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A Family in Distress

For the five Ben David children, life has not been easy. Their father is wheelchair bound, and requires assistance for many basic activities. Their mother, although her love for her children is boundless, has difficulty running her home due limited intelligence and various special needs. Due to their parents limitations, social workers have become involved to make sure that the home is functioning and that the children are being taken care of. But despite all the intervention, the home lacks basic necessities and furniture. Karmey Chesed was made aware of Ben David's situation and volunteers were dispatched to supply them with some basic furniture and appliances- a refrigerator and washing machine; beds and mattresses. In addition to the gifts of these basic furnishings and appliances that filled the family's heart with happiness, the family has also began to recieve weekly food packages sponsored by Karmey Chesed.

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Shopping Spree

Throughout the winter, Karmey Chesed has been hard at work taking care of underprivileged families that others have forgotten about. All Jews throughout the world pray facing Israel, and specifically Jerusalem. Even in the diaspora, Israel is on the forfront of the minds of Jews of all different types. But for those who do have the privilege of coming to live here in Israel, it is not always easy to adjust. A different language, culture and laws, many find the adjustment difficult at best. Recently, Karmey Chesed was put in touch with a family from Cholon, recent immigrants from the Ukraine. Due to accrued debts, their apartment, car and furniture was repossessed, leaving the family with absolutely nothing. With no place to call home, they moved in to one room in the home of a kind elderly couple. Although extremely grateful, the cramped living conditions were less than ideal. And even more problematic, was that the parents had no way money to buy food for their two young children. The young mother was distraught, fearing that the malnutrition would cause her children permanent damage. In her desperation she was put in touch with Karmey Chesed. Immediately, Karmey Chesed told her to go buy whatever she needed at the SuperMarket and that Karmey Chesed would foot the bill.


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To Save a Family

After years of severe financial difficulty, the tension in the Tzadok household was at its maximum. Struggling to stay afloat and support their seven children, the pressure of living under the weight of mounting debts was causing Sara to break down emotionally. One day, she lost it. She demanded a divorce from her husband of over a decade, and even started talking about suicide. Her husband, understanding that her emotional state was the result of the extreme financial pressure, turned in desperation to Karmey Chesed for help. Always looking to help, Karmey Chesed provided them with some financial assistance. But even more significantly, provided natural based, and expensive, anti-anxiety pills to help return Sara to a state of equilibrium. Some time later, Sara's husband called to express his gratitude. Sara was once again functioning as a wife and mother, and their house had returned to being a home. As the family was just about to fall apart, Karmey Chesed had stepped in to literally save a family.


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It's Cold in Here!

Yuval came to Israel from Etheopia 13 years ago with his pregnant mother and two sisters. His father remained in Ethiopia and has not been in touch with the family.
Although they do not regret leaving Ethiopia, the adjustment to life in Israel was hard. Yuval's mother, very much alone and doing her best to support her small children, was not able to make ends meet.
Yuval is now a grown man serving in the IDF. His dream is to get a proffessional certificate so that he can support his wonderful mother and siblings. But in the meantime, Yuval and his family live in severe poverty. There is not warm cloths or heating. Windows of there small rundown apartment in Neve Yosef are broken, allowing the cold air free run of their home.
Karmey Chesed has provided them with funds to repair their windows and buy warm cloths, and furnishings to turn their small abode into a home.

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Paving the Road back to Stability

Unable to meet their mortgage payments, Yaakov, Rivka and their eight children were in danger of being thrown out onto the street. Desperate to save their family from being homeless, Yaakov managed to arrange for various loans and thus managed to keep the family afloat. Yaakov's medical condition had prevented him from keeping a steady job and despite his best efforts, the family had been floundering. Recently, Yaakov has been more stable medically and found himself suitable employment. His wife, Rivka, has been taking courses so that she too can contribute financially. But their past loans still hang heavy on their shoulders. Everywhere they go- the supermarket, the doctor's office- creditors approach demanding payment. They felt unable to move forward and rehabilitate their family, despite their best efforts, due to the repercussions of those difficult, black years.

Hearing of their painful situation, Karmey Chesed quickly became involved taking them for financial counseling and running a special campaign to help raise the funds needed to pay back their loans and provide for their family. When the check came, Karmey Chesed even drove Yaakov straight to the bank so the funds could be used immediately. 

