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October 9th, 2007

The Best Time Ever

After two hours of standing on their feet and acting as busboys/waiters/social workers one might have expected a different reaction, but Elgie and Barbara Gibson finished their volunteer shift eager to return and work some more.

The Gibsons, from Seattle, Washington, were encouraged by a good friend to visit Meir Panim and see another side of Israel, the side that is often overlooked when visiting Israel. Eager to get to know the country and all its aspects, the Gibsons followed their f...

October 8th, 2007

Over 7,600 guest diners at Meir Panim Sukkahs in 5768

15,000 holiday food packages were distributed in all of the organization’s branches throughout Israel. The packages included special items for the holiday such as wine, honey, candies and more.

The packages were distributed to the needy, Holocaust survivors, and disadvantaged families. Furthermore, each Meir Panim food center hosted a Rosh Hashanah holiday meal for needy people who were thus able to embark on the New year with a warm meal. The Israeli hotel chains rose to the challenge a...

September 10th, 2007

Not like everyone else

Except for one fact - Meir was busy packing HUNDREDS of school supplies in the Power of Giving Home Center for children he'd never met.

Along with dozens of other volunteer groups in different parts of the country, Meir and the Lefkovits Bar Mitzvah Mission took time off in August from their summer routines to help those less fortunate than themselves by preparing and packing thousands of schoolbags. These schoolbags were ultimately distributed to Israeli children from disadvantaged f...

September 9th, 2007

Back to school with the Scherl's

The family, extended family and friends all piled into the Meir Panim–Power of Giving Home Center in Jerusalem and spent the afternoon packing pencil cases and school bags to be delivered the next day to needy children across Israel.

The families organized themselves into assembly lines and no one was left out – every hand was needed to get the job done. In one day, in the sweltering warehouse, hundreds of knapsacks were packed and boxed ready for immediate delivery.

Each volunteer also...

September 6th, 2007

Percentage of poor children up to 35.8

Social Welfare Minister Yitzhak Herzog presented the NII's poverty report together with the director general of the institute, Yigal Ben-Shalom.

The report showed a slight decrease in overall poverty - the percentage of families living under the poverty line dropped from 20.6% in 2005 to 20% and the percentage of individuals living under the poverty line decreased from 24.7% to 24.5%. However, the percentage of children who suffered from poverty rose from 35.2% to 35.8%.

September 3rd, 2007

Galei Tzahal and Meir Panim Launch a Food Collection Campaign

Please bring dry food items to one of the collection spots in the shopping malls, where Bat-Ami National Service volunteers are waiting to receive your contributions.

Food can also be brought to any of the Meir Panim and Power of Giving centers throughout Israel.
To view the list of centers, please press here.

Galei Tzahal and Meir Panim wish a Shana Tovah and Happy Holiday to the IDF soldiers and Jewish people throughout the w...

September 3rd, 2007

Tiberias Free Restaurant Dedicated In Memory Of Eva & Morris Fish

In attendance, on this special day, were Lee Steinberg and representatives of her family- Riva Shar and Sevie Samuels. Also present were Dudi Roth, President of American Friends of Meir Panim, Moshe Y. Lefkowitz, Director of Meir Panim, Beni Kiryati, former mayor of Tiberias and staff from Meir Panim branches located in the Tiberias vicinity.

The festive lunch, prepared by Meir Panim chefs, was preceded by a delightful dance performance given by participants of Meir Panim's after ...
August 30th, 2007

Helping Meir Panim instead of birthday gifts

Dear Meir Panim,                  July 1, 2007

My name is Talia Koren and I live in San Diego, California. For my 8th birthday, I asked for donations to Meir Panim instead of presents. I raised $288.00. I chose this organization because I want to help people have food to eat. I hope this helps you. I send to you a picture of me at my spa/yoga home party. I am the one toward the back in the middle, wearing a blue shirt.
Talia Koren
August 2nd, 2007

One Step Beyond at Meir Panim

This time it was in the Meir Panim Free Restaurant in Jerusalem. On a particularly busy day at Meir Panim, Nicole's offer to help was greeted with enthusiasm and gratitude. Upon arrival, with little time to waste, Nicole quickly grabbed a tray and started to greet diners as they entered the restaurant. Her engaging smile warmed the hearts of many who walked through the Meir Panim doors and made that day a better day for them.

Maimonides speaks of the different levels of charity...
August 1st, 2007

An 80th Birthday Celebration Made More Meaningful

For one remarkable woman, the occasion of her birthday meant more than just frivolity. Molly Rendel, of Los Angeles CA, marked her 80th birthday by requesting that in lieu of gifts, all that attend her celebration donate money to feed the children of Meir Panim.

Molly and her husband David are long time supporters of Meir Panim through their personal donations and their affiliation with the Lodzer Corporation. Their tireless devotion to alleviating poverty in Israel and especiall...