Colel Chabad - What’s Happening

3
Apr

Final preparations at their peak in anticpation of world’s largest bar mitzvah celebration

Earlier this week a team of counselors from Kfar Chabad put the finishing touches on plans for the annual Colel Chabad Mass Bar Mitzvah for 115 orphaned boys. The exciting full-day program will commence with a traditional ceremony at the Western Wall Plaza. A special commemorative program booklet is being published for this greatly anticipated event. This annual celebration is one of the fixtures on the Colel Chabad calendar and is organized in honor of the Rebbe.

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26
Mar

This Passover, Heed the Heartbreaking Stories of Israel’s Needy

“For the poor shall never cease out of the land; therefore I command thee, saying: ‘Thou shalt surely open thy hand unto thy poor and needy brother, in thy land.” Deuteronomy 15:11.

Colel Chabad, Israel’s oldest charity, works to ease the suffering of the troubled, impoverished and lonely in Israel. Founded in 1788, they help people of every age, gender, marital status, ethnic background, location, or degree of observance.

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21
Mar

Preparations for annual Gala Bar Mitzvah nearing completion

Colel Chabad is currently completing its preparations for the traditional and exciting Gala Bar Mitzvah event, which is held every year in honor of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, on the occasion of his birthday on the 11th of Nissan. 115 orphans from all over the country will join together this year at an event in Jerusalem.

Beautiful Tefillin have been prepared for the orphan boys entering the yoke of the mitzvot in a moving ceremony.

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9
Jan

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.

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26
Dec

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.

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23
Dec

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.

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31
Aug

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...

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3
Aug

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....

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19
Jul

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.

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6
Jul

Colel Chabad’s Grabski Multiple Sclerosis Center in Migdal HaEmek

When Kobi Vizel welcomes you in his pleasant office in thesleepy town of Migdal HaEmek the first impression you get is that of a senior executive at a major corporation. He is handsome, affable, articulate and driven. That impression makes perfect sense. After all, Kobi spent the majority of his career in the corporate world, most recently as a senior executive with Israel’s Yellow Pages. But all that changed several years ago when Mr. Vizel decided he wanted to devote his energy and talent toward helping others. Thanks to a son who had becomes a Chabad activist in Jerusalem More...

28
Jun

Meet the team behind Colel Chabad’s Summer Camps for Hospitalized Children

The flat “a” in Rabbi Mendel Lieberman’s speech betrays his Chicago origins. But the windy city is barely a memory for the energetic head of Chabad programs in the coastal Israeli city of Ashkelon, well within range of the murder- seeking rockets from neighboring Gaza. Rabbi Lieberman has been at his post for nearly four decades, yet he retains the contagious enthusiasm of a man on his first mission. His daughter More...

17
Jul

Emergency Shabbat Food to Southern Israel, With Help of Colel Chabad

The Israeli government requested that the organization assist those in immediate need Challah rolls, chicken, soup, fish, potatoes, rice... these are the basics found on most Shabbat dinner tables. For a good number of people in southern Israel, however, getting these staples with rockets raining down from Hamas in Gaza for the second week in a row has been more than difficult. And on Thursday evening, the Israeli government ordered Israel Defense Forces group troops into Gaza, putting even more pressure on More...

18
Mar

A Grand Day at the Western Wall, and in the Lives of 111 Orphaned Boys

Everything is special in front of the Kotel, the Western Wall in Jerusalem. But for a select group of boys, their recent time in front of Jerusalem's Western Wall may have broken the barriers of the meaning of the word special, at least for them. Last week, a group of 111 orphans celebrated their Bar Mitzvahs with a full program at the International Convention Center in Jerusalem, followed at the Kotel with the laying of tefillin and their first time being called up to the Torah. The first such gathering More...

11
Dec

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, More...

21
Mar

10,000 GUESTS AT COLEL CHABAD SEDERS THROUGHOUT ISRAEL!

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 More...

21
Dec

"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 More...

12
Apr

"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 More...

15
Sep

"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 More...

24
Mar

Colel Chabad - Passover 2010 - Food Distribution in Israel

Israeli Passover Food Distributions Reach Feverish Pitch Colel Chabad officials preside over the distribution of Passover food aid by students at the Charles E. Smith Experimental High School for Boys in Jerusalem. By Andrew Friedman Mar 18, 2010 10:45 AM JERUSALEM – It’s a bright, cool afternoon at Jerusalem’s Charles E. Smith Experimental High School for Boys, known locally simply as “Hartman” after the institute and Jewish think tank that houses it.  A group of 10th grade boys are horsing More...

23
Mar

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, chabad.org 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 More...

23
Aug

"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 More...

26
Mar

COLEL CHABAD PREPARES AND DELIVERS PASSOVER FOOD BASKETS FOR THE needIEST in israel

Now in its 22st 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 26,725 neediest families -- their names and financial status are provided by local municipalities -- are this week receiving 200 lbs of Pesach groceries, plus a crate each of vegetables and poultry. Of these, 2,200 families are receiving food and clothing vouchers valued at 2 million Shekels More...

3
Apr

COLEL CHABAD PREPARES PASSOVER FOOD BASKETS FOR THE needy in israel

Now in its 220th 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 24,250 neediest families -- their names and financial status are provided by local municipalities -- are this week receiving 200 lbs of Pesach groceries, plus a crate each of vegetables and poultry. Of these, 2,000 families are receiving food and clothing vouchers valued at 2 million Shekels More...

25
Jan

Two people are killed in the worst cold front in years to sweep Israel (Haaretz)

The headline in Haaretz (1/13/08) -- Israel's authoritative newspaper: "Two people die of exposure as cold front sweeps through Israel" The article then reports: "At least two people died of hypothermia last weekend after an unseasonable cold front swept through the country. One victim, a 76-year-old woman from Be'er Sheva died after she was taken to Soroka Hospital in critical condition. Her temperature was at a reported 77 More...

14
Nov

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 the sun and songs, the joys and pleasures of More...