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Returning Home

In Israel, there are many olim who have chosen to leave everything behind in their country of origin to return home to the Jewish State. Although they have fulfilled the dream of returning to live amongst their brothers in their homeland, the change is hard and there are many challenges, both financially and emotionally, that are part of the package.
In one of the Southern communities in Israel, there is a group of young men, mostly originating from Russia, that are currently renting an apartment together. Due their status as recent immigrants, they have not yet fully acclimated to Israeli life and culture and are still struggling. Karmey Chesed was able to provide them with furnishings for their apartment, along with a generous dose of support and encouragement, thus assisting them as they embark on this challenging, yet immensely rewarding journey.


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Warmth for the Soul

At the end of a long day, children from all over come home excited to share stories from their day over a warm, nutritious meal.  But in the home of the Shimoni family, there is a very different picture.  When the family's five children return from school, there is no one to greet them, and no warm meal to nourish them after their long day.  Their sick mother is in the hospital, and their father stands vigil next to her bed through days and nights.  The house is in disarray, and there is no one to care for the children.

When Karmey Chesed heard of their plight, the organization arranged for a group of women to volunteer to cook for the family throughout the week, providing warm and nourishing meals for their bodies, and thus returning some warmth to their souls.

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And the couple rejoiced

Cries of "Mazal Tov", music and smiling faces. The new bride and groom glow in the happiness of having found each other. Only beneath the smiles, there is the ever-preworry- how will they manage to put together their new home? Both bride and groom come from poor homes, lacking the most basic of necessities. Their parents would not even be able to dream of properly setting up the new couple.
Through the help of Karmey Chesed, a short time before the wedding, volunteers came to their rented apartment baring furniture and electrical appliances, turning into a home.
With the help of Karmey Chesed, the young couple was able to stand under the wedding canopy with a full and happy heart.


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Remember the Children

When a family has a child with a learning disability, it can be extremely draining both financially and emotionally. Therapy sessions, private tutors, specialists who claim that their method will be the one that works; What parent would not do anything and everything possible to help a struggling child? Now, multiply that by four. Karmey Chesed was recently put in touch with a family of nine children, three of whom suffer from dyslexia and one who has various other issues. The family had already been in a difficult financial situation, but the special needs of their children were pushing them over the edge. Karmey Chesed brought them various food items to feed their bodies, but also did not forget to bring the children toys and games to feed the souls of these children, suffering so much due to their learning disabilities.


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A Place to Call Home

Meet Mordechai and Sylvia, parents of 7 wonderful children living in central Israel.  Life was always a bit of a struggle, but somehow they always managed to get by.  Until about 2 years ago, when, due to various circumstances their financial situation took a nose dive and since then they have been drowning in debts and general financial hardship.   But, just when they thought it could not get any worse, it did.  Their landlord, fed up with their delinquent payments, if they managed to pay at all, removed all of their possessions from their rental apartment and threw them out onto the street. Furniture was ruined, and they had nowhere to call home.  Enter Karmey Chesed.  With just one phone call, they received fund to help get themselves up again along with a smile and words of encouragement.  


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For a Sweet New Year

Red notces for unpaid bills have been known to appear on their door.  A proud, but struggling family manages to stretch food- managing with only one chicken per week to feed a family of eight.  As the Jewish New Year approached, without a way to buy food for the holidays, they turned to Karmey Chesed in sheer desperation. Karmey Chesed was able to provide them with funds to help cover the costs of the holiday season, giving them the oppertunity to start the New Year with a smile.


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A Sweet New Year

In honor of Rosh HaShana, Karmey Chesed is proud to be providing tens of thousands of shekels worth of food and other holiday necessities to over 200 needy families of Gush Katif Refugees.
Distribution will take place in Nitzan, Ashkelon, Ain Tzurim, Yad Binyamin, Miflasim and Karmia.
What a great way to start the new year!


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For the Newest Addition

Every new mother wants to be able to dress her baby in something cute and soft. In Israel, families with many children struggle to feed their family and keep a roof over their head. Cloths are passed down from sibling to sibling, and the younger children often wear worn out, stained old clothing. This week, Karmey Chesed was proud to be able to provide decent baby cloths for a family with many children who could not afford new clothing for their new addition. Some food items were also packaged with their care parcel uplift their spirits during what should be a joyous time.


