Akiba-Schechter students volunteer at Maot Chitim in observance of Pesach

Students from Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School, 5235 S. Cornell Ave., volunteered at Maot Chitim of Greater Chicago’s warehouse on March 18 by boxing nonperishable food for needy Jewish families across Chicago so they can observe the Passover holiday traditionally. – Photo courtesy of Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School

By GABRIELLA CRUZ-MARTÍNEZ
Herald Intern

A group of students from Hyde Park’s Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School volunteered on Sunday, March 18, at the Maot Chitim of Greater Chicago an organization that packages food items to assist needy members of the Greater Chicagoland Jewish community in observance of the Pesach holiday (Passover).

Each holiday, Passover and High Holidays, Maot Chitim of Greater Chicago, Inc., is dedicated to enabling thousands of needy Jewish people to experience the Passover holiday, and more recently Rosh Hashanah, in a traditional and dignified manner,
It delivers approximately 4,500 individual boxes along with bulk shipments to over 25 organizations. In total, the organization helps feed close to 12,000 people per holiday.

At Akiba-Schechter, 5235 S. Cornell Ave., participating in this event has become an annual tradition where students can volunteer and reflect in observance of the holiday.

“Students at Akiba-Schechter have participated in the event for approximately the last seven years,” said Miriam Friedman-Parks, a grade school administrative assistant. “The school allows students over the age of 12 to attend the activity. It’s a great initiative to help out the community and reflect.”