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.
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.
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.
Following requests from residents of Kiryat Bialik in northern Israel, bridging the entire 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.
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.
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.
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.