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 personifies 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.


The work of the Soup Kitchen is made possible through the generosity of our donors.

We hope you will consider a gift to support this important work. Click here to make a donation online.

If you prefer to make a donation by check, please make it 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

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