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Jewish Family in Texas Turns Hundreds of Kippahs Into Face Masks for Local Homeless Community

A Jewish family in Houston, Texas, is collecting kippahs, also known as yarmulkes, and converting them into face masks to help protect the homeless population in their hometown.

Teen brothers Matthew and Jeremy Jason volunteer every Friday in downtown Houston with the organization Food Not Bombs, a non-profit that feeds the hungry in over 1,000 cities in 65 countries. One Friday night after the COVID-19 pandemic started, the Jason family gathered for Shabbat dinner and brainstormed the idea of turning their religious skullcaps into face masks for the area’s homeless population, Matthew explained in a YouTube video.

The family has collected many kippahs from various special occasions over the years and “we decided to put them to good use,” Matthew, a high school sophomore and the youngest of three brothers, told the Good News Network.

The siblings asked their synagogue, Congregation Brith Shalom, to help collect kippahs, and a drive-thru collection box was set up at the temple so congregants could drop off their extra yarmulkes. The family is calling their campaign “Kippahs to the Rescue.”

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