Colel Chabad - What’s Happening

4
Jul

Keeping Orphaned Kids Off the Streets

Every third year you shall bring out the full tithe of your yield of that year, but leave it within your settlements. Then the Levite, who has no hereditary portion as you have, and the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow in your settlements shall come and eat their fill, so that Hashem your God may bless you in all the enterprises you undertake. (Deuteronomy 14:28-29)

For some fortunate children, the warm summer months conjure up comforting memories of ice cream trucks, summer vacations and quality time with parents. But, for those who were born into families who had a bad turn of luck, summers can be long, miserable and even dangerous.

What does a working single mother, after all, do with her children when school is out? Without having a family member or close friend to rely on, oftentimes, these children roam the streets where they are exposed to unsavory elements like violence and drugs.

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13
Jun

Feeding a Nation: Body and Soul

Last Saturday night, Jews stayed up all night for the holiday of Shavuot, studying Torah in what is called in Israel a “layla lavan” or “white night.” Displaying a hunger for God’s word, synagogues fill up with the sounds of learning and in Jerusalem, tens of thousands of Jews crowd the plaza of the Kotel (Western Wall), praying throughout the night.

But when dawn arrives and the sleepy, but spiritually sated, pilgrims finish their devotions, they are in desperate need of physical sustenance.

But not everyone in Israel has the means to answer even the most basic needs. For those people, Colel Chabad is there. Their volunteers eagerly meet the hungry pilgrims and give them special individual food kits filled with dairy baked goods and a cool beverage to fill their empty stomachs.

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18
Apr

Charity distributes kosher-for-Passover food for 181,000 needy New Yorkers

In Israel, the Colel Chabad charity is distributing seder meals for over 22,000 people. The meals include more than 11,000 salmon filets, 7,000 chicken thighs and 9,800 almond cakes, and are made from some 30,000 eggs and 10 tons of potatoes.

The meals will be served at communal holiday meals and are also provided to homebound people.

In addition, 10,800 boxes of holiday food staples and fresh fruits and vegetables have been prepared and delivered to the doors of families in the National Food Security initiative, a program of the Ministry of Welfare implemented by Colel Chabad.

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18
Apr

COLEL CHABAD TO DISTRIBUTE 22,000 FREE SEDER MEALS TO PEOPLE IN NEED

Some 22,000 people will receive a free Passover seder meal through Colel Chabad.

The organization said this will be its largest distribution in recent memory. Colel Chabad began operating in 1788.

The meals are being prepared in the Mishor Adumim facility, with distribution points in Jerusalem, Beit Shemesh and the Leket facility in Ra’anana.

What is on the menu? No fewer than 11,000 salmon fillets, 7,000 chicken thighs and 9,800 almond cakes. The food preparation entails an order of some 30,000 eggs and 10 tons worth of potatoes.

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17
Apr

Feeding the needy, on Pesach and all year long

This organization feeds nearly 1,000 people daily - and will distribute seder meals to 22,000.

Ahead of Seder Night, Israel’s longest continuously running charity is preparing for a year of unprecedented activity in response to growing needs across the country. Colel Chabad, founded in 1788 to provide financial and practical support to the then tiny Jewish community in the Holy Land, will be distributing seder meals for over 22,000 people.

Based out of one major food preparation facility with three distribution centers across the country, the organization’s logistical operation to produce and deliver the meals in time for the holiday is on a military scale. The list of meals includes no fewer than 11,000 salmon filets, 7,000 chicken thighs and 9,800 almond cakes. All meals are prepared and every effort is made to respond to the variety of tastes by families from all types of ethnic and national backgrounds. The food preparation entails an order of some 30,000 eggs and ten tons worth of potatoes.

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16
Apr

Special Bar Mitzvah event for 120 orphans in Jerusalem

Ahead of Seder Night, Israel’s longest continuously running charity is preparing for a year of unprecedented activity in response to growing needs across the country. Colel Chabad, founded in 1788 to provide financial and practical support to the then tiny Jewish community in the Holy Land, will be distributing seder meals for over 22,000 people.

