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 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 Rivkah Gruzman has no trace of Chicago in her accent. Having been born 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 was held More...

14
Jan

200th YAHRZEIT OF CHABAD-LUBAVITCH FOUNDER COMMEMORATED AT NEW YORK HILTON ON JANUARY 6th

COLEL CHABAD ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL AWARDS DINNER ON JANUARY 6TH WAS TIMED TO CELEBRATE 200TH YAHRZEIT OF RABBI SCHNEUR ZALMAN OF LIADI -- FOUNDER OF CHABAD LUBAVITCH Event at NY Hilton honors Blavatnik Family Foundation, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein and Kenneth Dichter for their major support in combating hunger in Israel Colel Chabad reveals its designation by Israel Government to spearhead nationwide program for nutritional security -- Phase one includes 12 municipalities including Bedouin and More...

19
Nov

Sunday, November 18, 5:00 AM: 1,600 additional seniors in areas under attack from Gaza now receiving emergency food deliveries from Colel Chabad

Colel Chabad: Operation Pillar of Defense News Release Wednesday November 21, 11:09 AM: A large Hamas rocket landed in Timurim across the road, approximately 100 yards, from the Colel Chabad warehouse in Kiriat Malachi. Thank G-d no one was hurt. Tuesday, November 20, 4PM: Because schools in Israel’s southern cities are closed all Colel Chabad Big Brother and Big Sister programs for orphaned children are being increased to four visits per week. In addition, any funding needed for tutoring, educational enrichment etc 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 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 institution operating in the Holy Land since 1788, More...

21
Oct

10/20/2009: Colel Chabad Opens Revamped Multiple Sclerosis Center

by Gil Ronen: Arutz 7 INN TV A new building in the enlarged and improved Grabski Multiple Sclerosis Center in Migdal HaEmek was inaugurated this week in a ceremony attended by Welfare Minister Yitzchak Herzog. The center is Israel's first and only dedicated residential and outpatient center devoted exclusively to patients suffering from Multiple Sclerosis, a degenerative disease that ultimately leads to complete incapacitation. The Grabski MS More...

9
Jul

At-Cost Colel Chabad Stores Open to Raves from Needy Families

A new type of grocery is being pioneered by Colel Chabad to serve the needs of near-poor families who struggle to put food on the table, yet are not destitute enough to be eligible for colel Chabad's Salei Mazone free food delivery. Occupying only 200 square meters each, the Colel Chabad Grocery Stores stock the 300 most necessary items -- such as dry foods, shelf-stable items, disposables, and household cleansers -- all of which are of the highest quality but generic. No brands are offered, and only one type of each item is More...

5
Jun

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...

21
May

COLEL CHABAD DELIVERS FOOD BASKETS TO THE NEEDIEST IN ISRAEL!

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 know-how of Colel Chabad. It is the latter especially, that enables 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 (approximately $500,000) 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 degrees Fahrenheit when she was taken to the hospital and attempts to revive her failed. In Holon, a 40-year-old man was found dead outside the More...

24
Jan

New Year For Trees brings happiness to lonely, elderly people in Safed.

Safed residents mark the holiday of Tu B'Shevat at the Eshel Binyamin soup kitchen operated by Colel Chabad.By Tamar RunyanJan 24, 2008 A Chabad-Lubavitch soup kitchen in Safed, Israel, celebrated the holiday of Tu B'Shevat this week with a ceremonial meal accompanied by two musicians. According to Rabbi Zeev Crombie, director of the Eshel Binyamin soup kitchen operated by Colel Chabad, the celebration that marks the "New Year for trees" brought "happiness to those who are really missing happiness in their lives."Besides 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 childhood. Born with More...

28
Aug

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 – More...

18
Jul

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 More...

26
Mar

COLEL CHABAD MAKING HOLIDAY FOOD PACKAGES FOR THE NEEDY

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 poultry.Of these, 2,000 families are receiving food and clothing vouchers valued at 2 million Shekels More...

5
Sep

How much damage was caused by Hezbollah

No one knows exactly how much damage was caused by Hezbollah’s relentless rocket attacks on northern Israel. However, conservative estimates exceed $1 billion.On a case-by-case basis the tragedy becomes even clearer. Colel Chabad field workers are processing and assisting thousands of families whose lives and livelihoods have been affected -- often destroyed -- by over four weeks of relentless attack.Scores of families returned to find their More...