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November 17th, 2020

Inspiring Creativity in Meir Panim’s Ben Gurion Neighborhood Youth Center in Sderot

With Israel currently riding out its second wave of COVID-19, the country remains under strict guidelines which prohibit indoor gatherings and schools from reopening in person. While operating under these restrictions has certainly been a challenge for Meir Panim’s Neighborhood Youth Centers, the center’s staff have come up with creative ways to safely engage its teens under these unprecedented circumstances. With schools closed, the function of our Neighborhoo...
November 9th, 2020

Rotem Industries Teams Up With Meir Panim to Give Back During Lockdown

Israel is slowly opening up from a state of lockdown. Schools are beginning to reopen and some Israelis are finally returning to work. The unemployment rate is still high at nearly 23%, but there is hope that things will improve for the better. Meir Panim is still serving three times more clients than they did pre-pandemic. Restaurant-Style Soup Kitchen staff and volunteers are working around the clock in order to ensur...
November 9th, 2020

Teen Centers in Sderot Make Major Impact On Their Community During Lockdown

Just as Israel was settling in to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the country entered a mandatory lockdown due to an uptick in COVID-19 cases. And as a result, schools and stores closed, leaving many in quarantine and at home alone. In Sderot, Meir Panim’s Neighborhood Youth Center staff gathered together and offered their students an opportunity to make their days more productive while they waited for schools to resume. Instead of the usual activities, which normally include large gatherings,...
October 20th, 2020

Our Sderot Neighborhood Youth Centers’ Spirit Can Never Be Locked Down

For most teenagers, the hardest thing about being in isolation is not being able to visit friends and family. But for the at-risk youth in Sderot, being in isolation has a completely different meaning. The Neighborhood Youth Center has been a resource for helping the at-risk teens manage the difficulties and hardships in their lives. Through the mentoring they receive, they learn to work through their problems by learni...
October 20th, 2020

A New Years Message from MK Michael Biton

MK Michael Biton and former mayor of Yerucham sends out a message in support of Meir Panim. Biton explains why he makes a yearly donation to Meir Panim before the holidays, drawing on his first-hand experience of seeing the organization in action in the city of Yerucham and Dimona.
October 20th, 2020

Meir Panim Delivers Joy To Families In Need Over Sukkot

The Meir Panim Branches are always busy during the Holiday season. This year with the coronavirus pandemic spiraling out of control, our Restaurant-Style Soup Kitchens have been busier than ever before!  This holiday season, our staff and volunteers have been working from sunrise to sunset in order to meet the ever-growing demand for meals. Additionally, because of the second lockdown in Israel, many Israelis are limite...
September 30th, 2020

Rosh Hashanah Preparation in Meir Panim Branches Across Israel

As we began the High Holiday season, Meir Panim was busy packaging and preparing thousands of meals to deliver to needy families all over Israel. With Coronavirus cases at a record high, the country went into another full lockdown. With so many people unemployed, our Branch managers, staff and volunteers were working overtime each day to ensure everyone that was in need of a Holiday package received one.

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September 15th, 2020

Meir Panim Activities in Sderot

Sderot is home to three of Meir Panim’s highly successful After School Neighborhood Youth Centers. The center addresses the needs of at-risk youth from disadvantaged backgrounds and engages them in different activities and special programs that focus on helping the youth develop life and academic skills while simultaneously providing a safe environment for them. 

Counselors are getting creative with activities without...

meir panim back to school supplies
September 1st, 2020

Meir Panim Helping Children Go Back to School in Israel

The summer of 2020 will go down in history for being the most turbulent one yet!  Between COVID-19 and the seemingly endless protests in both the United States and in Israel - there has been plenty on everyone’s mind. Now, with summer over and a new chapter beginning, many children will finally be returning to school. This is a welcome relief for parents and children alike, who for months have been cooped up at home as summer camps and activities have been seve...
Meir Panim going from feeding hundreds to thousands
August 25th, 2020

In one day, Meir Panim went from feeding hundreds – to feeding thousands

Meir Panim does not flinch - continues to support and provide food

Meir Panim has felt this sudden increase in demand for meals. What was once a few hundred meals, has become thousands of meals daily to families with all kinds of financial backgrounds. In this new reality, Meir Panim has had to adjust on the fly in their operations. And thankfully there has been a silver...