Shiva Delivers - Jews In Solidarity with Black Grief
When someone in our community passes away it is customary for us to attend a Shiva and bring food to our friends and family who are grieving. We do this to show our support, and to alleviate any small bit of stress like sorting out feeding oneself.
This past week has been one of grief for Black folks. Not only have Black lives been disproportionately impacted and lost due to COVID-19, but we have witnessed police officers murder Black people in broad daylight as well as in their own homes (George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Regis Korchinski-Paquet & Tony McDade, may their memories be a blessing).
As Jews, we know what it feels like to experience a collective tragedy, especially in the past two years as anti-Semitic violence has been on the rise. We also know how much it has meant to us when other communities have demonstrated their solidarity. Jews are a multiracial and multiethnic global community. What affects one of us affects all of us. Black Jews and the greater Black community deserve our solidarity now and always (Edit by Shekhiynah Larks).
We are coordinating a collective effort, whereby non-Black Jews cook a dinner meal for a Black household in Vancouver in order to lighten their load and hopefully bring a bit of joy. All we need from you is a commitment to whip up a delicious meal, and WE will deliver it! All food should be prepared (and will be delivered) using proper safety precautions to ensure that nobody's health is at risk of COVID-19. We encourage you to do said cooking with your loved ones, and have critical conversations about unlearning anti-Blackness and racism. It's a beautiful thing when we can hold one another accountable, free of judgement, and keep our hands busy in some challah dough.
This initiative stemmed from our desire to mobilize the Jewish community to provide a simple gesture in the form of a cultural practice that continues to soothe our people in times of grief.
Please fill out some information below to help us coordinate getting Black folks in Vancouver some home cooked Shiva meals for 7 days.
Becca Schwenk & Madison Slobin
*Note: This form is completely private and information provided will only be used by Becca and Madison for the purposes of Shiva Delivers.
What is the best way to get in touch with you?
I would require the meal be picked up from my house
I can drop off the meal at the Shiva Delivers Headquarters (Main & Broadway area)
Please write your address below (if pickup method is preferred)
What dates are you available to cook a meal? Check all that apply (you will not be asked to cook on all the dates you list as available)
June 7, Sunday
June 8, Monday
June 9, Tuesday
June 10, Wednesday
June 11, Thursday
June 12, Friday
June 13, Saturday
June 14, Sunday
How many people are you able to cook for (what sized household)?
What would you like to cook? Please list the components of your meal (Eg. Brisket, potatoes, salad, kugel, lasagna, etc.)
What allergies, preferences, or intolerances would you be able to accommodate based on the dishes you wish to cook?
All food should be prepared and handled using proper COVID-19 safety precautions (using gloves, clean containers, sanitized surfaces, etc). Please check the box below if you will adhere to the necessary safety precautions to keep everyone safe from COVID-19.
Yes, I will take the necessary precautions to ensure everyone in the community stays safe
Any questions, comments, or concerns?
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