College Care Packages–Send Them At Your Own “Risk”

As you may have previously read in this blog, I have been sending kosher care packages to my son Sam, since he went away to college last year. This year, he moved into a fraternity house and lo and bohold, his brothers–many of them unfamiliar with “jewish” food–have been loving the care packages. It appears that Sam has taught them of the joy of challah, babka, rugelach, hamentashen and more. Feeling that he “wanted to take this to the next level” and as the Social Chair of the fraternity, Sam, aka Sambassador (to Jewish Culture), asked to me prepare a “Jewish Meal” for 50!! It was a truly momentus occasion as this was the very first time in Allegheny’s history that Hillel and Greek life have come together for an event. Here it is!

The kids were all so interested and appreciative. I got hugs from almost everyone! Even the next day at a fraternity picnic, they were kvelling about the great food and thanking me profusely.
Of course we could not have done this without help from so many people including my Mother, the “Brisket Maven”, my Mother in Law who makes the only kasha varniskes that I have ever liked (truly yummy), friend Elaine for the delicious cabbage and noodles and Gary,
the owner of Beth Haven Inn in Meadville, PA for supervising the heating of 20lbs of brisket. If you are wondering what I cooked, not to worry, I did my share: 4 briskets and potato kugel.
Allegheny College Jewish Lunch Menu
Also thanks to Solomon Sheena, the Allegheny College Hillel advisor whose love of an organized kitchen was invaluable last week as well as Allegheny College President, James H. Mullen Jr, who was a pleasure to have, and was a true sport as I draped the Challah Connection, Got Kosher? apron around his neck (seen in photo below).

The moral of this story is simple: If you want to send your child a kosher college care package, please log right on to our website, but please don’t say I didn’t warn you: they may soon ask you to cook a Jewish meal for 50.



  1. Rima Said,

    April 23, 2010 @ 3:07 pm

    First of all, that son of yours is (sorry for the best word I can find. . .) adorable! The fact that he initiated this idea is quite special. But, the fact that you took the ball and ran with it is not just special, but extraordinary.

    I mean dinner for 50 kids, schlepped from CT to Allegheny? Now that’s devotion! What better way to bring people together than with good food? No doubt your wonderful meal introduced not only new flavors, but also new cultural experiences for the students. The gift that you gave them, preparing and serving traditional Jewish food, is a true act of love for your son and a generosity of heart.

    There’s nothing like a good Jewish meal. And now, 50 more young people know that 🙂

  2. Shari Said,

    April 26, 2010 @ 6:59 am

    What a great story and what dedication! Rima’s comments are excellent. I’m sure your event will be one of those college memories that really stand out.

  3. Andrea Rouda Said,

    March 28, 2012 @ 9:53 am

    Enough with the Jewish Mother bit!

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