Each year at Rosh Hashanah and Passover, Hakafa volunteers participate in the mitzvah of Maot Chitim. Join Hakafa members and others in the Chicago area's Jewish community in packing and delivering boxes of holiday foods and other necessities!
Maot Chitim refers to the custom of gathering wheat which was then given to the poor for making matzo for Passover. Maot Chitim of Greater Chicago started over a century ago when Rabbis set up card tables in front of their synagogues and distributed a few dollars to the poor for holiday day meals.
Today, Maot Chitim of Greater Chicago has evolved into a year-round volunteer effort searching for the best and most reasonably priced Kosher products, organizing an army of volunteers, setting up a warehouse, locating recipients through the ARK and other social service agencies, packing the products, coordinating an orderly delivery system, delivering the packages and finally closing up and beginning the plans for the next holiday.
In 1997, Maot Chitim wanted to extend the delivery of holiday food to include Rosh Hashanah because of the growing need in the community.
If you would like to make deliveries for Maot Chitim, please contact Hakafa member, Carol Anne Been.
Dates for Rosh Hashanah 2018
Sunday, August 19, 2018 - Rosh Hashanah Packing Day
11:45 AM - Packing of Non-Perishables at Warehouse (Location TBA)
Sunday, August 26, 2018 - Rosh Hashanah Delivery Day
6:00 AM - Packing of Perishables at Warehouse (Location TBA)
9:00-10:30 AM - Pick Up at Warehouse (Location TBA)