Colel Chabad - What’s Happening


Terror Victim Shir Hajaj, Beloved Volunteer for Colel Chabad

To an outsider, the claims of Israeli society as a tight-knit family might sound like a cliché, but when it comes to times of tragedy, this reality takes on even greater truth.

For the Colel Chabad family, the terror attack in Jerusalem on Sunday directly struck its extended community. Among the four young victims—all of them soldiers in the early months of their training—was a dedicated Chesed Menachem Mendel tutor, Shir Hajaj, only 22 years old.


Chanukah -- We never forget the most forgotten children

This Chanukah – like every Chanukah – teams of Colel Chabad volunteers are fanning out to some 50 hospitals and residential facilities for severely handicapped children. Dressed as clowns, they pull out all the stops to make parties for the boys and girls who languish in children’s wards while healthy children are home and school celebrating.

Many of the hospitalized children are suffering from very serious illness. Others have a more favorable prognosis. Yet all sick children feels alone and abandoned at a time like this.


Chabad program brings Hanukkah joy to the severely handicapped

In celebration of Hanukkah, the Colel Chabad charitable organization has announced increased investment in a program to bring holiday joy to severely physically and mentally handicapped youth. The effort is intended to reach over 2,500 children in centers all over the country.

In addition to their hospital visits and toy distribution for the sick and injured planned for the larger hospitals, Colel Chabad found that far less attention is paid to the severely handicapped, many of whom are confided for long-term care in facilities for the disabled.


10,000 Needy Families to Receive NIS 4,500 Annually for Food

In two months' time a national initiative for nutritional security will finally get underway. Haaretz was informed that the families would be receiving a debit card which will be reloaded monthly in the amount of NIS 245 toward the acquisition of food in stores and markets, as well as an additional NIS 130 for the purchase of fruits and vegetables.

Following years of discussions, the National Initiative for Food Security will finally get underway: this being the first time that the State will be supplying food to indigent families - totaling thousands of shekels per year - on a monthly basis...


Orphans celebrate with Colel Chabad and the Barads

Rabbi Duchman and the Barad Family.

It was with mixed feelings that I entered the Gutnick Hall last week, where we had been invited to the scholarship presentations.

Together with my husband, we had held 2 daughter's weddings there. Now I had to be brave and enter alone with my young daughters. Tamar my 15 year old had diligently sent in test results all year as she had been coaxed by the ever loving group Co ordinator Sari that "it will really be worth it." How prophetic her words were....


Psagot Winery Visitors Center: Chesed Menachem Mendel Awards Student Success

A special celebration was held at the Psagot Winery Visitors Center, located outside of Jerusalem, Israel, on Monday evening. Chesed Menachem Mendel - Early Intervention for Young Orphans, held its end-of-the-school year scholarship and award ceremony for the Binyamin region. One mother who attended told BJL, when "I talk about it, I cry."

Chabad communities around the world, mark 12 Tammuz with celebrations remembering the birthday of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn in 1880, and the anniversary of his release from prison in Soviet Russia in 1927. Colel Chabad is Israeli's oldest continuously running social services network. Since 1788, it has developed multiple chesed projects throughout Israel, supplying food and a wide range of services to the needy.


The Colel Chabad Chanukah Parties Program for Hospitalized Children Extends far beyond hospitals

Jerusalem, Sunday December 9, 2012 Among its myriad food distribution and social service projects in Israel, Colel Chabad -- Israel's oldest continuously operating charity (est. 1788) -- has a long-standing tradition of bringing Chanukah parties and toys to hospitalized children. The all-volunteer programs include clowns, music, menorah lighting, sufganiyot (traditional Chanukah donuts) and latkes to children at Schneider Children's Hospital, Tel Hashomer, Wolfson, Barzilai, Kaplan, Soroka More...



Comprehensive Pesach food solutions from Colel Chabad It goes without saying that Colel Chabad's network of 22 United Soup Kitchens will be operating in full force over the Passover holiday. These free restaurants for the poor will be serving up thousands of Passover meals each day to the indigent, the homeless and the aged. Just in time for the holiday we have opened our newest soup kitchen in the oldest part of Bet Shemesh, catering to an impoverished community of Ethiopian immigrants, Holocaust survivors and others in dire need of food security. The new kitchen is being operated More...


"Nearly 1,000 attend Colel Chabad's International Awards Dinner Monday, December 19, 2011, NY Hilton, Grand Ballroom"

Colel Chabad, the oldest continuously operating Tzedakah in Israel, celebrated its International Awards Dinner in the Grand Ballroom of the New York Hilton on Monday night. The evening began with a warm welcome from Mr. Richard Born, the Rebbe's Kapitel read by Rabbi Getzy Rubashkin and the prayer for the nation, written by the Friediker Rebbe, read by Mr. Kenneth Dicher. Following was a magnificent video which was produced especially for the evening. Rabbi Sholom Duchman, Director of Colel Chabad, gave his annual More...


"World Record -- 109 Simultaneous Bar Mitzvahs in Jerusalem"

Colel Chabad Organizes 20th Mass Bar Mitzvah for Orphans. One expects the drinks to flow at a Bar Mitzvah party. Tears, however are less common. Yet they flowed freely at the Western Wall on Monday, April 11 as 109 orphaned boys from all over Israel, and from all backgrounds -- Ashkenazi and Sephardi, observant and non-observant, sabras and recent immigrants -- celebrated their Bar Mitzvahs with the participation of their single parents, siblings, grandparents and friends. The Bar-Mitzvah which was preceded by months of individual instruction and preparation was done More...


