HOW TO HELP-
We're a retail gift shop- not fundraisers- and with hundreds of organizations always asking us to promote them, we cannot link to eveyone who requests help. There is a Hebrew word that cannot be easily translated- it means "Poorer than poor." This is the situation for many desperate families in Israel who's lives have collapsed because of deaths, injuries, closed businesses, damaged homes, and because of cutbacks in social services, as this tiny country stuggles to pay for the cost of self defense during ongoing (often unreported) attacks and after so many wars. Some of our customers ask us where to direct assistance.
While not widely publicized, Israel continues to suffer a humanitarian crisis, beyond what most Americans can imagine. Israel's poorest, most vulnerable citizens go hungry daily, and are suffering terribly. While Iranian and Arab Oil money pours into Hezbollah, Hamas and the communities that raise and harbor terrorists, Israel depends on help from us.
Here are a few of the organizations that have stepped up to the plate during crises over the past few years. They all need volunteers and financial assistance:
Meir Panim- one of Israel's largest soup kitchen networks. They also provide meals to undernourished school children, for many of which it is their only real meal all day. Meals and gifts can be purchased directly from their site:
Magen David Adom- Israels emergency medical service needs ambulances, medical supplies, helmets, flak jackets, oxygen tanks and training equipment. Donations can be made thru the US headquarters: American Friends of Magen David Adom:
Karmey Hesed- providing food service, clothing, emergency prescription drugs, free loans and emergency utility assistance to the needy in Beitar Illit and other Jerusalem suburbs.
Ezrat Avot- providing services and resources for Israel's elderly residents, with a free dining room in their senior center, and meals-on-wheels and holiday food deliveries.
Eshel Binyomin Zefat- Soup kitchens and food service in the holy city of Safed, run by Kollel Chabad: http://www.ebz.org.il
Yad Sarah- provides medical support services in Israel, including homecare, transportation and free wheelchairs, medical furniture and equipment for Israel's ill and disabled.
Lev u'Neshama- a small but important volunteer-based charitable organization that provides food, clothing and crisis services for the very needy in the holy city of Tzefat:
Jerusalem Open House- Free restaurant in Jerusalem. jerusalemopenhouse.com
Matan B'Seiser Bambi- providing for Jerusalem's poor, mostly with emergency cash gifts delivered anonomously:
The Lone Soldier Center- seeing to the needs of the thousands of IDF soldiers who are orphans, new immigrants, and volunteers from abroad, who have no family in Israel. www.lonesoldiercenter.com
The Association for the Wellbeing of Israel's Soldiers
ZAKA Rescue and Recovery