Soup Kitchen

Every Monday for over 25 years, the HUC-JIR Soup Kitchen has served warm nutritious meals to our homeless and hungry neighbors in the Washington Square area. The student-run Soup Kitchen exemplifies the central role that social justice plays in the life of the College-Institute. It is a tangible way that we fulfill Isaiah's prophetic call to share our bread with the hungry and bring the homeless into our house.

The Soup Kitchen creates an intimate and comforting atmosphere by serving our guests at their tables and engaging them in conversation. The HUC-JIR Clothing Closet distributes free seasonal second-hand clothing, shoes, and portable hygiene supplies. In partnership with the NYU School of Law, we provide pro bono legal aid to our guests. We have recently expanded our services to also provide nutritional advice for our guests to help them make healthy choices on a limited budget.  In addition, with the help of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, we hope to train our guests with the skills to advocate for themselves and their particular needs. 

The Soup Kitchen brings middle school, high school, and college students from congregations throughout the tri-state area to the College-Institute to explore Jewish values of social justice and gain an understanding of the endemic problem of hunger through hands-on service, study, and reflection.

For more information, please contact us at hucsoupkitchen@gmail.com.

 

Support the HUC-JIR Soup Kitchen

The work of the Soup Kitchen is made possible through the generosity of our donors. The support of the students, faculty, administration, Board of Governors, Boards of Overseers, and friends of the College-Institute community ensure that the Soup Kitchen is able to provide meals to our guests throughout the year. We hope you will consider a gift to support this important work. Donate to the Soup Kitchen annual campaign.

Partner with us on our first capital campaign! The Soup Kitchen plays a critical role in feeding our neighbors. To meet our demand, our kitchen needs to be updated. With the ever-growing use of our services, we envision a kitchen with a powerful oven that can heat highly desired dishes like red meat, professional-grade stoves, and an abundance of new countertops to give our volunteers space to prepare even more dishes. A renovated facility will help us to feed hearty meals to many more in need. Donate to the Soup Kitchen capital campaign

If you prefer to make a donation by check: Please make your check payable to "Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion" with "Soup Kitchen" in the memo field and mail it to the following address:

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
One West Fourth Street
New York, NY 10012

 

Join the Soup Kitchen Celebration

Every Spring, we host a wonderful evening to benefit the HUC-JIR Soup Kitchen. The 2017 Soup Kitchen Celebration took place on February 23 from 6-9 pm. If you have an item to donate to the 2018 Soup Kitchen silent auction, please let us know.  

 

Volunteer at the Soup Kitchen

Rabbi Eleazar ben Azariah said...

"Without bread, there is no Torah. Without Torah, there is no bread."
Mishnah Avot, 3:17

Every Monday evening, the Soup Kitchen welcomes approximately 100 guests - whether homeless or simply in need of a meal. In autumn, winter, and spring, we serve a hot meal, with an emphasis on nutrition: salad, main course, and side dishes, as well as supplementary fruit, cookies, milk, juice, coffee, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. During the summer, we serve bagged sandwiches, fruit, cookies, and drink.

Volunteers from around the New York area, including high school and college students, help HUC-JIR students and community volunteers prepare and serve meals. In addition, volunteers assist in running our Clothing Closet.

We invite you to join our efforts. The following is our schedule:

Time Work
3:15 pm Begin hot meal and salad preparation. Set up dining area and Clothing Closet.
4:15 Visiting volunteer groups arrive for education and orientation session.
5:00 Guests arrive - greeted with smiles, offered food, clothing, toiletries, and more.
6:00 Guests leave. Volunteers clean up dining room, kitchen, and bathrooms.
6:30 Recap - reflective learning (often with pizza, as provided by visiting volunteer groups).

*In the summer, we begin food preparation at 3:30 pm. We serve from 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm and clean-up from 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm.

Does your youth group want to participate in a mitzvah? Please contact hucsoupkitchen@gmail.com.

Can't come to HUC-JIR to volunteer? There are other ways to help! Our guests are in need of clothing, shoes, coats, and toiletries. Collect them, and we'll be delighted to pass them out. To make a donation to the Soup Kitchen, please contact hucsoupkitchen@gmail.com.

"I've worked in many Soup Kitchens in the area, and none of them have the spirit that I find here."
- Amy, high school volunteer

 

Contact Us

For more information, please contact us at hucsoupkitchen@gmail.com.