Thank you for being a part of Rebecca’s Tent – the homeless women’s shelter at Shearith Israel. Volunteer cooks prepare delicious, hot kosher meals for 15-17 people every night. A meal can be as simple as hot dogs and beans or as elaborate as one you find in a top class restaurant. It can be dairy, vegetarian, or meat (any meat must kosher). The meal should be delivered to the shelter by 6:30 pm.
The love that our cooks put into their meals is deeply appreciated by our residents and volunteers. In fact, we have evening volunteers who specifically request the night when their favorite cook is doing the honors!
Please sign up to prepare a meal at www.takethemameal.com and use Shelter as the name, and 1180 as the passcode. For questions or additional information, contact Shari Steinberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-556-4717.
Even if you don’t keep kosher, you can participate by: working with someone who does have a kosher kitchen; making a non-meat meal; or by donating foods for breakfast — of kosher instant grits, oatmeal, milk and orange juice, donating food for sack lunches, or contributing paper goods such as toilet tissue, plates and bowls, paper towels, etc.
Here are some details that may be helpful as you prepare a meal for the residents.
Kosher Meal Guidelines
The shelter kitchen is kosher, therefore all parts of the meal must be either milk or meat. Of course, vegetarian (parve) can accompany either. Desserts are welcome, but not necessary. We encourage fresh fruit and vegetables.
Kosher Meal Suggestions
Some suggestions for easy meals are: baked salmon or other fish, frozen fish filets, hot dogs, hearty soup or stew, beans and rice, bean burritos, chicken fingers, hamburgers, sloppy joes, meat or vegetarian chili. Frozen prepared foods are fine if they are kosher. Food may be ordered from Kosher meal providers (see below)
Options for those who don’t have a kosher kitchen
If you don’t keep kosher, you still can prepare a meal. You can work with someone who has a kosher kitchen, make a non-meat meal, purchase prepared foods, or donate foods for breakfast such as kosher instant grits, oatmeal, cereals, milk and orange juice, donating food for sack lunches, or contributing paper goods such as toilet tissue, plates and bowls, paper towels, etc.
Kosher Meal Providers
If you prefer to purchase a meal instead, the following purveyors can supply kosher foods:
Broadway Café 404-329-0888
Chai Peking 404-327-7810
Kosher Gourmet 404-636-1114
Kosher Publix at Toco Hills 404-638-6022
Kosher Kroger at Toco Hills 404-633-8694
Griller’s Pride 770-454-8108
The Resident Manager or other shelter staff usually arrive between 5:45 and 6:00 pm. The doors of the shelter open for residents at 6:30 pm. Please drop off your food between 5:45 and 6:30. If you are going to be later than 6:30, please call the shelter 404-873-3147.
Dinner is served between 7:00 and 7:15 pm.
Meal Drop Off
If you have to drop off food during the day, please contact Shari Steinberg 404-556-4717 to make arrangements. Shearith Israel often can accept food during working hours – 404-873-1743.
There are generally 13 guests, a Resident Manager, a Coordinator and up to 2 volunteers. We ask that you prepare dinner for 15-17 people.
Individual plates are prepared in the kitchen and served to each guest. We have all the disposable plates, napkins, utensils, cups, etc. that are needed. You do not need to bring anything other than the food. Please note that the shelter has condiments such as salad dressings and ketchup.
Your contribution of food keeps the shelter running. Due to your generosity we are able to put 60-80% of our guests into the working world and taking care of themselves. We thank you.