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As Gap in Israel Between Rich and Poor Widens, More Children Suffer

Though Israel is known as the “Start-Up Nation,” the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) reports that the Jewish state has one of the highest poverty rates of any developed country with the gap between the rich and the poor ever widening. Moreso, the report contends that single-parent families or families with only one […]

The Face of Hunger in Israel

Ruth’s father died two years ago of cancer. Since then, her mother, Yaffa has been struggling to raise Ruth and her brother on the meager salary she earns from ironing shirts at a local laundromat. Without charitable support, the family would have almost nothing to eat. One organization that helps Yaffa maintain her family is […]

Photo Essay: How to Celebrate Purim

Make it a day of merrymaking and feasting, and as a holiday and an occasion for sending gifts to one another. Esther 9:19 (The Israel Bible™) The Biblical holiday of Purim, which falls out on March 1st of this year, is observed by fulfilling four specific commandments (mitzvot). These actions are reminders of the importance […]

A Refrigerator Full of Water: the Story of Rena and Shira

When 7-year-old Shira goes to bed, she bites her lip, reminding herself not to complain to her mother that she is hungry. Rena is a single mother whose husband left her two years ago.  Since then, he has refused to pay child support – leaving Rena, who married young with little education, to raise Shira […]

The Often Forgotten Connection Between Disabilities and Poverty

After years of helping members of the most marginalized part of Israeli society through Meir Panim’s restaurant-style soup kitchens, I have come to appreciate that anyone at anytime can find him or herself wondering from where his/her next meal will come. But there is one population that I consistently see walk in the door: individuals with […]