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Richmond's Jewish community cooks, delivers more than 800 meals for residents

A dozen Chabad of Richmond volunteers co-ordinated, cooked and delivered the kosher meals to people in need in the city
Volunteers from the Chabad Richmond's LOS meal program co-ordinated, cooked and delivered more than 800 meals for the community

A small army of 12 volunteers cooked more than 800 meals to nourish the body and souls of Richmond residents young and old, singles and families and the working poor.

It was all part of the local Jewish community’s ongoing Light of Shabbat (LOS) meal program last week, just ahead of the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot, with Jewish New Year beginning the evening of Sept. 6.

Since 2011, Chabad Richmond has been running the “community-building” LOS, where volunteers coordinate, plan, shop, cook, bake, package and deliver full, healthy kosher Shabbat meals.

“This is truly a labour of love,” said organizer Chanie Baitelman, co-director of Chabad Richmond.

“Our Light of Shabbat participants rely on these meals. It’s not just about feeding individuals and families, it’s about nourishing their souls as well.” 

Since the pandemic began, over 12,000 kosher Shabbat meals have been prepared and delivered to people in the Richmond community.

All of this is made possible, said Chabad Richmond, through generous donors, many of whom are LOS volunteers themselves.

For information about Jewish New Year programs at Chabad Richmond, go online to