“We have this magical belief in the medicinal qualities of chicken soup,” said Andrea Rosen, who for more than a decade has been delivering chicken soup, applesauce and Jewish challah bread to Skip Anderson and others living with HIV/AIDS. “Thank God for it, really,” said Anderson, a retired minister who has been living with AIDS for more than 25 years. He takes a plethora of pills and, at times, his nausea is so bad that if it weren’t for the chicken soup, which he heralds as “Jewish penicillin,” he wouldn’t eat anything at all.
The soup is prepared by a local Jewish sorority, and members of the Women of B’nai Israel’s Touch of Shabbat program ensure it is delivered to those in need. The program was established in the 1980s at the height of the AIDS epidemic, when those affected were living isolated lives, she said. “So it was important to us to show them that there were people out there who supported them.”
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