I recently saw an article about Shouk, a restaurant in Washington, D.C., that was damaged during the first days of the George Floyd protests.
The restaurant owner responded by issuing the following statement:
“While we are sad that this has happened, we continue to stand in solidarity with those marching to make their voices heard. Rebuilding our restaurant is easy compared with the hard work we all must do to address the structural injustice that plagues our communities. Black Lives Matter.”
I thought it was very decent of him to see past the obviously upsetting damage to his restaurant and think of the big picture and those who need his solidarity. I wanted to show my support, and thought of a way to do two mitzvahs in one go: to place an order from Shouk and have the food sent to a local D.C. shelter. I'm happy to have made contact with House of Ruth, a shelter that provides services for homeless people and victims of domestic violence. Check out their website, which includes their full mission statement, at https://houseofruth.org/.
I'm arranging to have a delivery of 30 meals from Shouk to House of Ruth at the beginning of July. 30 meals comes to $390. If you'd like to join in with this effort, I'd be glad to have your contribution. If we exceed $390, we can add additional days of food delivery.