In 2002, Yecheskel Friedman and Elchonon Gross met, became friends and Torah learning partners. Year after year they continued learning together, including the period of time in 2008 when Yecheskel became seriously ill. Yecheskel was confined to his “4 walls” as he called it while he recovered through the next few years. It was during the darkest of times for him and those around him, that the idea of Ezras Cholim’s began.
Ezras Cholim of Phoenix a project of Ezras Cholim of Arizona was started in 2015 by a group of dedicated volunteers to serve the needs of people facing illness in the Greater Phoenix Jewish community. Our mission began to help Jewish patients and their family members meet their basic needs, so that they can focus their energy on receiving the best possible medical care.
In 2016 Ezras Cholim began renting a space at a community synagogue building in Phoenix. This allowed us to expand our opportunities to help the community as we now had a location to organize our efforts.
In 2017, Ezras Cholim was asked to operate a Sabbath pantry aiding the sick and needy in their difficult times to enjoy the Sabbath and Jewish Holidays, Tomchei Shabbos (“Support of the Sabbath”).
Ezras Cholim launched the Arizona Kosher Food Pantry in 2018, giving us the opportunity to aid the needy on a daily basis at our location. The Kosher Food Pantry is a part of a national food-pantry network called Feeding America.
In 2019, Ezras Cholim and the Arizona Kosher Pantry moved to a new location. We saw it as an opportunity to grow as the location has 2 buildings, effectively doubling the size from our old location.