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Tomchei Shabbos

Tomchei Shabbos is the name for several Jewish charities in different communities, which are not all affiliated with one another. The Hebrew name means "supporters of the Sabbath." Thus, the charity's mission is to provide food and other supplies so that poor Jews can celebrate the Sabbath and the Jewish holidays.


  • Tomchei Shabbos of Rockland County 1
  • Tomchei Shabbos of Bergen County 2
  • Tomchei Shabbos of Los Angeles 3
  • Tomchei Shabbos of Miami 4
  • Tomchei Shabbos of Queens 5
  • External links 6

Tomchei Shabbos of Rockland County

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Tomchei Shabbos of Bergen County

Three women - Chani Schmutter, Lori Frank, and Claire Strauss - founded Tomchei Shabbos in Bergen County, New Jersey (Teaneck, Bergenfield, and Fair Lawn) in 1990. As of 2012, Tomchei Shabbos supported 180 Jewish families in the area. 1

The agency does have its own website,

Tomchei Shabbos of Los Angeles

Tomchei Shabbos of Los Angeles was founded by three Orthodox rabbis in 1977. A 2003 article in the Los Angeles Jewish Journal stated that over 200 Jewish families rely on the volunteer organization for weekly donations.

Tomchei Shabbos of Miami

In 2009 Rabbi Saj Freiberg of Miami took a couple of Jewish boys to New York. Including Ariel Levy, Daniel Hoffman, David Levy and Roy Cohen. After going into the city and visiting different museums there was one very unexpected stop, Tomchei Shabbos of Rockland County. Baruch Hashem that the bus stopped there to help package the foods on Thursday, there was instant inspiration. In July 2009 after returning from the trip to New York with the help of Ha Kadosh Baruchu Tomchei Shabbos of Miami was started.

Tomchei Shabbos of Queens

Founded in 1979 by a group of young men in Forest Hills, and has since moved to Kew Gardens, Queens. It operates every Wednesday night, with volunteers from diverse Jewish backgrounds, arranging food packages which are then delivered to the needy, by many local volunteers. It is currently responsible for the delivery of approximately 350 packages weekly. With its low overhead and no salaries, most of the money goes directly into providing food for community members.

External links

  • Tomchei Shabbos of Queens (New York City)
  • Tomchei Shabbos of Los Angeles
  • Tomchei Shabbos of Toronto
  • Tomchei Shabbos of Phoenix (Arizona)
  • Tomchei Shabbos of Miami
  • Tomchei Shabbos of Passaic
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