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 …
Serving the Jewish elderly on the Lower East Side
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.
Project 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
Food Packages and Holiday Celebrations
"Your contribution will help Project Ezra to provide frail and isolated elders with food, companionship, home help, days out, and much more. To make a tax-deductible donation to Project Ezra, please fill out and submit the form on our Donate Now page. Thank you for your support and for being part of the Project Ezra community!"
News & Gallery
Project Ezra’s Jayne Skoff visits ARSP in Israel Jayne Skoff of ARSP partner Project Ezra in New York took the opportunity to …
An inter-generational Sunday morning program where Yiddish music feeds the soul.
An Ezra elder tells the 8th graders of North Shore Hebrew Academy about how she was hidden in a convent, smuggled to Israel, where she was imprisoned by the British, …
Jack Lemmon once said that death ends a life, not a relationship. Hilda’s and my relationship was very special, it shaped me a lot and will therefore always accompany me. …