Colel Chabad - What’s Happening

26
Mar

Special Bar Mitzvah celebration promises happier Pesach holiday for 120 orphans

For 120 orphan boys, this Passover will be infused with an additional dose of unexpected joy as the result of an initiative of Colel Chabad, Israel’s longest running social services organisation, which provided the boys with a Bar Mitzvah celebration including gifts and a lavish ceremony.

Each of the boys has their own individual stories of pain and loss. All have suffered the death of a parent, the majority of them their fathers – often due to illness but in some cases due to accidents or terror attacks. Many come from families that are also struggling with poverty and other challenges that have resulted from the loss of the primary bread-winner.

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25
Mar

Special Bar Mitzvah at Western Wall Promises Happier Passover for 120 Orphans

This Passover will be infused with an additional dose of unexpected joy after 120 orphan boys were provided with a special Bar Mitzvah celebration — including gifts and a lavish ceremony — courtesy of the Colel Chabad social services organization.

Each of the boys has his own individual story of pain and loss. All have suffered the death of a parent, the majority of them their fathers – often due to illness but in some cases due to accidents or terror attacks. Many come from families that are also struggling with poverty and other challenges that have resulted from the loss of the primary breadwinner.

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18
Mar

Interrupting the Passover preparations for a special Bar Mitzvah

The period before Pesach is perhaps the busiest one for Colel Chabad and its army of volunteers. Throughout Israel they are coping with the logistics of providing Passover food, clothing, seders and more for thousands of Israel’s poorest families and lonely, forgotten destitute senior citizens.

Nevertheless it is precisely during this critical season that Israel’s oldest continuously-operating social service organization – established in 1788 – makes its annual Bar Mitzvah for fatherless boys in Israel’s capital, the united Jerusalem.. And yet, this magnificent annual event with services at the Western Wall followed by a full-blown banquet at Jerusalem’s Convention Center is merely the culmination of months of feverish and dedicated activity.

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14
Feb

State-of-the-Art Home for the Severely Disabled Opens in Jerusalem

“They shall come with weeping, And with compassion will I guide them. I will lead them to streams of water, By a level road where they will not stumble. For I am ever a Father to Yisrael, Efraim is My first-born.” Jeremiah 31:8 (The Israel Bible™)

A new state-of-the-art home inaugurated a month ago in the center of Jerusalem will allow for 35 people suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS) and other neurological disorders to live much more independently.

The 1900-square-meter center called “Beis Finger” was built and operated by Colel Chabad, Israel’s longest running social services organization amd is supported by Israel’s Social Services Ministry just like the Grabski Rehabilitation Center hi-tech home in Israel’s northern city of Migdal HaEmek.

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14
Jan

Chabad opens new rehabilitation facility in Jerusalem

Center for patients with neurological disorders opened in capital by Colel Chabad, oldest social services organization in Israel.

Located in the center of Jerusalem, just outside the famous Machaneh Yehuda market area stands the new Beis Finger Rehabilitation Center of Colel Chabad, officially opened this week. The 20,000 square foot location and facility will be home for 35 young residents suffering from multiple sclerosis and other neurological disorders, offering them a place to thrive and contribute to their betterment of their lives and the community.

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20
Dec

Where being different is normal

Children who survived past terror attacks and lost loved ones help light Hanukkah candles with Salomon family after Halamish massacre.

In April of 2004, Ruth Zagha was just seven years old, the fourth of six children, when a terrorist attacked her home in the Samaria town of Avnei Chefetz on a Friday night shortly after the family had completed their Shabbat meal. Her father Kobi, armed with a pistol, went to confront the terrorist and was shot dead and one of Ruth's sisters was seriously injured.

Since that time, Ruth. along with her siblings and her mother, have worked to find ways to confront the tragic loss of a parent as well as the emotional toll of surviving an attack meant to kill her entire family.

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19
Dec

Hanukka retreat in Jerusalem empowers widows and their children

50 widows and 240 children who lost fathers to either terror attacks, accidents or illnesses are getting treated to a three-day, all-inclusive retreat at the Ramada Hotel in Jerusalem in honor of Hanukka.

Kicking off Monday night, the 15th annual Colel Chabad Hanukka retreat offers bereaved families a full schedule of activities either geared towards children or just for the mothers, including entertainment, full meals and day trips in and around Jerusalem.

There is no age limit for the participants as the event caters to babies up to soldiers and national service volunteers.

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19
Dec

Rare Hanukkah Joys for Hundreds of Israel’s Neediest Kids

Several hundred of Israel’s poorest children had a break from their poverty-stricken lives last week by celebrating the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah, with joyful plays, games and art – and full bellies.

In the northern Israeli city of Karmiel, 130 kids attended a Hanukkah party on December 11. The event, put on by Colel Chabad, was meant to help the children and their families enjoy the holiday spirit and “not feel poor for a day,” said Ateret Vashdi, who helped plan the party.

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2
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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25
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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20
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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8
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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25
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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22
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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18
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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31
Mar

Over 100 orphaned boys celebrate bar mitzva together

Over 100 orphaned boys celebrate bar mitzva together Event sponsored by Colel Chabad helps children who have lost loved ones remember they are not alone By Times of Israel staff March 31, 2015, 4:46 am Boys who have been orphaned celebrate their bar mitzva together at the Western Wall in an event organized by Colel Chabad (Photo credit: Kobi Amsalem) For many Jewish children, the bar mitzva or bat mitzva is a momentous milestone in their young 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 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 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, 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 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 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 Heritage Fund, 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 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 alone is not a 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 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 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. 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 More...