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Shorefront JCC Passover Food Distribution Attracts Hundreds of People

The Brighton Beach-based organization distributed about 5,000 pounds of food to hundreds of people.
(L to R) Sergey Chereshansky, food pantry assistant of SJCC, Tova Chatzinoff-Rosenfeld, director of communications and external affairs JCCGCI, Larisa Boas, executive director of SJCC, Liova Gan volunteer of SJCC, Antonio Reynoso, Brooklyn Borough President and Benni Avshayev, assistant manager of special projects at the Met Council.

The Shorefront Jewish Community Council (SJCC), a Brighton Beach-based nonprofit organization, hosted a Passover food distribution event on Thursday, April 11.

The organization said it distributed close to 5,000 pounds of food to over 400 people, according to a news release.

In the past fiscal year, SJCC’s food pantry has served approximately 27,000 people, compared to just 800 individuals two years ago. Since the beginning of April of this year, the pantry served nearly 2,000 people, the organization said. 

"My family's journey, with my grandparents surviving the Holocaust and our subsequent emigration from Ukraine to NYC as refugees, parallels the experiences of many Shorefront JCC clients," said Larisa Boas, the executive director of SJCC. "Since coming on board in 2021, it has been a profound honor to contribute to a team dedicated to making a tangible difference in the lives of seniors, Holocaust survivors, immigrants and families facing financial hardship."

Founded in 1981, SJCC offers an array of programs and services to address diverse challenges in the south Brooklyn Jewish community. From personalized case management to benefit screenings and cultural orientation, multilingual caseworkers provides support to immigrants and refugees navigating resettlement challenges.