Colel Chabad - What’s Happening

8
Dec

Hundreds of Israeli Orphans and Widows Enjoy Chanukah Retreats

For hundreds of fatherless children and their widowed mothers, Chanukah was just a little brighter this year thanks to Colel Chabad, an Israeli social services agency.

Hosted by the Chessed Menachem Mendel program of Colel Chabad, 400 fatherless children and their widowed mothers were invited to enjoy round the clock entertainment and activities with programs in Jerusalem. A secondary event in Netanya catered to families from the northern part of the country.

“The activities were magical, unique and well thought out,” said a mother from Petach Tikva, who lost her husband recently to terminal illness. “The warmth and love that come with this experience allowed us to relax and forget about our daily struggles – even if it’s just for a few hours at a time.”

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15
Jul

Orphan high school students awarded scholarships for academic success

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Over 100 high school students who have lost at least one parent were awarded scholarships from the Colel Chabad organization.

The scholarships were awarded last week at an end of the year ceremony in Jerusalem, in the presence of Rabbi Shlomo Amar, Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem.

The scholarship program by Colel Chabad, a social services organization in Israel, is in cooperation with the Barad family of New York and the Meromim Foundation.

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9
Jul

Orphaned Son Marries 16 Years After Father’s Murder

While most people would have run the other way from the terrorist’s flying bullets, 31-year-old tzaddik, Yosef Twito, who was in charge of security in the Samaria settlement of Itamar, south of Nablus, raced to the Shabo house to help. He was gunned down by the terrorist inside. Twito was murdered along with Rachel Shabo and her three children, Avishai, Zvika and Neria.

The attack, on June 20, 2002, sent shock waves throughout Israel and left four Shabo orphans and five Twito orphans behind.

Nahal Twito was only 4-and-a-half years old at the time of the tragedy. The charity organization Colel Chabad immediately took the Twito family under its care and has maintained a close relationship with Yosef’s widow, Rachel, and their orphaned children ever since.

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8
Jul

ASSISTED-LIVING CENTER FIRST OF ITS KIND IN JERUSALEM

The Beis Finger Rehabilitation Center celebrated its opening at a gathering on Sunday.

Debby and Zohar Elnatan had been searching for eight years for an apartment for their son, Rotem.

Rotem, 23, has cerebral palsy, and likes to DJ in his spare time. So when they found out about the new Beis Finger Rehabilitation Center in Jerusalem, it was a perfect fit.

After going to a day program, Rotem Elnatan comes home to a welcoming community of 20 staff and eight other residents, who he considers his family.

“I think we’re really lucky,” said his father, Zohar. “I can trust them.”

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25
Jun

36 Orphaned Girls and Families Gifted With Bat Mitzvah Celebration Fit for a Queen

Dressed in their finest clothing and surrounded by family and close friends, 36 orphaned girls celebrated their Bat Mitzvahs together in an emotional and festive event hosted by Colel Chabad charity organization.

“Celebrating important milestones without the head of the family is very difficult and we do all we can to help the girls and their families forget their pain and bereavement on this special day,” Rabbi Yitzchak Marton, Director of Programming and Educational Projects for Colel Chabad told Breaking Israel News. “We invest in these girls and their families over many years to help make their lives a success. Especially at momentous occasions, we go all out to help orphans feel loved and special.”

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8
Jun

Orphans treated to bat mitzvah celebration in Jerusalem

Colel Chabad holds gala bat mitzvah event for 36 orphaned girls.

On behalf of 36 orphan girls and their families, Colel Chabad hosted the seventh annual Bat Mitzvah celebration in Jerusalem this week.

Dressed in their finest and surrounded by family and close friends, the Bat Mitzvah girls were able to celebrate in style at the newly renovated Gutnik Hall in Jerusalem with all the arrangements and costs handled by Colel Chabad.

Founded in 1788, Colel Chabad is the oldest continuously-running social welfare organization in Israel. The organization helps needy families throughout the year with a wide variety of programs and services, including educational support and guidance, enrichment programs, financial support and planning and extra support for the holidays.

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6
Jun

36 ORPHANS TREATED TO BAT MITZVAH CELEBRATION IN JERUSALEM

On behalf of 36 orphan girls and their families, Kolel Chabad hosted the seventh annual Bas Mitzvah celebration in Jerusalem this week. Dressed in their finest and surrounded by family and close friends, the Bas Mitzvah girls were able to celebrate in style at the newly renovated Gutnik Hall in Jerusalem with all the arrangements and costs handled by Kolel Chabad.

The oldest continuously-running social welfare organization in Israel since 1788, Kolel Chabad helps needy families throughout the year with a wide variety of programs and services, including educational support and guidance, enrichment programs, financial support and planning and extra support for the holidays.

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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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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 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 in 1992, when Colel Chabad initiated a 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, Barzilai, Kaplan, Soroka 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 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 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 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 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 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 deliver fresh holiday 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 your shopping More...

17
Aug

Dental Clinics in Major Paradigm Shift - Treatment now free for poor children under 18...

Colel Chabad's burgeoning network of fixed-base and mobile pediatric dental clinics is undergoing major reorganization and expansion in order to serve more children - and serve them better. Under a new partnership arrangement with Keren Lotus (the Lotus Fund) established by Samsung importer and philanthropist Ilan Ben-Dov, Colel Chabad will build, equip and operate the clinics, while Keren Lotus will cover the cost of the dental treatment. All clinics that fall under this arrangement will provide pediatric and adolescent dental care 100% free 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...

15
Dec

Bringing much love, warmth and big smiles to Israel's hospitaized and institutionalized Children

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 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...

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 Colel Chabad alone to efficiently and economically reach 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...

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...

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 homes More...