Israel's poor await government's shortfall for holiday

Yad Ezra V’ Shulamit is asking for your help to ensure that everyone in Israel will be able to celebrate the Passover holiday free from hunger and with dignity.
Photo Credit: Yad Ezra V’Shulamit

Israel’s government traditionally gives money to organizations like Yad Ezra V’ Shulamit, which provide Passover baskets to families in need. However, in 2016, the government contributed only 20 NIS ($5) per basket. $5 for a family does not buy much but every penny counts when you live below the poverty lineWhat can you buy in Israel for $5? One gallon of milk, one dozen eggs or one box of regular matzo – but not all three. 20 NIS per family will not provide a joyful or dignified Seder and holiday.

If you would like to help cover the shortfall and “invite the hungry of Israel to eat this Passover,” please click here

Yad Ezra V’Shulamit calls on all Jewish people and their friends to help close the gap. "No one can make Passover with $5 and the government knows it. It counts on us to provide for Israel's poor,” said Aryeh Lurie, founder of Yad Ezra V'Shulamit. “Most people do not realize that 1/3 of all Israelis are categorized as needy. We are on par with Mexico for the number of children who live below the poverty line. We ask everyone to give at least one food basket. We all read at the Seder, ‘whoever is hungry, let them come eat’ and we want to make this a reality for all Israelis. We have no choice but to turn to the public to help fill the gap.”

If you would like to help cover the shortfall and “invite the hungry of Israel to eat this Passover,” please click here

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A small basket costs $100. $150 provides a basket for a large family, which is at least 95% more than the $5 government subsidy. We hope that the government will increase this meager contribution to Israel's poor. However, since we won't know the final amount of the government contribution until after Passover, we are turning to you, here and abroad, to make up the difference and ensure that everyone in Israel will be able to celebrate the holiday free from hunger and with dignity.

Watch: Yad Ezra V'Shulamit in action

Over the next few weeks, Yad Ezra V’Shulamit will be distributing food baskets and food vouchers to 20,000 families, feeding over 100,000 people.  If you would like to help cover the shortfall and “invite the hungry of Israel to eat this Passover,” please click here.



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