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An Apartment Upgrade

For two and a half years, the Green family lived in a small apartment of about 645 square feet (60 square meters). Living in such cramped quarters would be challenging for any family with a lot of small children, but it was especially challenging for the Green's whose 7 year old son was severely handicapped and confined to a wheelchair. Maneuvering the wheelchair around their cramped living area was a constant challenge. But if that was not enough, their small apartment was located on the second story of a building with no elevator. Each morning and afternoon, getting their handicapped son to his school bus necessitated carrying him up and down those two flights of stairs. As the child grew, this task became more and more physically challenging. Mr. Green desperately wished to relocate his family to a larger apartment, but his salary was just enough to cover the families living expenses and he was unable to put together the funds to do so. When Karmey Chesed was made aware of the family's situation, a sum of money was put together for them that enabled them to move to a larger apartment on the ground floor. A little more breathing space, no more shlepping their wheelchair bound son up and down two flights of stairs- their burden a little lighter. They moved to their new residence about two weeks ago, and still cannot stop calling to thank the organizations founder for the tremendous change for the better in their lives.


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For the Children

After her husband left, S was left alone with four small children to raise. In Israel, even families with two decent incomes often have a hard time making ends meet, but as a single mother with the financial burden resting solely on her shoulders, S was struggling to provide even the basic necessities of life for her children. The bed that the four children shared was broken, but with barely enough money in the house to cover food and clothing, S just could not even think about providing her children with a decent place to sleep. When Karmey Chesed was made aware of the families situation they quickly stepped in to provide the children with a comfortable sleeping accommodation. The children can sleep well at night thanks to their new bed, and the knowledge that someone out there cares about them.

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Large Scale Giving

This week it was our honor to help the needy on a large scale. A soup kitchen, located in the Jerusalem area turned to us in desperation when their refrigerator broke down. Providing meals for the hungry is always a daunting task, but without a working refrigerator it would be impossible to provide meals to the needy individuals who were counting on the soup kitchen for their hot meal of the day. Within a short time, Karmey Chesed located and delivered a working refrigerator that suited the soup kitchen's needs.


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Can this Story be True?

Sometimes we read stories of families that are so sad that they almost don't sound like they can be true. This past week, Karmey Chesed became involved with a family that fits that description. A father of a large family, son of Holocaust survivors who suffers from depression as a result of his childhood experiences as the son of survivors, a sufferer of diabetes, also recently had a mild heart attack, and is also has a few children with special needs. Understandably, he is having a hard time providing for his family and, in addition to all of his other troubles, is also struggling financially. Karmey Chesed was able to provide the family with food, financial assistance and just as importantly, emotional and psychological support.


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Creating Smiles

Karmey Chesed recently learned of the plight of a single mother, am immigrant from Ethiopia, who was stricken with kidney disease. Due to her unfortunate circumstances, the children had been sleeping on a old, broken bed, unable to afford even a second hand bed in decent condition. In addition to providing the family with a brand new bed, which they received just yesterday, they were also provided with financial support to help ease their burden and bring back the smile to their faces.


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Water is Life

Water is life. Without it, a person cannot survive. We use it for drinking, washing, cleaning etc. This past week, a family with young children turned to us for help as their water had been turned off since they were unable to pay the bill for a number of months. Karmey Chesed gave them the funds necessary to have their water restored, and realizing that if their water was turned off due to lack of payment, there was certainly other things lacking in the household. After finding about a bit about the families situation, Karmey Chesed also provided them with a large food package as well as other basic appliances that they were lacking.

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Even the Youngest Child can Give

Even the youngest child can be trained to have a opened heart and a giving hand. The other day, the 12 year old daughter of the founder of Karmey Chesed, R' Aryeh Weingarten, came hold and told her father about a young girl in her class whose family was going through a difficult time financially and emotionally. The child's mother had recently had a few cardiac episodes, and a divorced older daughter had just moved back home. The financial situation in the home was difficult before and was only compounded by these recent difficulties. And during this challenging time, their younger daughter was turning 12, bat mitzvah age. Under the circumstances, the family could not afford to celebrate this major milestone in their daughters life appropriately. Rabbi Wiengarten's daughter's heart went out to her young friend, and after talking to her father and checking out the family situation, it was decided that Karmey Chesed will be making her a bat mizvah party. The event, although modest, will mark this significant milestone in her life in a way that she and her family will forever remember and be grateful for.


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A Place to Rest their Heads

The "S" family lives in a small, crowded caravan due to their inability to afford proper housing. The family lacks basic furnishings, and the children sleep on blankets on the floor due to their lack of beds. When Karmey Chesed learned of their plight, volunteers brought them beds and mattresses for all of the children through the organizations "Green Charity" program. Finally, the children can get a good night sleep and thus, concentrate on their studies during the day!


