Everyday that I am in this city, I discover another reason why I love it, but on the day that I stopped into the Sirovich Center, I was truly proud to be a New Yorker. I could not help but tear up when the caring people I met explained what the mission of their organization is. For over twenty-five years the center has been offering a variety of classes, social events, and counseling in an effort to support Holocaust survivors, seniors, the homeless, and any others of the Jewish faith who are struggling in life. They are cared for and attention is given to each of their specific needs - no one is left to manage life on their own, if they are unable. Within the center is a soup kitchen, Project Ore, which provides family-style kosher meals. The commitment and compassion that everyone shares at the Center is heart-warming. I encourage anyone who is interested to visit their website, and consider helping out.
Although there are many around the country, the New York branch of this enrichment center operates independently, inviting people in their 20's and 30's to engage in Jewish enrichment programs. By celebrating the Jewish holidays, participating in education classes, sharing in a Shabbat dinner, learning Hebrew, becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah or just allowing young people to "increase their love of Judaism, " the JEC is a welcoming environment to many, including the Birthright Israel Alumni Community.