As the recession drags on,
more people seeking free holiday services —
and more institutions are offering them.
When Rabbi Mathew Hoffman of the Jewish Flame, an outreach organization, put an advertisement in the Pennysaver magazine for his free High Holy Day services, he got an unexpected response.
“A Jewish woman called up, and said she didn’t have food to eat,” said Rabbi Hoffman, who will be leading the group’s Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur services beginning next week in New Rochelle. “My wife cleaned out her freezer and got donations from a neighbor and ran right over with a care package.”