Chabad Columbus distributed 150 Passover seder-to-go kits to Central Ohioans, helping out residents who may not have been able to shop for the holiday.
The kit provided everything but the festive meal and was given free of charge March 26 to anyone who requested it. The seder-to-go kit included matzah, seder plate items, a place mat, a bottle of sparkling grape juice, a cup and a haggadah. There was also a seder guide and game for kids.
Volunteers led by Rochel Kaltmann, events coordinator for Chabad Columbus at the Lori Schottenstein Chabad Center in New Albany, put together and distributed the seder kits. Kaltmann said in a news release that although the number of kits was fewer than the 350 seder kits requested last year, she believes as more people become vaccinated and are able to shop for themselves, the need for the kits is reduced. However, the need won’t go away completely, she said, and Chabad will continue to provide the kits each year for Jews who are homebound, hospitalized or in a rehab facility.
“That’s the Chabad way,” said Rabbi Areyah Kaltmann, director of Chabad Columbus, in the release. “When there’s a problem, we can’t turn our backs on our fellow Jews. It’s our responsibility to help.”
Rochel Kaltmann stated, “When you’re doing what you’re here for, it just comes naturally. We gave everyone the support they needed so they wouldn’t feel like they were without loved ones. Our goal was that no one should feel alone on Passover.”