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Feeding the Hungry for Purim

When we moved to a new, literally new, and less expensive neighborhood in Israel last year, we encountered many neighbors in need.  Many moved because of the lower costs…which meant many in need moved here – with limited charities in place to help.

So my daughter started a Tomchei Shabbos, an organization to provide food packages to the needy – along with other help where appropriate.

It’s PURIM, where we have a mitzvah to give to the poor, Matanot L’Evyonim.  And the poor of Israel are equal to the poor of your local community.  So I ask you to:  Donate Today to Tomchei Shabbos of Ramat Beit Shemesh Gimmel’s to feed the hungry in Israel for Purim.  CLICK NOW.

I leave it to my daughter to tell you more…

(Reb Akiva’s Daughter)  I visited a family, I found their refrigerator empty, no formula for the 1 year old, and no stroller for the child…and the wife was pregnant.  I couldn’t sit by, we all have an obligation to help.  I was able to raise money to fill their fridge and get them a stroller.

DONATE NOW to Tomchei Shabbos of Ramat Beit Shemesh Gimmel’s PURIM CAMPAIGN

I went to do a cleaning job at someone’s home.  The wife is limping badly and is struggling to pick up her 5 month old.  While she was pregnant, she was in a car accident and can no longer work…and her husband is in the army.  The medical bills and therapy to allow her to recover are taking all their budget…the cupboards are bare.  Food packages are allowing them to have a respectful Shabbos and at least a full stomach in the midst of their problems.  And we’ve given a bit to help on the medical bills.

DONATE NOW to Tomchei Shabbos of Ramat Beit Shemesh Gimmel’s PURIM CAMPAIGN

I overheard a phone call…the young mother was locked out of her house, her refrigerator was empty, and they are sleeping on the floor.  A young couple that immigrated to Israel, the husband works long hours at a low paying job – which covers the base expenses, barely.  A chair to sit on?  None.  Beds to sleep in, none.  And a chicken for Shabbos, none.  The house was basically completely empty.  While we don’t have enough contributions to provide chickens (yet) on a weekly basis, we can make sure the refrigerator is full and the cabinets are full of staples.   And we were able to arrange for a bed and a chair.

DONATE NOW to Tomchei Shabbos of Ramat Beit Shemesh Gimmel’s PURIM CAMPAIGN

Every eruv Shabbos (Friday mid-day) the young boy comes to our door with a riding car to carry packages.  We answer, he looks up and says “mazon” – food/sustenance.  The family has 12 children and had a successful business…but the government said something was wrong, taxes were owed, fines were levied, debts piled.  The debt collectors came and took the business, took the furniture at home, seized the business and private accounts.  They’re so buried they’re stunned.  We can’t help with their government issues, but we can make sure the children eat.  The boy struggles home with bags of staples and vegetables that we are so happy, in the merit of our donors, to be able to provide.

DONATE NOW to Tomchei Shabbos of Ramat Beit Shemesh Gimmel’s PURIM CAMPAIGN

People are in need.  We don’t judge how or why they got there, only that they or, G-d forbid, their children are hungry, and do what we can.  And what we can is dependent on YOU.  Please help, and fulfill the mitzvah of Matanot L’Evyonim for Purim.  In the merit of your assistance, may G-d abundantly bless you!

To learn more about our organization or to see our rabbinical certification, see our website here.

This is a campaign for a 1 time Purim donation, but if you’re willing to donate monthly…please let us know.  For those in need, our being able to help weekly may be the difference in whether they go to bed hungry or not.

(We borrowed the wonderful image above from a Tomchei Shabbos in Canada.  We hope they don’t mind.)

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