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After being furloughed, Merrick’s Rachel Rabinowitz gives back to community


Rachel Rabinowitz’s corporate position at Macy’s New York City headquarters was her first major job out of college after acquiring a business degree. Despite a total of four years there, the John F. Kennedy High School alumni, now 26, was furloughed in April as the Covid-19 outbreak grew more severe.

In the interim, instead of staying holed-up in her parents’ Merrick home, Rabinowitz has supported several neighbors in her community and beyond.

“I tried to not really get down about it,” Rabinowitz said. “[Being furloughed] wasn’t based on my performance or anything personal — it’s just what they had to do for the business to stay afloat.”

“So, I just wanted to stay positive and figure out different ways to stay busy,” she added.

Putting her baking skills to use, Rabinowitz started a charitable challah bread-baking business, which is run through her Instagram page, @Challah.at.me_. Limiting her efforts to roughly 50 challahs each week, she delivers them to customers or allows pick up.

After starting the page earlier this month, Rabinowitz has collected more than $1,300, which she donated to No Kid Hungry, a charity that helps feed hungry kids in the United States.

The challahs come in a variety of flavors, including plain, cinnamon sugar and everything bagel, and can be ordered on her Instagram page.

Through Invisible Hands, Rabinowitz has also been delivering groceries to families in need in Merrick and neighboring towns, including East Meadow and Seaford. Despite it being mostly a one-person operation, it’s “nothing too crazy,” she said.

“It’s rewarding,” Rabinowitz said, describing how one appreciative senior left her flowers and a thank-you note. “It’s nice to be able to help people who aren’t young and healthy and feel uncomfortable going out.”

Rabinowitz is currently job searching, she said, while still renting her New York City apartment. She’s keeping expenses minimal by staying with her parents on Long Island.

“Being able to help people while I’m healthy and stable right now is definitely rewarding,” Rabinowitz said. “It’s important to stay positive and think outside of the box when things aren’t what we’re accustomed to.”