Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Opens Kosher Pantry


chop The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia celebrated the opening of its kosher pantry with a ribbon-cutting ceremony this week. Located adjacent to Children’s Hospital’s main cafeteria, the kosher pantry is a specifically designated room where families can store, prepare and eat their food, relax and daven. The pantry features an array of seforim, books, DVDs and other practical items that a family stuck in the hospital may need and will serve as a great resource for the hundreds of Jewish families who visit CHOP each year. 

In addition, Children’s Hospital now offers a new line of kosher food options from Tuv Taam, available for purchase by patients and families at various locations throughout the hospital. 

This great achievement comes as a culmination of years of advocacy and countless cultural-diversity trainings done by Rabbi Sruli Fried, MSW, Chai Lifeline New Jersey’s regional director, in conjunction with Dr. Noel Rosales.

Dr. Steven M. Altschuler, MD, president and chief executive office of CHOP, began the ceremony with opening remarks. He was followed by Dr. Noel Rosales, director of the Cultural Awareness Initiative at CHOP. Rabbi Sruli Fried then spoke, thanking the CHOP staff for their dedication and culturally-sensitive care towards Jewish families over the years. Lastly, a Chai Lifeline parent and member of CHOP’s family advisory council shared her moving story.

In its quest to make hospital stays as comfortable and convenient as possible for families, Chai Lifeline provides many hospital-based services, including a daily shuttle to and from CHOP, respite in the hospital and the availability of the Chai House. The opening of the pantry is a breakthrough for not only Chai Lifeline, but also for the many families being treated at CHOP.           

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  1. This can only add to the fantastic chesed that is done each day there by Chai Lifeline and the Phili Bikur Cholim. When I was there for one week with my son last year, I got amazing suppers (for me-my son wasn’t even allowed to eat) every day and was able to supplement with food from the little fridge on the floor.

    May we never need to use these conveniences, but it is good to know that they are there.