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March 24th, 2021

Meir Panim Celebrates Passover with More Giving Than Ever Before

As Passover approaches, Meir Panim’s branches across the country are busy preparing for one of the most celebrated Jewish holidays. Ever since the outbreak of COVID-19, holiday preparations have changed dramatically for our Restaurant-Style Soup Kitchens, and this Passover is no different. However, our staff continues to rise to the occasion and overcome the challenges. Since hosting our communal seders was not an option, tens of thousands of meals were prepared and packaged for deliver...
Israeli Police help at Ohr Akiva
March 4th, 2021

Israeli Police Shoulders the Load

Here in Israel, the fight against COVID-19 is taken very seriously. The country has banded together to fight the pandemic.Israel has been under mandatory lockdown for more days than any country in the world, and today, they lead the world in vaccinating its population by a wide margin. Sitting at the forefront of the battle is the Israeli Police Force, who are on the ground ensuring that the population adheres to all of the health guidelines. But what’s less known is that many of them are ...
March 1st, 2021

Purim at Meir Panim

Especially amidst the pandemic, Meir Purim has fully embraced the Purim spirit. One of the most important aspects of Purim is to take part in all of the customs and traditions:
  1. Sending baskets of food to friends and family
  2. Dressing up in costume
March 1st, 2021

Warming Hearts Every Day All Over Israel

The past week in Israel was one of the coldest in recent memory. Jerusalem had its first snow day in two years, and its heaviest snowfall since 2014. And when the bitter winter sets in, Meir Panim prepares to bundle up those who are left in the cold.  Early in the week, Meir Panim got a call from a family in the northern seaside city of Haifa. They explained that due to the economic crisis in Israel caused by the pandem...
February 23rd, 2021

Daily Giving – Thank You from Meir Panim

Here at Meir Panim, we know what it means to be a daily giver. Every day, of every month, of every year, Meir Panim staff and volunteers all over Israel go out and make a difference in the lives of the thousands of needy Israelis. All year round, Meir Panim cooks thousands of meals, feeds hundreds of families and provides comfort an...
February 8th, 2021

Spirit of Kindness at Meir Panim Branches

At Meir Panim, our unique approach to giving has allowed us to bring communities together and create a sense of family among our patrons, staff, and volunteers. We understand that common bonds are created through helping others, which can create a ripple effect for doing good. We have had the opportunity to share these values of compassion for others with thousands of people. This month, two of Meir Panim’s Branches had the privilege of connecting with the younger generation to create a ne...
January 5th, 2021

Updates from Meir Panim, as Israel Fights off Third Wave of the Coronavirus

Israel is facing a record-breaking wave of COVID-19, with each day bringing news of rising cases and death rates. This has forced the Israeli government to extend its third lockdown until at least the end of January, with a possibility of an extension. The strain of the virus on Israel’s economy is growing daily and becoming more difficult for the country's middle class to endure. Unemployment rates are up as small and large businesses struggle to make ends meet in lockdown. Meir Panim,...
December 23rd, 2020

A Very Special Chanukah With Meir Panim

In a year where the world has been flipped upside down and spun like a dreidel, it’s certainly nice to be at the end of it, celebrating Chanukah! One major theme of the holiday is that even in the darkest of times, there is always light. That has certainly been true for the world as the holiday coincided with the release of the first COVID-19 vaccines. At Meir Panim, we have also been able to create light amidst the darkness this Chanukah, as we helped needy in...
December 8th, 2020

Uncertainty around COVID-19 as Israel Begins Chanukah Celebrations

Chanukah 2020 begins on Thursday night, the 10th of December, a time of year that is usually marked by celebrations with family and friends, has never been met with more uncertainty for Israel’s needy.  Since the beginning of COVID-19, the loss of jobs and the economic downturn in Israel has been well documented. Each of the two lockdowns has intensified the financial difficulties, and now, with the rate of infection in...
December 6th, 2020

Pizza Anyone?

Every day, Meir Panim sends out hundreds of packaged meals to the needy from its five Restaurant-Style Soup Kitchen branches across Israel. Since COVID-19, most of these meals get prepared and packaged on-site by Meir Panim volunteers, but once in a while, it’s nice to be treated to something special.  Last week, Dan Koweity, a long time volunteer and supporter of Meir Panim, made a special gift for the speedy recovery ...