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Chanukah In Israel!

Chanukah is a highly anticipated holiday for many Jewish children and individuals all over the world! The excitement accompanied with the smell of Jelly doughnuts and Latkes in the air is far too joyful to ignore! As stores stock up on Dreidels, Chanukah games, decorations, and parents scramble to buy presents for their family and friends, the cheerful energy of Chanukah fills the air! Many families anticipate gathering around the warm glow of the candles, as children play dreidel games, and feast on doughnuts. This anticipation continues to exist year after year.

But, did you know that such festivities are a real challenge in Israel this year? Many community Chanukah events have been canceled due to the coronavirus restrictions. These same events serve thousands of needy families yearly, and such families rely on them in order to join in celebration! With the ramifications of inflation in Israel, food costs and toiletries have risen by 50 percent, leaving thousands of needy families in dire need of support! 

In Israel, there are plenty of families who lack the ability to provide the experiences of presents, latkes, and Chanukah celebrations this year! The pandemic has caused severe tremendous economic distress! And the added taxation has made groceries a tremendous challenge to obtain!  Even hard working families have succumbed to request food aid leaving thousands of ADDITIONAL FAMILIES IN DIRE NEED OF SUPPORT! Israel has seen many businesses shut down this year, and unemployment rose beyond what the country could handle. Therefore, it is no surprise that these struggling families see this Chanukah as an added pressure, as many parents are unable to provide celebrations and festivities when they are struggling to provide their children with basic needs! THIS is why we are here!

Our mission at JAR is to ensure that families in Israel will have basic food and necessities in order to feed their families and join in the celebration of the festival of lights!

Please open your hearts and join us in ensuring that our needy Brethren in Israel are able to join us in the Chanukah celebration!

In the merit of your generous donation may you and your loved ones, and all of Am Yisrael, have a joyful and peaceful Chanukah!

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

or send a check by regular mail to: 

Global Jewish Assistance & Relief Network

1414 Carroll Street Brooklyn. NY 11213

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

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 $90 to as much as $600, and during the holidays, the numbers go up to 3-5,000 families with assistance of at least $90 to help with the added holiday expenses.

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

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

Wed, August 17 2022 20 Av 5782