Kosher Senior Cafés
Isolated seniors in our community often find it difficult to make or buy nutritious meals. They may also lack meaningful social interaction, which has been shown to improve quality of life and even extend lifespans. JCS’s Kosher Senior Cafés are designed to meet both needs.
A Gathering Place for Food and Fun
The Kosher Senior Cafés in Providence and Cranston offer delicious kosher lunches and an opportunity to socialize for older adults and those with disabilities. Activities and entertainment contribute to the fun social atmosphere, drawing participants into a vibrant community.
Who Can Come?
All seniors age 60 and older, as well as younger adults with a disability, are eligible to dine at the Kosher Senior Cafés. Other adults may also participate for a higher contribution (see below). Meals are provided by Ahava, a local kosher catering company.
The Kosher Senior Cafés are part of Jewish Collaborative Services’ kosher nutrition program. For those who are unable to travel, JCS also offers Kosher Meals on Wheels.
Reservations and Costs
Reservations are required two days in advance for meals. There is a suggested donation of $3 per meal for eligible adults to cover some costs of the café. Non-eligible adults may purchase a meal for $6.50. There is no charge for scheduled social activities.
All donations are made anonymously, and no eligible participants are turned away if they are unable to give a donation. Generous contributions from the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island and individual donors help keep the costs of this program minimal.
Transportation to and from each site may be available for local residents for a small fee. Diners eligible for transportation include those living in Providence or Pawtucket (for the Providence café) and those living in Warwick or Cranston (for the Cranston café).
Two Convenient Sites
Cranston Kosher Senior Café
The Cranston Kosher Senior Café is located at Temple Sinai, 30 Hagen Avenue, Cranston, RI. The café offers a hot kosher meal and an opportunity to socialize once a week, on Fridays at noon.
Providence Kosher Senior Café
The Providence Kosher Senior Café is in the Dwares JCC at 401 Elmgrove Avenue, Providence, RI. Meals are served Monday through Friday at noon. An activity or entertainment follows.
These lunches are generously supported by The Jewish Alliance of Greater RI, Blackstone Health, and The State Department of Healthy Aging, & with the help of a dedicated group of volunteers.
Support the Kosher Senior Cafés
You can support the Kosher Senior Cafés by volunteering or by designating funds in giving to Jewish Collaborative Services.
Our volunteers help make mealtime special for isolated seniors and disabled adults. Volunteers help with meal service at our locations in Providence (Monday through Friday at noon) and Cranston (Friday at noon).
You can support the Kosher Senior Cafés by designating “Kosher Nutrition” when you make a donation to JCS. You’ll be helping local seniors get the nutrition and social experiences they need to lead healthy, happy lives.