“Maot Chitim” refers to the gathering of wheat, which was given to the poor for making matzo for Passover. Over 100 years ago, Maot Chitim of Greater Chicago began when Rabbis set up card tables in front of their synagogues to collect donations for the poor to assist with holiday meals. Because of the growing need, which included an increase in immigrants from the former Soviet Union, Maot Chitim evolved into a year-round, volunteer-driven organization that searches for kosher products at the best possible prices for Jewish holiday deliveries.
Chicago is home to the fifth largest Jewish population in the United States, and the need for our services is very real.
Your Donations Will Feed More Than 15,000 for Rosh Hashanah
Thanks to you, Rosh Hashanah 2017 will feed more people than last year! As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, your monetary donation to Maot Chitim of Greater Chicago is tax-deductible.
Our Way of Worship: Traditional Foods and Rites for Yom Kippur 2017
There are many organizations that help feed, clothe, and house Chicago’s needy. But most of them cannot offer the specialized foods and items needed for our way of worship. Your donation to Maot Chitim goes beyond the basics; it restores dignity to our neighbors when they need it most.
In the U.S., one-third of Holocaust survivors live at or below the poverty level. While we celebrate the centrality of Jewish life during Simchat Torah, let us not forget those who need to be reassured they are not alone.
Help Wanted: Contributions, Volunteers
Your children and grandchildren look to you to set an example of giving, and that includes time. About three weeks before, we need volunteers to package foods for those who otherwise would not be able to observe our holidays in a dignified, traditional manner.
Ways to Give
Helping a person will not necessarily change the world,
but it will change the world for one person.
Contact us or call 847-674-3224 to help!