Retreats for Widows
Being a widow with young children is difficult under the best of circumstances. Being an impoverished widow and mother to 3, 4, or more young children is inconceivably difficult. Such women never get a day off. They do not have a minute to themselves. A coffee break is an unthinkable luxury. As for vacation -- well that's entirely out of the question.
Colel Chabad is at the vanguard of innovative help for widows and orphans in Israel. Through experience, we've come to understand that help with food and clothing is not enough. Which is why every widow we assist is provided with a two-week retreat in the countryside.
During this special time their children are cared for at Colel Chabad camps. The therapeutic importance of this program cannot be overestimated. These widowed moms discover that they are not alone, as they find themselves carefree and relaxing among hundreds of other women in identical circumstances who empathize with their sorrows, hopes and joys.