Based out of one major food preparation facility with three distribution centers across the country, the organization’s logistical operation to produce and deliver the meals in time for the holiday is on a military scale. The list of meals includes no fewer than 11,000 salmon filets, 7,000 chicken thighs and 9,800 almond cakes. All meals are prepared and every effort is made to respond to the variety of tastes by families from all types of ethnic and national backgrounds. The food preparation entails an order of some 30,000 eggs and ten tons worth of potatoes.

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16
Apr

Why This Israeli Child Isn’t Looking Forward to Passover

Jacob’s sixth-grade classmates kept eyeing the clock, counting down the hours and the minutes until the final bell rang. The sound that would announce the start of Passover vacation.

The biblical holiday of Passover, commemorating the Israelites miraculous exodus from ancient Egypt, was starting in a few days. All the kids were excited about what the upcoming festive holiday meant to them: vacation from school, festive ritual meals with family and friends, new clothes, presents, and trips!

All the boys except for Jacob. Jacob too was glancing at the clock. However, unlike his eager classmates, Jacob wished the clock was moving backward instead of forward.

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12
Feb

A Blessing and a Curse

Israel has been blessed with unusually strong rains and even snow, helping to alleviate a five-year-long drought. Though a welcome reprieve, these blessings lead to unique challenges for Israel’s impoverished citizens.

“It’s hard for many of us to imagine that people are so poor that they cannot afford the ‘luxury’ of heat,” explained Rabbi Shmuel Lipsker, administrator for Colel Chabad, Israel’s longest running charity, to Breaking Israel News. “While some people might take for granted a warm home or warm meal, in Israel, so many people, especially poor elderly and Holocaust survivors cannot afford heat along with food.”

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4
Feb

Joy Overcomes Loss in Jerusalem Bat Mitzvah Celebration

For Israeli victims of loss to terror or other tragedy, one of the most challenging aspects of coping with their personal pain comes as they approach what are meant to be joyous lifecycle events.

For such families, these can be simply more salt poured on the wounds generated by the loss their family has experienced. Recently, the Colel Chabad organization held a joint Bat Mitzvah celebration in Jerusalem to address this challenging mix of emotions, working to create a day of joy for 37 girls and their families and friends where for a window in time, they could forget the ache that simply never leaves them.

Each of the girls had experienced direct loss; many of the families said they appreciated being able to celebrate alongside others who understand those unique challenges.

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29
Jan

Joy overcomes tragic loss in special Bat Mitzva celebration

Colel Chabad holds celebration in J'lem for 37 girls who are victims of family loss. 'We are forced to approach these events differently.'

For Israeli victims of loss to terror or other tragedy, one of the most challenging aspects of coping with their personal pain comes as they approach what are meant to be joyous lifecycle events - but for them are just another reminder of the loss their family has experienced.

To address this challenging mix of emotions, the Colel Chabad charitable organization held a joint Bat Mitzva celebration in Jerusalem on Monday for 37 girls and their families and friends. Each of the girls had experienced such direct loss and many families said they appreciated being able to celebrate alongside others who understand those unique challenges.

Among the girls was the daughter of Rabbi Raziel Shevach. Driving near his home in January of 2018, Shevach, a beloved teacher, MDA medic and father of six was murdered in a terrorist shooting near Chavat Gilad.

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23
Jan

When Every Penny Counts

What started as a fun activity during a family trip to Israel turned into a young-girl’s charitable mission.

Last summer, 12 year-old Sydney Jerome from Teaneck, New Jersey, came to Israel to celebrate her cousin’s Bar Mitzvah. During this trip, her family volunteered to pack dried healthful food, like beans and rice, for Israel’s impoverished citizens.

This food, she learned, would be included in some of the 8,500 monthly boxes delivered to Israel’s struggling citizens through the charity organization, Colel Chabad. Since 1788, Colel Chabad’s first priority has been ensuring that people living in the Holy Land have daily nutrition as well as something extra special for holidays. In fact, before each holiday, the charity’s food deliveries increase by an astounding 20,000 boxes.

