In memory of Rabbi Gabi and Rebbetzin Rivky Holtzberg,
who brought the light of Shabbat to Jewish people of all backgrounds in Mumbai, India.

Every Friday, the Light of Shabbat (LOS) Program delivers bags with items and food for Shabbat. These bags are sent to newcomers, new parents, those in mourning, those who moved home, the elderly, those recovering from surgery, and many more reasons. We are constantly reaching out to additional recipients. Sharon Fitch, LOS coordinator, is always looking for volunteers. If you are available on some Friday mornings to help deliver packages, please contact Sharon at [email protected]


 The Light of Shabbat Program is co-supported by JFVVI - Jewish Federation of Victoria and Vancouver Island


The goals of the Light of Shabbat Program are: 

  • To bring the light of Shabbat into Jewish homes by delivering Shabbat bags with food and other items on Fridays
  • To spread this mitzvah through the dedication of volunteers
  • To foster community spirit

Every Friday, select Jewish homes on the Island receive a “Shabbat-kit” that includes some basic items for the Shabbat table bringing the light of joy of Shabbat to their home.


If you would like to volunteer for this AMAZING project - please email  [email protected]

Participating Volunteers


           Drivers         Telephoners

Lindy Shortt

Cal Goodman

Amanda Edmunds

Ally Pony

Neomi Summers

Irv Brody 

Linda Green

Fiona Prince

Ireta Fisher Cowall

Terry Globman

Barbara Borenstein

Jeff & Nancy Slater

Linda Bonder


Ed Fitch

Genevieve Brandt

Elisabeth Gelb

Jeanette Cohen











Advisor: Rabbi Meir Kaplan

Advisor: Chani Kaplan

Coordinator: Sharon Fitch