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One Long Island Teen’s Special Chanukah Tradition

14-year-old Ari Tuerack is a typical teenager in many ways. He lives with his family in Long Island, New York and attends North Shore Hebrew Academy. But Ari has an unusual annual tradition: each holiday season, he donates his Chanukah money to Meir Panim. “When I was four years old, my parents asked me if […]

Israel’s Soldiers Join in Meir Panim’s Dimona Branch Chanukah Celebrations!

Meir Panim’s Dimona branch not only organized special Chanukah celebrations for its regular patrons and the community at large, it also delivered a festive breakfast to Israeli soldiers serving in the area. As branch manager, Nissim stated, “Of course we do not forget the Maccabees of today!” Seeing the happiness and surprise on the faces of […]

Meir Panim’s Or Akiva Branch Lights of Lives Over Chanukah!

The entire week of Chanukah, Meir Panim’s Or Akiva branch manager, Ilanit Hafuta had no time to rest. She spent her time, along with her staff of volunteers, spreading Chanukah joy, light, treats and gifts to the city’s struggling citizens.   Ilanit’s warmth and care are well known. This special branch manager has developed close […]

Jerusalem Meir Panim Knows How to Party!

With Meir Panim’s Jerusalem branch renovations near completion, patrons and guests alike were happy to join in celebrating Chanukah!   Meir Panim’s Jerusalem branch held an open house during Chanukah welcoming young and old alike from the surrounding community. This wonderful celebration included face-painting, fresh popcorn, donuts, dancing and arts and crafts. The arts and crafts […]

From the Depths of Sderot Comes a Rising Star

Three years is a long time in the life of a teenager, especially one growing up in the Hamas rocket-ridden southern Israeli city of Sderot. Yet, 17-year-old Netanel Naftelayev has not only survived under adverse conditions – he is one of Sderot’s shining stars. The first time we met Netanel, he was participating in the […]