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17
Jan

Teaneck Preteen Packs in the Mitzvot

When 12-year-old Sydney Jerome joined her cousin’s family in Israel for a bar mitzvah this past summer, she didn’t know it would inspire her own bat mitzvah project. But after visiting and volunteering at Pantry Packers in Jerusalem, packing food to be distributed to the needy around Israel, Sydney was inspired to something on her own to give back to those in need.

"There are so many people around the world in need of assistance, and I thought the best place to start helping is our homeland," she said.

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16
Jan

Unique Home in Heart of Jerusalem Opens For Young Women From FSU

A beautiful building just opened in the center of Jerusalem called ‘The Finger Residence’ – after the main donor. This “home away from home” will house up to 50 young women from the Former Soviet Union (FSU).

In the end of December, a spectacular dedication ceremony was held at the new building. This event was well attended by dignitaries, students, and staff from Colel Chabad which is Israel’s longest running charity responsible for the care, welfare and Jewish education of the girls in attendance.

Jerusalem’s newly-elected Mayor, Moshe Lion, joined the festivities. Clearly moved by the beauty and attention to detail of this new building, Lion stated that many local hotel managers are planning to visit the facility for ideas on how to refurbish their own buildings.

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30
Dec

What’s in the Box? Unique Charity Prepares ‘Ethnically Tasteful’ Food Packages for Israel’s Hungry Citizens

The flavors and wide variety of food preferences for Israeli citizens is fascinating. For example, descendants from Middle Eastern countries often enjoy couscous, rice, chickpeas and eggplant. Yemenites enjoy jachnoon, a pastry baked overnight and fenugreek.

Those of Ashkenazi descent might like stuffed cabbage, caramelized and peppery noodle kugel or cholent – a long cooking stew of meat, beans and barley.

However, though Israel is often viewed as an advanced “start up nation,” there are 1.8 million citizens living under the poverty line, due, in part, to its constant influx of immigrants.

Food Insecurity in the Start Up Nation

With nearly one fifth of Israelis living with food insecurity, tens of thousands of people must receive their daily nutrition through soup kitchens, prepaid shopping cards and food packages delivered to their homes. One Israeli based charity organization, Colel Chabad goes the extra mile to ensure that individuals and families not only receive food but also receive items that they will enjoy due to their unique ethnic tastes.

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26
Dec

What’s the Most Thoughtful Way to Give a Holiday Gift?

As people worldwide busy themselves with holiday celebrations, especially striving to bring joy to the children in their lives, getting the right gift can become a burden. Colel Chabad, Israel’s longest running charity organization, has mastered this challenge by personally giving thousands of hand-picked gifts to hospitalized and special needs children in Israel.

“During the busy holiday season it can slip people’s minds that hospitals are filled with sick children for which there is little holiday cheer,” explained Rabbi Lipsker, administrator for Colel Chabad, to Breaking Israel News. “In addition, institutionalized disabled and special needs children often have parents who don’t visit them. Therefore, Colel Chabad makes every effort to ensure a happy holiday for all.”

This year, Colel Chabad not only provided a staggering 3,489 personally chosen gifts to children in 15 hospitals and 20 institutions throughout Israel, they also organized entertainment and treats for these ill and challenged children.

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19
Dec

Thousands celebrate 231st year of Colel Chabad in NYC

Colel Chabad of Rabbi Meir Baal Haness holds its 2018 International Awards Dinner.

On Thursday evening, December 13, thousands of magnanimous supporters of Israel's oldest continuous tzedakah (charity) gathered at New York City's Hilton Hotel to express their appreciation to Colel Chabad of Rabbi Meir Baal Haness at the organization's 2018 International Awards Dinner.

Going on its 231st year in fostering their mission of providing food, housing, clothing and social services to Israel's growing numbers of indigent residents, Colel Chabad takes pride in extending assistance to all those in need; irrespective of age, gender, background or religious affiliation.

