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Care packages for Rosh Hashana in Newton

Posted by Katrina Ballard  September 7, 2010 12:00 PM

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Beginning at sunset Wednesday, Rosh Hashana marks the start of the Jewish New Year, and is one of the faith’s High Holy Days. To make the season more meaningful, Hebrew SeniorLife, a nonprofit health care provider, will offer care packages of food, candles, and prayer books to more than 700 Jewish seniors across Greater Boston.

‘‘The care package program was started in 2004,’’ said Shani Traum, who manages it for Hebrew SeniorLife. ‘‘When we started, there were around 120 seniors. Now there are over 700, 130 in Newton and Brookline alone.’’

Recipients must be over 70, but volunteers to coordinate and deliver the care package come from all walks of life, she said. The program will also deliver care packages for Hanukkah and Passover, and is looking for volunteers in November to help with the Hanukkah season.

The program is free, and recipients do not have to prove physical or financial hardship to participate. Traum said residents interested in receiving care packages or volunteering for the Hanukkah season should contact Hebrew SeniorLife at 781-247-8150.

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