Jewish Family Service food pantry hits the brisket jackpot

Submitted by: Jewish Family Service


The Jewish High Holiday of Rosh Hashanah starts Sept. 29 at sundown, and families all across Cincinnati will celebrate with family meals and attending synagogue services. 

But not every family in the Jewish community has the means to serve a hot, kosher meal for the holidays. The Jewish Family Service food pantry provides many of the traditional items that are enjoyed at the High Holidays. Pam Barbash and family have yet again donated a whopping 150 servings of brisket to be shared this holiday season.

When Pam delivered the briskets (as well as 150 boxes of matzo ball soup), she brought along a couple of helpers: her granddaughters. They helped stock the food pantry freezer with the brisket, and in the process learned a valuable lesson about giving back to their community.

The Hebrew word tzedakah literally means righteousness, but in Judaism it’s translated to “giving back/charity,” and Pam takes pride in instilling this important value to her children and her grandchildren. With each generation of Barbashs carrying on this tradition, the food pantry continues to provide the members of Cincinnati Jewish community the help and support they need.

“No one should miss out on the traditions of the High Holidays,” said Barbash. “Everyone should enjoy brisket on Rosh Hashanah!”

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