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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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23
Nov

A Pastor and a Rabbi United to Help Feed Jerusalem’s Neediest on Thanksgiving

At a special Thanksgiving Day event, Pastor Jentezen Franklin and Rabbi Tuly Weisz, a Christian and a Jew, came together – under the auspices of Colel Chabad – to help some of Jerusalem’s poorest and neediest residents.

Franklin is currently in Israel leading a mission with his congregation – the Free Chapel Worship Center, based in Gainesville, Georgia. Their tour has taken in many of Christianity’s holiest sites; Sea of Galilee, Dead Sea and Jerusalem. Each week his television program, Kingdom Connection, is broadcast on major networks all over the world. He has recently been dubbed one of Israel’s best friends for his work with Holocaust survivors and the Friends of Zion Museum.

Colel Chabad – where Franklin and Weisz, publisher of Breaking Israel News volunteered – is Israel’s oldest charity, having served the Holy Land’s struggling citizens for 230 years. Every day of the year, the charity organization feeds hungry Israelis, runs unique programs to ensure that orphans succeed in school and in day-to-day life, and offers daycare services to build the future of Israel’s youth, regardless of gender, age, marital status, ethnicity or religious observance. Its comprehensive services include programs for widows and indigent families, Holocaust survivors, immigrants, and the chronically ill.

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12
Nov

It’s World Kindness Day!

In 1998, the World Kindness Movement, a coalition of kindness NGOs, came together and encouraged the international community to recognize November 13 as “World Kindness Day.” This day is now focused on increasing acts of kindness, concentrating on the positive power of kindness that binds one to another, encouraging individuals to overlook boundaries, race and religion, and unite in goodness.

“Each day, we are bombarded with sad stories of pain and detachment between people,” said Rabbi Shmuel Lipsker, administrator for Colel Chabad, Israel’s longest running charity organization, to Breaking Israel News. “Helping others restores a sense of humanity and loving-kindness and contributes to tikkun olam, fixing and building a better world.”

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23
Oct

Does Daycare Matter?

Following requests from residents of Kiryat Bialik in northern Israel, bridging the enire range of Jewish observance, Colel Chabad charity organization inaugurated another state-of-the-art daycare center in the city. With great devotion and investment, the new center joins Colel Chabad’s network of well respected educational facilities located throughout Israel.

Menachem Cohen, Director of Communications for Colel Chabad, told Breaking Israel News that Judaism considers education, starting at birth, to be of the utmost importance. “Colel Chabad daycare centers provide educational services from the beginning of life, as the Bible teaches that the soul of a child must be nurtured, even from conception. In addition, our centers accept everyone, whether religious or not, as everyone deserves the best for their child.”

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11
Oct

Severely Disabled People Make Historic Western Wall Pilgrimage

For groups and individuals who visit the Holy Land from all over the world, the highlight of their visit is often Jerusalem’s Western Wall. For the first time, a special group of severely disabled people, who live in unique housing centers sponsored by the charity organization Colel Chabad, were blessed to join in that life-altering experience.

Koby Wiesel, Director of Colel Chabad’s two revolutionary independent and private living spaces, which presently house 55 people suffering from Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a paralyzing disorder, told Breaking Israel News that this experience was one of his “dreams come true.”

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25
Sep

Israelis ‘Rejoice Before God’ With Help of Colel Chabad

On the holiday of Sukkot, the Jewish people are commanded to “rejoice before God” (Leviticus 23:40). This merry-making is often explained as stemming from the Jewish people’s unshakeable trust in God.

When coming out of Egypt, as well as during harvests, Jews lived in sukkot (booths or tabernacles). By leaving their sturdy homes, eating and sleeping in the sukkah, the Jewish people demonstrated trust that God would continue to take care of them throughout their trials and tribulations. It is through this dependence on God that the people realized that God protects them – a realization that brings comfort and joy.

For this reason, Sukkot is considered the most joyous of festivals.

