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New Hempstead Group Sends Passover Foods To Troops Overseas

Young Jewish members of the military can get a little taste of home thanks to the efforts of the Rockland nonprofit, Kosher Troops.
Young Jewish members of the military can get a little taste of home thanks to the efforts of the Rockland nonprofit, Kosher Troops. Photo Credit: Kosher Troops/Facebook
Founders Sara Truzman-Fuerst, far left, and Ava Avidar-Hamburger, far right, stand with young volunteers in the warehouse where the packages are prepared for Jewish troops here in the U.S. and overseas.
Founders Sara Truzman-Fuerst, far left, and Ava Avidar-Hamburger, far right, stand with young volunteers in the warehouse where the packages are prepared for Jewish troops here in the U.S. and overseas. Photo Credit: Kosher Troops/Facebook
Volunteers package up goodies for Jewish troops overseas.
Volunteers package up goodies for Jewish troops overseas. Photo Credit: Kosher Troops/Facebook

NEW HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Jewish troops stationed here and overseas will get Passover packages jammed with holiday goodies like matzo and macaroons thanks to a Rockland group.

Kosher Troops started as a bat mitzvah project and has since blossomed into a nonprofit organization that sends thousands of holiday packages to military personnel all over the world, says co-founder Ava Avidar-Hamburger.

She and Sara Truzman-Fuerst had put their heads together in 2008 to help Sara’s daughter come up with the project around the Purim holiday.

Now Avidar-Hamburger estimates that this year alone, the packages filled with grape juice, gefilte fish, bitter herb roots and more will reach about 900 troops.

The all-volunteer organization has drawn help from local schools and Jewish organizations, she said.

The food is donated by companies like Aron Streits, Manischewitz and Osem, according to Kosher Troops’ website.

The group, which prepares the packages in a warehouse in Valley Cottage, is now in the process of raising funds to help defray shipping costs, she said.

To visit Kosher Troops’s website, click here.

Avidar-Hamburger said folks can raise awareness and support the troops, by sharing the following link with friends and family: www.youcaring.com/koshertroops-550894

The group's mailing address is Kosher Troops. 8 Pleasant Ridge Road, New Hempstead, N.Y. 10977

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