Sponsor or feed the needy hot, nutritious meals Bais Hatavshil -
The "Romem Keren David" charitable organization was established 15 years ago in order to help the underprivileged population suffering economic, physical, mental or social distress. The organization endeavors to rehabilitate and help the unfortunate in all area of life by means of varied humanitarian activities, the main goal being "no one should ever starve." For that purpose "Bais Hatavshil" was set up with a central kitchens in Israel, where 1000 hot nourishing meals of the highest quality are prepared day by day. The meals are distributed to various dining halls where 360 people come to eat dinner and 120 come for breakfast. The beneficiaries of the soup kitchen are either lonely, physically challenged, old or new immigrants poor or homeless individuals. They are charged 1 Shekel each per meal in order to allow them the feeling of having paid for the food. The very meeting during eating serves as experience that alleviates their loneliness and facilitates their rehabilitation and integration into society. Other activities held by the soup kitchens include events such as Oneg Shabbat, holyday meals as well as Passover seders help for hundreds. More than 600 meals are delivered daily to homes in Bnei-Brak, Tel Aviv, Ra'anana, Kfar Saba, Ashdod and Emanouel in the Semarian region. Meals are provided to the needy as well as new immigrants upon their arrival.
As gallant Jewish soldiers risk their lives to defend the home front, the soup kitchen has been waging its own battle: satiating the appetites of hundreds of fiscally- and physically-scarred Jewish citizens who have fled from missile-battered Sderot, Ashdod, Ashkelon, and Be'er Sheva. On average we have been serving over 1,000 meals a day. Besides for its present military campaign, Israel is also currently in midst of what some people see as an economic recession. According to Israeli government statistics, nearly 36% of the country's population is living at or below the poverty line. The double whammy of war and recession has exacerbated human suffering, as thousands of already economically-challenged residents from southern Israel have recently been laid off from their jobs. Young families have struggled to feed their children, while elderly residents have had limited access to the basic necessities needed to survive.
The soup kitchen, recognizing the dire need for assistance, is working hard to allay some of the suffering. During the current crisis, many families are eating their meals in the main dining hall, while others see their meals delivered directly to the houses where they are being hosted until the Gaza fighting dies down. Our staff members also do their best to offer a warm smile and an attentive ear to the needy families. In addition, we along with local authorities have been working to alleviate some of these families' financial worries. Providing help while Israeli soldiers battle the country's enemies is not new to Aleh Foundation. During the fighting in Lebanon a few years ago, The Foundation hosted families fleeing from the onslaught of Hizbullah missile attacks upon northern Israeli cities. While the fighting in Gaza may soon cease, there may well be short and long-term financial ramifications for many people. The recession in Israel is still on, and the unemployment rate may well rise. Aleh Foundation stands to have a busy year ahead. For more information on the soup kitchen and its activities - which are supported by such rabbis as Rav Aron Leib Steinman and the Lelover and Rachmistrivka Rebbes - call 718-851-4596 (United States) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org