May 18, 2020
CRANSTON – Touro Fraternal Association recently delivered a catered dinner for 140 front-line workers fighting the daily COVID-19 battle at the Miriam Hospital in Providence. It is one of several efforts being made by Touro, the region’s largest Jewish men’s fraternal organization, to offer assistance during the pandemic.
“As today’s events in the world change our society, Touro continues its century-long support of the community,” said Robert Miller, chairman of Touro’s Community Involvement Committee. “This donation of 140 meals to the emergency room staff at Miriam Hospital is the least we can do to show our support.”
Touro Board Chairman Alan Lury explained that choosing to assist the Miriam doctors, nurses and other staff members was a logical choice given the hospital’s deep roots in the Jewish community. Miriam was founded in 1926 by the mothers of eight Jewish doctors who were told their sons were not allowed to practice medicine at another hospital in Rhode Island.
With families throughout the state struggling during the COVID crisis, Touro has also made significant donations to the Louis & Goldie Chester Kosher Food Pantry, operated by Jewish Collaborative Services, the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, and the Ronald McDonald House, which assists families of hospitalized children.
Although regular in-person social events have been postponed during the pandemic, Touro is continuing to meet on a virtual basis.
On behalf of Touro Fraternal Association, Community Involvement Committee Chairman Bob Miller and Harmony Lodge President Larry Berman present meals for front-line doctors, nurses and staff at the Miriam Hospital in Providence in appreciation of their dedicated service throughout the COVID-19 crisis. The donation was accepted by Emergency Room nurses.