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And the Bride will Rejoice

A wedding is supposed to be a joy filled time for a new bride and groom, but when the bride comes from a needy family there is the constant shadow of worry. Electrical appliances, dishes, pots...how will they manage to put together a new home? Through Karmey Chesed's unique green charity program, one such needy bride recently had a excellent quality second hand washing machine delivered and installed free of charge.

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A Family in Need

Boris came from Russia to Israel to make a better life for his family. Unfortunately, things did not go according to plan and due to a medical condition he has been unable to work and found himself, his wife and four children without a roof over their heads. The family has no stable home and has taken to sleeping on benches in local synagogues. Karmey Chesed recently learned of Boris's plight and has begun to provide financial and, just as importantly, emotional assistance. Donations of food and clothing will also be provided to the family in the days to come.


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When a Hero Needs Saving

Sometimes even our heroes need help.
The IDF soldiers that serve to protect our country are also regular people that are also susceptible to "regular people" difficulties. One such former IDF soldier, a young husband, was having difficulty providing for his new wife resulting in tension at home. Karmey Chesed not only provided him with food and clothing, but also provided funds for marital counseling to help this young couple get back on track.


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When the Tables are Turned

No one is immune to falling on hard times-
In an unfortunate twist of fate a father of seven, who himself was once involved in helping the needy, recently came to the point that he himself was forced to turn to Karmey Chesed for assistance. In addition to providing financial assistance, Karmey Chesed has assisted him in his quest to find a new job, and is also involved with providing emotional support during this trying and difficult time.

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Supporting the Widow

In a conversation with one of our volunteers, he was telling me about 2 different widows with large families that he recently helped through Karmey Chesed. Both are struggling, but too embarrassed to ask for help. Our volunteer unobtrusively went over to their homes, looked around to see what they needed, and then brought over some much needed furniture and provisions. What a wonderful way to do chessed! (acts of kindness)


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A smile back on her face - literally!

Raising eight children alone in the shadow of her husband's incapacitating illness, Sarah was suffering on all fronts. Money for much needed groceries, medicine and heating was completely nonexistent. Who could possibly come to her aid and pay for all these daily essentials in the bitter cold winter?

To compound the problem, Sarah a young woman in her 30's, suffered from genetic dental problems. Her extensive tooth loss caused her severe shame, and she was too embarrassed to go out in public. She spent hours crying over her plight, knowing that dental implants was not only too costly but completely out of the question when her family couldn't afford milk.

When other organizations turned her down, Karmey Chessed stepped in to help Sarah. After providing monetary assistance for the family's most basic needs, Karmey Chessed surprised Sarah with a gift of dental care, covering the entire cost of her much needed dentures. While the funds for groceries, medicine, and utilities brought joy to her home, the dental care definitely put a smile back on her face!

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"Mommy, I'm thirsty!"

A small run-down apartment, with peeling paint and crumbling walls housed the eleven members of the Katz family. Although at one time they had been financially stable, their lot took a turn for the worse and business was bad. Today, nine children filled the home, but there was no income there was no funds to pay the bills.

The electricity had already been turned off when Moshe, one of the younger children, walked over to the kitchen sink. With no food in the house, he learned to fill up on water to quench his hunger. He reached over to turn on the faucet and let out a moan - there is no water either. The municipality finally gave in to its threats and cut off the water.

Learning about this dire situation, an emergency fundraising campaign was underway and Karmey Chessed collected close to $1500 for the Katz family. The funds were used to pay the family's utility bills, restoring electricity and water. Karmey Chessed toured the home and discovered how many basic household appliances were missing. The organization purchased a much needed washing machine, and stocked the fridge and pantry with food.

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A Cry in the Dark

Until they moved into a slightly larger dwelling, Dina's three room apartment was packed with ten children. Unfortunately, the move did little to lessen the suffering of this needy family.

In Dina's attempt to save her children from starvation, a ten thousand shekel debt was accrued at the local grocery store. But the generosity of the grocery store owner wore thin and when he no longer allowed Dina to purchase food on credit, the cupboards were bare.
A cry is heard in the darkness - the electric company cut off the family's electric supply. Pitifully, checks return regularly due to insufficient funds. One of the children suffers from a bent back due to severe malnutrition, and this little girl requires $100,000 corrective surgery. Who can Dina turn to in her time of anguish?

Karmey Chessed is the only organization that can lift this needy family out of the debts of thier despair. The exorbitant sums were immediately collected and food baskets and volunteers are sent regularly, continuing to help Dina and her children. Thanks to Karmei Chessed, Dina and her family has finally begun to see light in their lives.

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