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In Melbourne Shabbat begins Fri 24 Nov 2017 08:00 PM and ends Sat 25 Nov 2017 09:01 PM
י"ב טבת ה' אלפים תשס"ט
We received advice from a charity in Israel that is providing emergency food supplies to those in need in Southern Israel.
If you would like to assist this organisation with donations please click on the following website link:
More about the organisation
Yad Ezra VeShulamit Organization was established and in Jerusalem where it has been functioning for more than a decade, by Mr. Ariel Lurie, an individual who could not bear to stand on the sidelines and watch the plight of so many needy families that he knew. Today, the organization provides assistance to people and families of dire need throughout the country, with the support of many.
The workers and volunteers work towards the goal of the organization: to ease the suffering of families of orphans, widows, single parent families, large families, etc.
The organization attempts to realize its goal in the following ways:
Distribution of Food Packages throughout the Country
Each week the organization distributes over 2500 food packages at various distribution points throughout the country (including 1000 packages within Jerusalem)
Each package contains: chicken, fish, fruit, vegetables, legumes, canned goods, challa for Shabbat, and more.
Volunteers distribute the packages.
During the holiday season, almost ten thousand (10,000 !!) packages are distributed.
Yad Ezra Veshulamit operates soup kitchens throughout the country, and, in addition, operates soup kitchens from private homes together with families willing to cook and provide both snacks and hot lunches for hungry children.
A truck departs each day from Jerusalem filled with such food portions, which are then distributed to the various soup kitchens throughout the country. The food is well stored and properly refrigerated until its distribution to the needy families.
In especially difficult and extenuating circumstances, the organization provides financial support to families (e.g., widows and orphans, or where a family member is in need of expensive medical care, etc.)
The organization arranges for special fund raising drives to help achieve this goal, and then passes the donations straight on to the families. The organization tries to match individual donors with “adopted” families.
Once a week, a volunteer from the organization holds individual sessions to “lend an ear”, so to speak, with people who want to discuss their problems, after which they are directed to proper professional help (funds are raised specifically towards this aid). One example: An engaged orphan bride was sent by our organization - on her wedding day - to a “beauty salon”, and besides the treatment which she received there free of charge, she also received a financial “gift” from them!
The organization arranges special “bazaar sales” of clothing, footwear, toys, school supplies, etc, at very low rates.
There are at present over 500 volunteers active in the organization, over two hundred of which also bring their motor vehicle along. These volunteers come from all different walks of life, and they work at all hours of the day and night, in all weather conditions, all towards the goal of helping to provide for those in need.