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January 29th, 2007

1 in 4 Israeli citizens poor

The poverty line is defined as 50% of the median net income and is adjusted to family size. The report also showed that over 35 percent of children in Israel were living in poverty. An NII source said the poverty rate was relatively stable. The increase in poverty amongst children and families has halted, and poverty among elderly citizens continues to fall, due to an increase in supplementary income payments. Dr. Yigal Ben-Shalom, NII Director-General, said that although the poverty rate was...
January 25th, 2007

More Mitzvah Than “Bar” For NYC Youngster

In the spirit of the occasion, Matthew’s parents, Gaby and Howard, along with his older brother Steven and the Gross and Herring family’s of Manhattan, decided to fly to Israel, in order to perform chesed work at a Meir Panim Relief Center in Kiryat Malachi.

Meir Panim Relief Centers throughout Israel have become a lifeline to tens of thousands of poor families, which include youngsters such as Matthew. Recognizing the need to help kids his own age enjoy a hot and nourishing meal,...
January 12th, 2007

Only half the children who are eligible receive food assistance

The Knesset Members blame the Ministry of Education, which in turn blames the local authorities, who blame the parents. In the meantime, the children’s stomachs continue to grumble.

According to reliable data on the school food project, it was discovered that 67,144 students out of 141,728 are not receiving the daily lunches. The findings of the study, which was conducted by the Sacta-Rashi Foundation at the request of the Knesset Research and Information Center, were presented o...
January 9th, 2007

Hanukah Events at Meir-Panim- Power of Giving Branches Throughout Israel

Meir Panim branch in Hazor: A Hanukah party took place on Dec. 17th. A lavish food bar was set up for all 80 guests that included members of an immigrant organization and a senior facility in addition to the Meir Panim volunteers. The volunteers distributed treats from Hazor’s veteran residents. An orchestra provided musical entertainment in honor of the holiday.

January 8th, 2007

Strauss-Mehadrin and Meir Panim Warm Hearts & Homes In Israel

Recognizing that many residents, both young and old, would succumb to variety of debilitating winter maladies if this situation wasn’t dealt with quickly, Strauss-Mehadrin, the Haredi dairy division within the Strauss-Elite food conglomerate and Meir Panim Relief Centers joined forces in a community outreach campaign dubbed -“This Chesed Is All Yours”- to purchase and donate electric heaters. Consumers were urged to call a special phone number if they knew of a family in need of a heater with...
January 6th, 2007

HAFTR teen organizes successful chanukah toy drive for needy children in Israel

Her tour began volunteering instead of touring, and she volunteered at one of the Meir Panim facilities in a kitchen. After seing the need, she decided to dedicate a toy drive to Meir Panim Relief Centers. She put up flyers all over the school asking for donations, and asked that announcements be made during regular announcements each day. She was supervised by a teacher named Mrs. Rachel Gerstley. The toys were delivered to Meir Panim in Jerusalem on Chanukah. It included over 50 new toys, d...
December 31st, 2006

More than One out of Every Three Israeli Children Lives Under the Poverty Line

More than one out of every three Israeli children lives under the poverty line, according to the 2006 annual statistics report submitted by the National Council for the Child (NCC) to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert last Wednesday. According to the report, in 2005 about 35% of all children living in Israel were considered poor, as compared to 33% in 2004.

The statistical data provided by the NCC reveal that at the end of 2005, 2,326,400 children lived in Israel. Although the number of...
December 26th, 2006

Walking for Meir Panim

Upon approaching their 50th Birthdays, this inspired couple decided that they needed to do something important that could benefit a worthy organization. They chose Meir Panim which harmonizes with their beliefs that charity, regardless of the differences we may have as Jews, can bring people together as “all are created in the image of HaShem”.

For more information and updates, please go to their weblog at www.walkingfo...
December 25th, 2006

Jewish Federation of Somerset Reaches Goal Of Financing Refrigerated Truck For Meir Panim!

The luncheon, which honored the community’s Lions of Judah, was the culmination of a successful community-wide campaign involving the corporate and business community, the children of many of the area synagogue's religious schools, sisterhoods, and individual donations.

Michael Fromm, chairman of the board of the American Friends of Meir Panim, represented the organization. Michael stumbled upon Meir Panim in Jerusalem five years ago when he was leading a mission to Israel and br...
December 24th, 2006

Spreading The Word In Hong Kong

The gathering, which was held in a cordial atmosphere, provided the guests with a unique opportunity to ask how they could get directly involved in contributing to Meir Panim’s various outreach programs in Israel. Meir Panim is proud to welcome the members of the Hong Kong Jewish community into our family and looking forward to working with them on a variety of projects.

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