The High Holidays . . . Minus the Food?

Holocaust Survivors receiving food for High Holidays from Israel Relief Aid

Living on a government stipend will really help when you’re a “vateek” (senior citizen) not working, in Israel.  It helps towards rent, utilities and medical.  But if you’re living under the poverty line, you don’t buy special foods for a holiday.  In fact, you just buy the very minimum food and make it last until next month’s government stipend and your family actually goes hungry.  When this happens to Holocaust Survivors, and especially if it is compounded by them living alone, it’s just so much worse.

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Closure Report from Rishon LeTzion

Israel Relief Aid’s recent school supply distribution in Rishon LeZion

More pictures came in from Israel Relief Aid’s recent school supply distribution.  This time from Rishon LeZion.

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COVID-19: Long Process to Return to Norm

Elderly woman receives COVID-19 supplies from Israel Relief Aid

Here in Israel, we are in the midst of a second lockdown and the “return to normal” process is not on the near horizon.

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New Year’s Message from Israel Relief Aid CEO

This world hasn’t seen a year like 2020 for decades.  The coronavirus shook the US, Europe, Israel and is still shaking.  It required us to tailor the humanitarian aid here so it fit the need and the new stipulations.

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Summer Turning to Autumn in Israel

Autumn leaves

 As the leaves are beginning to turn and we are just about to see the warm summer night temperatures hopefully begin to slowly lower towards autumn, we want to share some of the pictures from the July and August events that keep pouring in. 

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A Most Unique Rosh Hashanah

Israel Relief Aid, as you know, has given aid over many years to Arabs living in Israeli cities, as they come to the aid centers in Jaffa, Haifa, Beer Sheva and all over, they sprinkle in.  They, of course are one of the neediest sectors in the country.

Yet, what we don’t hear about is the opposite:  Arabs giving to Jews.  

One of Israel Relief Aid network aid centers is in Nazareth and is run by a wonderful loving Arab family.  They give to all sorts of needy people in the city, Christian Arabs and Muslim Arabs.  One day they told me that they had a deep desire to give to the Jews, and even did some efforts in nearby Nazareth Ilit through the Mayor’s office.

Nazareth Ilit (which changed its name to Nof HaGalil – “Galilee View”) was established as a city in 1974.  In the 1990’s immigration from the former Soviet Union doubled the city’s population.  Later, in the 21st Century, Bne Menashe immigrant families also immigrated into the city.  So the city has varied demographics, but is heavy on immigrant Jewish families that live under the poverty line. Neighborhoods in poverty:  their income largely based on government support.

Since the Nazareth aid center wanted to help the immigrants in Nof HaGalil, (and so do we) we decided to do something new:  a joint project for immigrants on the welfare roll in Nof HaGalil, with the Nazareth aid center involved, doing the distribution with the welfare department and spreading the love.

It’s a new thing in Israel, maybe a new thing anywhere. 

We’ll give holiday food boxes of grape juice, honey, traditional couscous, humus, peas, green beans, but also staples like rice, corn, grain, and pastas. 

Let’s together bless the immigrants in the Galilee area of Israel that need help for Rosh Hashanah.  To help, click on image below: 

Israel’s Humble Heroes

We wish to express our deepest gratitude to all the wonderful people working on the front lines in our aid center network.   They are all so humble and meek in spirit yet working tirelessly to assist Israelis in need.  continue reading →

Bombs, Balloons, Diapers and Food Bags

Giving Dignity in Carmiel

Senior receives new pair of sneakers donated from Israel Relief Aid

Carmiel (meaning “God’s vineyards” in Hebrew) is a city in northern Israel established in 1964 as a development town.  Located in the Beit HaKerem Valley which divided upper and lower Galilee, Carmiel has a population of over 46,000 (2019).  Roughly 34% of Carmiel residents earn minimum wage only.

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Israel Relief Aid Sderot Center

Sderot Aid Center Manager in front of Bomb Shelter

Imagine being in your kitchen when a rocket plows through the wall? That’s what happened overnight to a Sderot family.

The Gaza Strip border town of Sderot is where twelve rockets were fired at southern Israel from the Strip on Thursday evening Aug 20th and in the early hours of Friday morning Aug 21st. 

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