HUC-JIR Distributes CityPaks to New York Soup Kitchen Guests

Monday, February 9, 2015


Thanks to a generous donation from The CityPak Project, the HUC-JIR Soup Kitchen distributed over 100 CityPaks to guests on Monday, February 9, 2015. 

The CityPak Project provides a safe, convenient, and versatile backpack uniquely designed to meet the constantly changing needs of the homeless. Based in Chicago, The CityPak Project partnered with High Sierra, a top of the line outdoor products manufacturer, to create durable ballistic nylon backpacks featuring anti-theft webbing loops, multiple compartments, and a rain poncho.  They are built to last in the elements and help keep personal belongings safe.

The HUC-JIR Soup Kitchen has served warm nutritious meals to our homeless and hungry neighbors in the Washington Square area every Monday for over 25 years. The student-run Soup Kitchen personifies the central role that social justice plays in the life of the College-Institute. The Soup Kitchen will be holding its annual benefit, "A Few of Our Favorite Meals," on March 12, 2015 at 6:00 pm. Join us and support the work of the Soup Kitchen.

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding.