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June 4th, 2020

Government restrictions are easing and we can reopen our Restaurant-Style Soup Kitchens

The summer months have begun with good news in Israel as the government continues to ease restrictions and reopen its economy. Many of whom have been unemployed for months are getting back to work and adjusting back to normal life. Additionally, many of the restrictions that inhibited Meir Panim’s ability to care for the needy are being lifted.    This week, Israel has granted all restaurants to reopen which mea...
May 24th, 2020

Restrictions ease up in Israel, economy still has a long way to go

Israel is slowly starting to loosen up its restrictions, businesses and schools are beginning to open and some employees are able to return to work.  After almost three months in quarantine, we are finally able to reopen our After School Neighborhood Youth Center in Neviim! However, there are still restrictions that we are enforcing in our Centers to ensure that it’s a safe atmosphere. All teens have to wear masks and t...
May 14th, 2020

Sderot Teens Can’t Wait to Reunite!

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, there have been regulations to self-isolate, practice social distancing and some were forced into mandatory quarantine. These past few months have taken a toll on everyone, so news that Israel is relaxing some restrictions, was of course welcome. While social distancing rules are still in place, citizens in Israel are now able to travel away from home. Our staff at the Ben Gurion Youth Center in Sderot were quick to take advantag...
April 28th, 2020

MP Gives Back to Israeli Soldiers for Yom Hazikaron and Yom Haatzmaut

Throughout the State of Israel, IDF soldiers are treated like family and looked after by grateful residents. They are not viewed merely as anonymous military figures, but as sons and daughters, husbands and wives, mothers and fathers. Israelis deeply appreciate the sacrifice made by IDF officers, and this gratitude is especially pronounced around Yom Hazikaron and Yom Haatzmaut (Israeli Memorial Day and Independence Day). This profound sense of gratitude was compounded this year because of th...
April 28th, 2020

Meir Panim Volunteers Visit Graves of Fallen IDF Soldiers for Yom Hazikaron

Yom Hazikaron (Israel’s Memorial Day) is always the most solemn day on the calendar in the Jewish State. Residents throughout the State of Israel would ordinarily visit military cemeteries to honor the 23,816 IDF soldiers and victims of terror, who paid the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of the safety and security of the Jewish People. This year, the Coronavirus has prevented this hallowed tradition from taking place and the Israeli government has closed military cemeteries on Yom Hazikaron to ...
April 23rd, 2020

Flowers for Holocaust Survivors

This past Tuesday was Yom Hashoah, also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day. In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Illanit, our Or Akiva branch manager, arranged for deliveries of flowers and memorial candles to 500 local Holocaust Survivors.  With so many Holocau...
April 23rd, 2020

Free Shuk Day at Or Akiva

Tuesday was free shuk day in Or Akiva. Meir Panim’s Illanit was on hand to distribute food to the needy with the help of local volunteers. They also got help from the IDF as they sent soldiers to assist in the activities.   This weekly distribution ensures that the residents can get the groceries they need. While Meir Panim makes premade meals available, it is also important to stock their homes with food staple...
April 21st, 2020

Post Holiday Updates from Meir Panim

Meir Panim  has been very busy these past few weeks. Here is a quick update from our branches.

DIMONA

Nissim, our Dimona branch manager, delivered boxes of treats to a nearby army base. Because of COVID-19, the soldiers had not been home in over a month, and had to celebrate Passover alone. Meir Panim is honored to have been able to lift their spirits during these trying times. JERUSALEM ...
April 20th, 2020

Student at Hebrew U Gets Innovative With 3D Printed Masks

To ensure proper protection, Meir Panim has been trying to secure masks for their staff and volunteers to use in our facilities. But supplies are scarce and the search for new masks came up empty. The shortage had only intensified after Prime Minister’s Netanyahu’s new regulations that instructed everyone to wear a mask while outside of their homes, which prompted citizens across the country to scramble to find the last ones available. Read more >>
April 14th, 2020

A special gift for students in need in Tzefat

Meir Panim wants to send a big thank you for a very special donation we received this week.  A donor from New York, who has a special connection to a particular school in Tzefat, wanted to do something special for their students. This isn’t just any school, this is a school that caters to children that come from troubled and needy families.  To ensure that no student would have...