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Chanukah in ISRAEL

Israel needs your Chanukah Miracle!

Shalom and Chag Sameach! As the wistful scent of jelly doughnuts emanates from bakeries and supermarkets across the globe, the Jewish nation prepares for the celebration of Chanukah.  This year Chanukah also celebrates life! We celebrate survival! We celebrate what the pandemic hasn't conquered, and all of that has sustained!  We celebrate the miracle of Chanukah, and the miracles we are reliving.  As we hold our loved ones closer and watch the lights of Chanukah illuminate our homes and hearts.  It is then, that we make room for more life, more miracles, and more opportunities to better our world.

It is both heartbreaking and profound to discover just how many homes and families this pandemic has hurt. It is with great sorrow that we mourn cherished friends and family members we have lost during this time. And as we pick up the pieces of what this pandemic hasn't destroyed, we focus on rebuilding, recreating, and replenishing our world. The nation of Israel is quite accustomed to starting over. Throughout history, we have been persecuted and banished only to rebuild, reproduce, and reconstruct our families, our nation, our homes, and our country.  Similarly, the citizens of Israel are no strangers to tragedy, war, and severe economic distress. Yet, it is no surprise that one could NEVER become accustomed to hunger.  And yet this pandemic has left many families in Israel on the front lines of poverty.  Hard-working families are left jobless with the daily struggle of providing food for their children. 

We cannot fix everything...but ensuring the needy in Israel have a Chanukah Sameach is something we CAN fix! This Chanukah, let's ensure that the needy in Israel are able to celebrate with hope and joy in their hearts!  It is through our unity that the Jewish nation has survived our very turbulent history. Unity has always held us together, and together we can conquer all! During this struggling time, let's give needy families in Israel the opportunity to celebrate our nation's miracles with the help of their brothers and sisters abroad. 

It is our great hope that with your help, families in Israel will have the ability to put food on the table and their children can indulge in eating Latkes’ and Jelly Doughnuts, as the smell of Simcha fills the air.  As Jews, we have a mitzvah to “celebrate be Simcha!” During this struggling time, let's give needy families in Israel the opportunity to celebrate our nation's miracles with the help of their brothers and sisters abroad. 

By sending the needy in Israel “Food Cards” you are giving YOUR brethren a chance to celebrate again, to rise from this pandemic with respect and dignity as they celebrate Chanukah be Simcha!

Victims of terror,

Families of IDF soldiers,

Orphans and needy families,


Should you wish to donate online, please click HERE

Meet our volunteers and professionals making all of this happen in Israel!

Each month throughout the year, the Jewish Assistance & Relief Network (JAR) provides close to 2,000 Food Cards for needy families in Israel with a minimum value of $80 to as much as $600, and during the holidays, the numbers go up to 3-5,000 families with assistance of at least $80 to help with the added holiday expenses.

Highlights of the Food Card Program:

Recipients are chosen by local Ministry of Welfare offices based on specified criteria; many families work, but are struggling to make ends meet. Some lost their jobs, family sickness, economic hardships caused by the war on terror, death, etc.

Families receive pre-paid food debit cards accepted throughout Israel at any of the 400 Branches of Supersol, Blue Square National Supermarket, Machsanei HaShuk, Victory, and Yeinot Beitan chain stores, where they shop with dignity, and are able to buy foods of their choice.

Our Food Cards are pre programmed so that families can only purchase basic food and household products, and exclude any purchase of cigarettes, alcohol, clothing, cosmetics, electronics, or gourmet foods.

Food Cards are issued for six months and sometimes extended for another six months if there are extenuating circumstances, giving families time to adapt to their new economic situation and to learn how to live within their means.

Recipient families are overseen by their local welfare officers with additional oversight by the Jewish Assistance Fund, the Israeli arm of JAR.

Food Cards are programmed with different amounts based on donor specifications and recipient needs. 

Cards are issued throughout the year, including during war and holidays. Recipients come from all walks of life and from all over Israel with absolutely no discrimination, and include: orphans, single parent families, holocaust survivors, the elderly, soldiers of the IDF, and special needs children, etc.

Our administrative budget in Israel is covered by the rebates we receive from the national retailers so that 100% of your donation goes directly to feed needy families. There is NO warehouse and logistical fees spent to cover packaging and distribution costs as families receive their cards in the mail and then go shop like all other citizens.

With blessings for a bright and illuminating Festival of Lights!

With best wishes,

Thank you!

Happy Chanukah!

!תודה רבה וחנוכה שמח


Please Make Checks Out To:

Global Jewish Assistance & Relief Network

1414 Carroll Street Brooklyn. NY 11213

GJARN is a non-profit organization registered under 501 (c) 3.

If you can not donate online, please send in your check or money order, in whatever amount you can afford so that we continue and grow even stronger.

Sat, October 16 2021 10 Cheshvan 5782