Bank personal interactions they have is donating funds to select with recipients, who readily Tucson nonprofit agencies express their gratitude for the in lieu of a 40th anniversary food delivered. It’s amazing party. what doing a mitzvah means to Lefkowitz is motivated to everyone.” again chair the committee as Traditionally, the Matza & she believes no one should be Ben Spiegel and his mother, Esther, helped pack food baskets last year. More program has asked for deprived of the pleasure of specific food donations from celebrating Pesach because of participating congregations financial circumstances. “It’s and groups. In 2016, the program committee decided to about the people of Jewish Tucson who willingly volunteer their establish a strategic partnership with the Safeway grocery chain time and funds to support the wider Jewish community who so that all the needed food could be ordered in advance and may not be as fortunate. I’ve been blessed, and giving back is delivered directly to the JFCS office in time for packing. In clearly the right thing to do.” lieu of specific food items, the program committee is seeking The program’s food packing date is Friday, April 15, with financial contributions. “It’s a new thing for us,” Lefkowitz deliveries on Sunday, April 17. Committee members are Barbara admits. “Our ultimate goal is not to burden congregations and Brumer, Carole Burtch, Lari Cote, Hedy Feuer and Nancy to forge strategic partnerships which will ensure the success and Lefkowitz, supported by JFCS staff Deborah Crowder, Pattie longevity of this vital program.” In addition, each family will Martin and Nancy Smith. To get involved or learn more about receive a JFCS-donated grocery gift card to supplement the food the program, visit jfcstucson.org/donate/matza-more or call in the basket, an extension of a JFCS goal of enabling families to 520-795-3000, ext. 2204. make personal food choices for their Seder. Sarah Chen is a freelance writer and associate director of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s Northwest Division. She lives in Oro Valley Tucson Hebrew Academy students will continue their with her husband and two preschoolers.

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