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28
Aug

Colel Chabad: Caring for the Elderly on the High Holidays and All Year

Every single day of the year, Colel Chabad feeds widows, orphans and poor elderly. But during the Jewish High Holidays, this work becomes evermore important.

As the Jewish year 5779 begins with Rosh Hashanah on the eve of September 9, Colel Chabad set forth a High Holidays plan to do just that – ensure that Israel’s at-risk do not go without basic necessities, including food and clothing.

“Part of the Jewish tradition is that when there comes a holiday, you have to take care and make sure that not only you have all you need, but your neighbors have all they need as well,” Menachem Traxler, director of volunteering for Colel Chabad, told Breaking Israel News.

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17
Aug

Mother-Daughter Baking Workshop Empowers Israel’s Neediest

Eliminating hunger sounds like a lofty goal. But starting small – and throwing in a little fun – is a good start. In Migdal Ha’Emek, a town in Israel’s North, social worker Dafna Hassan recently led a mother-daughter baking workshop at Ooga-Ooga Bakery. The workshop is part of Colel Chabad’s nutrition security program, designated by the Israeli government to take charge of eliminating hunger among Israel’s neediest.

During the baking workshop, 25 mothers and daughters learned together how to make three different types of healthy cookies and met with a nutritionist lecturer who explained proper nutrition, quantities and distribution of the food groups at each meal and their importance. At the end of the workshop, each participant received a recipe booklet and a box of cookies.

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30
Jul

Israel’s Orphans Receive Academic Scholarships in Emotional Ceremonies

After the death of a parent, motivation for academic success as well as basic appreciation of life often decrease. Colel Chabad charity has a unique approach to orphans, which reaps outstanding positive results for hundreds of them every year.

Colel Chabad, the longest running social services in the Holy Land, invests a significant amount of time, funds and love to ensure that the country’s orphans have a bright future. Each year they support mass bar and bat mitzvah classes and celebrations for hundreds of them, give much needed vacations and holiday retreats to one parent families, provide orphans with subsidized wedding celebrations and give hundreds of academic scholarships through their Chesed Menachem Mendel Orphan Intervention program.

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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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10
Jul

Orphaned Son of Tzaddik Marries

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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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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5
Jul

Hospital Summer Camps Making Miracles

Keeping kids healthy and happy during the long summer months can be a challenge. Having a sick child in the hospital over the summer can multiply that challenge manyfold.

Recognizing these obstacles, Colel Chabad, Israel's longest continuously running charity, organizes summer camps in two of Israel's hospitals, Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot and Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon. Yes, summer camp!

"Hospitals get particularly busy with ill children in the summer, therefore, the need for hospital summer camp is crucial to helping sick children," explained Chany Lieberman, administrator of Colel Chabad hospital summer camp programs, to Breaking Israel News. "Between summer injuries, like dehydration and accidents, and non-urgent surgeries scheduled in the summer so their child won't miss school, pediatric wards become particularly busy. Of course, there are also those children having long hospital stays due to serious illnesses like cancer."

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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. 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 Druze communities, all under Colel Chabad 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 when More...

21
Dec

"Nearly 1,000 attend Colel Chabad's International Awards Dinner Monday, December 19, 2011, NY Hilton, Grand Ballroom"

Colel Chabad, the oldest continuously operating Tzedakah in Israel, celebrated its International Awards Dinner in the Grand Ballroom of the New York Hilton on Monday night. The evening began with a warm welcome from Mr. Richard Born, the Rebbe's Kapitel read by Rabbi Getzy Rubashkin and the prayer for the nation, written by the Friediker Rebbe, read by Mr. Kenneth Dicher. Following was a magnificent video which was produced especially for the evening. Rabbi Sholom Duchman, Director of Colel Chabad, gave his annual Shareholder's 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 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 needs. According to Natan Kozlovsky the general 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 charge for all 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 (approximately $500,000) which allow 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 offering hot meals to the poor in Safed 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 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 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 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 More...