"We can't eradicate poverty, but we can eradicate hunger."

With these words, Colel Chabad launched its High Holidays 5771 campaign to feed the nearly 1/3 of all Israelis who live below the poverty line. Working hand in hand with the social services departments of Israel's poorest municipalities, pre-holiday lists were drawn up of the neediest and most at-risk households. These lists were prioritized based on family size and need, in order to make sure they received proper nutrition and supplies to cover the entire holiday month from Rosh Hashanah through Simchat Torah. More...


108 Orphans Celebrate Bar Mitzvah - begining at the Western Wall

Chief rabbis and a slew of Knesset legislators came to celebrate Colel Chabad's Bar Mitzvah ceremony for 108 orphans. By Andrew Friedman, In a mass expression of Jewish pride, and reflecting their entry into religious "adulthood," some 108 young men stood at the foot of the Western Wall for a Bar Mitzvah ceremony that many of their parents -- cut down in the prime of their lives -- couldn't witness. Organized by Colel Chabad, a social-welfare institution operating in More...



New Years 5770 Food distribution efforts in full swing... Colel Chabad beefs up its activities significantly in order to meet record demand owing to huge unemployment and recent closing of other food distribution channels... Food deliveries to thousands of families include dry groceries, frozen foods, poultry, fish, cooking oil, condiments and cleansers for the entire holiday month... Colel Chabad's chain of Israel Soup Kitchens also gearing to up serve meals to thousands of indigent elderly, and to deliver fresh holiday meals to the More...


"Sorry, no Heinz ketchup HERE"... Colel Chabad supermarkets: Making the basics affordable...

Colel Chabad supermarkets: Making the basics affordable to those who can't afford the basics If it's Heinz ketchup or other high-priced brands you're looking for, we suggest you don't shop at a Colel Chabad supermarket. But if quality is more important than brand, and you want to save between 30-40% on your groceries and cleansers, there are four spotless, beautifully set-up locations that will cater to most of your More...


Dental Clinics in Major Paradigm Shift - Treatment now free for poor children under 18...

Colel Chabad's burgeoning network of fixed-base and mobile pediatric dental clinics is undergoing major reorganization and expansion in order to serve more children - and serve them better. Under a new partnership arrangement with Keren Lotus (the Lotus Fund) established by Samsung importer and philanthropist Ilan Ben-Dov, Colel Chabad will build, equip and operate the clinics, while Keren Lotus will cover the cost of the dental More...


Scholarship Ceremony for Outstanding Orphans!

Colel Chabad?s efforts on behalf of widows and orphans is hardly news. After all, it?s been the lynchpin of our efforts for over 200 years. In recent years these efforts have been revolutionized through a holistic approach to working with fatherless children. No longer do we just give outright financial help to female-headed households. We also take each child under our wing and provide everything from psychotherapy, to tutoring to music lessons and summer camping. Because money More...



Now in its 220th consecutive year of operations, Colel Chabad takes the lead in food distribution to Israel?s neediest. Each of these neediest families -- their names and financial status are provided by local municipalities -- are receiving groceries, vegetables and poultry each and every month for the entire year No other organization has the experience, the collaborative relationship with local government, or the logistical More...


Bringing the Light of Chanukah to Children Who Live in Darkness

Is there a more festive, fun-filled Jewish family celebration than Chanukah? Eight days of light and gifts, of games and ?gelt?, of donuts and dreidels? No wonder children wait all year for the Festival of Lights. What better way to spend long winter evenings than in the warm embrace of family and friends. But there are children who don?t share this experience. Whose lives are filled with darkness. Who spend year after painful year living in hospitals, devoid of parental love, cut off from More...


Israel Welfare Minister Yitzhak Herzog visits Colel Chabad Food Distribution Centers

Last Updated - September 10, 2007   Israeli Minister of Welfare and Social Services Yitzhak Herzog visited the Colel Chabad packing center in Ashdod, where the organization is preparing shipments for more than 24,000 needy families in advance of Rosh Hashanah.Each shipment contains four boxes and includes fresh chicken – or a voucher for those in locations too far from the packing center to guarantee the quality of the meat – spices, canned foodstuffs and fresh vegetables.  Some 120,000 people living below the poverty level will More...


Widows and Orphans Retreat... A focal point of Colel Chabad is the Crisis...

A focal point of Colel Chabad is the Crisis Intervention Program for Young Widows and Orphans.The highlight of the program are the retreats we sponsor three times a year for such families.Last week, 135 orphans, along with their families enjoyed a fun-packed week at the Dan Pearl Hotel in Yerushalayim. The families left their horrific situations to enjoy a vacation in a beautiful atmosphere while being pampered to the fullest. The retreat gave these families the More...



Now in its 219th consecutive year of operations, Colel Chabad is once again taking the lead in food distribution to Israel’s neediest for Passover.  The logistics are daunting, and the numbers – real and verifiable – tell the story.Each of Israel’s 23,345 neediest families -- their names and financial status are provided by local municipalities -- are this week receiving 170 lbs of Pesach groceries, plus a crate each of vegetables and More...