Serving the Jewish elderly on the Lower East Side

Our Story

Project Ezra is a nonprofit organization that helps frail Jewish elderly to live with dignity, companionship and community on NYC’s Lower East Side. Founded in 1972, we provide elders with a spectrum of social services, community activities and home help.

handwritten signProject Ezra was founded to bring light and joy into elders’ lives, inspired by the activism of the 1960s, the principle of tikkun olam and the Yom Kippur liturgy: “Do not forsake us in our old age; as our strength seeps away, do not abandon us.”

“Ezra” means “help” and that’s our mission—to help elders to address the challenges of aging and to live with dignity and independence. We provide hundreds of elders with a variety of services and activities to reduce their social isolation and to enhance their lives.

Today, over four decades after our founding, the need for our work is more acute than ever. As longevity increases, so do the needs of the elderly population we service. Lower Manhattan is home to thousands of increasingly frail Jewish elders. We are here to help them with the challenges of aging.

Project Ezra is not a member of any federation or umbrella organization. We do not seek or accept government funds. Our existence depends on the support of the community at large.

Some of our important work

Our Programs

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Daily Groups
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Social Work
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Jewish Peoplehood
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Housekeeping
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Russian-Speaking Population
Direct Relief (big)
Direct Relief
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Food Packages and Holiday Celebrations
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ARSP Volunteers

News & Gallery

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Home Concert Debut!

We were delighted to launch a new home concerts program whereby elders host professional musicians for friendly one-on-one concerts! This was made possible thanks to our new partnership with the …