With the High Holy Days approaching, which start with Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and conclude the following week with Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), The Fellowship is providing extra aid to impoverished Jewish families, children, and soldiers throughout the Holy Land.
This High Holy Days assistance will mostly be distributed in the form of gift cards, which allow the recipients to make purchases themselves, thus ensuring their dignity.
“Israel is in a deep social crisis, with increasing poverty and unbearable social gaps,” said Rabbi Eckstein in a statement. “During the high holidays, the distress of those who live in poverty is intensified. Tens of thousands of families do not know how they will be able to buy food and celebrate with dignity.
“Every day we receive hundreds of calls from people asking for help, including from the elderly, people with disabilities, and families experiencing extreme difficulties. This distress is due to the lack of appropriate social infrastructure in Israel.”
New Year’s gifts will include:
- 8,500 food cards valued at $100 each, for single-parent families living in public housing
- 6,600 food packages and food cards for families living under the poverty line and the homeless
- 7,700 clothing cards for children-at-risk living in youth villages and homes for battered women
- 9,600 food and clothing vouchers for lone soldiers and soldiers-in-need
Thank you, Fellowship friends, for making this lifesaving assistance possible!