By Keili Cohen
For too many families, the excitement of Purim is punctuated by the looming financial strains of Pesach. Unlike other Yomim Tovim, Pesach requires a complete upheaval. All old food products have to be removed from the home and replaced entirely. This is a huge expense which many simply cannot afford.
Sam Domb, a well-known philanthropist and community leader, heads up annual fundraising efforts to help families in need through this difficult time. Along with the Committee for Food for Needy Families, Mr. Domb will be coordinating a special fund to ensure that all members of the community are able to provide food for their families over the chag.
Each year, efforts are focused on the Manhattan Jewish community, (although unknown has a sizable Jewish population that is poor or near poor) but through his initiatives, Mr. Domb has inspired many community leaders from towns as diverse as Lakewood and Miami to follow his lead.
Mr. Domb’s hope is that, “the people who are blessed with financial success take this opportunity to help those less fortunate to celebrate Pesach with dignity, and that communities around the country be inspired by what we are doing in Manhattan. It is also crucial that we are conscious of the needs of our fellow Jews, and endeavor to ease their burden.”