is a soup kitchen
preparing meals for
Crossroads Rhode Island,
in downtown Providence.
Kitchen is a Sunday soup kitchen. Food is prepared at Congregation Beth
Sholom on the East Side of Providence and is served at Crossroads Rhode
Island in downtown Providence. We are an
organization and we’d love to have you join us!
According to Jewish
tradition, “Ohel Avraham” (the tent of the patriarch Abraham) had four
entrances, each facing one of the four directions, so that those in need
would behold the promise of relief from every side. Judy's Kindness
Kitchen seeks to emulate the example of Abraham by providing meals to
our neighbors in need.
Our goal is to run a soup kitchen that:
• provides warm,
nourishing meals in a locale that is convenient to those in need
strengthens our Providence community by encouraging members of different
groups to work together
• secures funding and a broad volunteer
commitment to assure sustainability over the long-term
Crossroads Rhode Island, the largest homeless services organization in
the state, provides for those in need in the Providence area, but no
meals were served on Sunday. Judy's Kindness Kitchen has offered to
prepare and serve a warm meal at Crossroads on Sunday. We also provide
sandwiches for Crossroads’ outreach van.
Congregation Beth Sholom, 275 Camp Street, Providence RI. (Directions).
Meals are prepared in the institutional kitchen and served in downtown
Providence at the Crossroads center.
Sunday Morning, food preparation from 8:30 am to 10:00 am. Food is
served at Crossroads from 10:30 am to 11:30.
A warm, nourishing Kosher meal (hearty vegetarian soup
and tuna and peanut butter sandwiches). We prepare 350 sandwiches
and 200 cups of soup.
The soup kitchen is open to all (guests and volunteers) without regard
to race, sex, religion, ethnic background or age. We are staffed
entirely by volunteers and based at Congregation Beth Sholom, an
Orthodox Jewish synagogue, in partnership with Crossroads Rhode Island,
the largest homeless services organization in the state.
The soup kitchen was founded by Barry Bessler and Deborah Kutenplon and
the Congregation Beth Sholom Social Action Committee.
Outreach - Our web
site, designed and maintained by
MoonRivers MEDIA, is an important
link between Judy's Kindness Kitchen and our community of guests,
volunteers and supporters.
Ongoing outreach will occur through Crossroads Rhode Island.
– Grants and
both monetary and in-kind, support Judy’s Kindness Kitchen. Vic Werber
and Dr. David Mandelbaum are major supporters, in honor of Judy
Mandelbaum, after whom the soup kitchen is named.
Upon reading about
Judy you'll understand why Judy's Kindness Kitchen is such a perfect way to
honor her memory.
Judy, her brother Victor and their parents, Freda
and Murray Werber, at Victor's Bar Mitzvah in 1942
Judy age 31, after having 5 kids
The Providence connection: Judy's father, Murray Werber, came to Providence from Russia in 1907, at
the age of 3. He lived in the University Heights area and attended Hope
High School for a year, then moved with his family to New York in 1918.
Judy's son, David, came to Providence from New Jersey in 2003.
Her parents elope!:
In New York Murray fell in love with Freda Perlberg and they eloped when
Freda was 15 years old and Murray was 19! Freda snuck out of the house to
get married (she borrowed her sister's fur piece). It was predicted that
the marriage wouldn't last a year; it lasted until Murray died 70 years
later. Judy was born about a year after the wedding, when Freda was 16.
Her brother Victor was born 5 years later.
Jewish Education for Girls!:
Judy was in the first class of the Shulamith Hebrew School for Girls in
Boro Park and later attended Crown Heights Yeshiva. She was among the
first graduates of a Hebrew Teacher's College, Beit Midrash L'Morot.
Judy's family: Judy married Rabbi Bernard Mandelbaum in 1945. He was a rabbinical student
at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America at the time. They had 5
children: Joel, Dasi, David, Debbie and Naomi. (Debbie and Naomi are
identical twins and the obstetrician did not tell the expecting couple
they were having twins until after the first baby was delivered; it was a
different world). There are 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
While still raising her children, Judy attended Teacher's College of
Columbia University, getting a Masters in Guidance. She later earned an
MSW from Adelphi University and studied Family Therapy at the Ackerman
Institute (when Dr. Nathan Ackerman was still teaching), a revolutionary
concept at the time. She worked as a Family Therapist at the Jewish Board
of Family Services until she became ill. She tragically died from cancer
in 1980, at the age of 56.
Memories: On top of all her accomplishments, everyone who knew Judy comments on how
beautiful she was. She was the most gracious host. She understood that
sharing meals with loved ones provides not just physical but emotional
sustenance as well. Her marble cake, chulunt and vegetable soup were
legendary and our Passover Seder was a glorious event. Judy's home was a
perfect reflection of her: beautiful and, at the same time, warm and
welcoming. She was the best mom a kid could have and she is still missed
Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, speaking at Judy's funeral, concluded: "She died
on erev Shabbat, after a life of labor, struggle and accomplishment. Her
six days were abbreviated but they were full of beauty and achievement,
elegance and competence, love and piety."
Ayshet Chayil Mi Yimtza... V'at Aleet Al Kulanah...
A Woman of Valor Who Shall Find... And You Surpass Them All...