Colel Chabad - What’s Happening

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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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 in Israel 34 years ago, she feels more 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 Israelis living closer to the border. Aware of the critical 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 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 More...

21
Mar

Mass Bar Mitzvah for 110 Orphaned Boys, Monday, April 2, 2012

Colel Chabad Mass Bar Mitzvah for Orphaned Boys, April 2, 2012 Scheduled for Monday, April 2, 2012 @Â 4:00 PM Israel Time Entire event to be broadcast via Internet In keeping with its annual tradition, Colel Chabad will be sponsoring and organizing a mass Bar Mitzvah for 110 fatherless boys on Monday, April 2, 2012. The bar-mitzvah will be an all day extravaganza. Preparations have been ongoing for three months as each boy was privately tutored and prepared for his special day. The celebration will begin 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, 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, and the Western Wall More...

24
Aug

NEW YEARS 5770 FOOD basket DISTRIBUTION EFFORTS now IN FULL SWING

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 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 available. By 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. 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 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 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 – spices, canned foodstuffs and fresh vegetables.  Some 120,000 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 these families the opportunity to mingle and establish contact with other families who share their unfortunate plight, and More...