Freedom and Food
Passover commemorates our freedom from slavery and the birth of the Jewish nation: A healthy, liberating experience for both body and soul!
Our ancient customs at the Seder and the special foods we eat – tell the amazing story of our freedom. And they help us to re-enact those precious moments of liberation, some 3300 years ago.
Marror (bitter herbs) remind us of the harshness and bitterness of slavery. Matzoh, the “poor man’s bread” that we ate as slaves, transforms itself, during the Seder, into the bread of redemption. The four cups of wine are drunk while reclining like kings – a royal beverage celebrating our newly found freedom.
Unfortunately, for impoverished families in Israel, Passover can be a time of stress, hunger and despair. When there’s no food on the holiday table, Passover is no longer a time of freedom. Tragically, it can be tranformed into another experience of bondage, depression and despair.
What is Lema’an Achai?
Fortunately, there is an organization called “Lema’an Achai” (meaning in Hebrew: “for the sake of my brethren“).
Did you know that one out of every four families in Israel lives below the poverty line? And that one of every three kids in Israel suffers from “food deficiency”?
Passover is an especially costly time – buying matzoh, wine and other essential food for the entire seven-day holiday. For impoverished families, this extra burden is impossible to bear.
“Lema’an Achai” is a non-profit organization aiding poor families in the city of Bet Shemesh, Israel. What makes Lema’an Achai unique is its successful program to help Israel’s needy families survive and then get OUT of their crisis.
Lema’an Achai helps poor families to get back on their feet, through back-to-work programs, financial management counseling, and over twenty-five innovative and effective social services rehabilitation programs.
The Passover Aid Project
Lema’an Achai’s Passover Aid Project distributes direct aid to over one hundred and eighty impoverished families (over six hundred kids) who are participating in Lema’an Achai’s programs.
Many of the families that Lema’an Achai helped last year are not on this year’s Passover “Aid List” – because they were brought back on their feet and no longer need charitable help.
The Tragedy of Daniel on the Bombed Bus
This year, a great tragedy has befallen a Bet Shemesh family. Daniel Viflic, a 16 year old boy has now passed away – having been critically injured by a missile fired from Gaza onto an Israeli bus while traveling to visit his grandmother in Beer Sheva. Many United with Israel members from Bet Shemesh know Daniel’s family and are very personally affected by this tragedy. The community is in mourning.
The family’s catering business has been shut down and preparing for the Passover holiday has been extremely difficult.
Our Passover Appeal to You
Please support Lema’an Achai’s efforts on behalf of these families. For the sake of our brethren.
As an expression of thanks, anyone who generously donates $100 or more will receive Passover Matzoh, baked in Jerusalem, shipped directly to their home. (Please allow 3 to 14 days for delivery).
May God bless you and reward you for your kindness.
Please select your on-line donation level:
CLICK HERE TO DONATE $100 (and receive 1 box of Matzoh from Jerusalem)
CLICK HERE TO DONATE $180 (and receive 2 boxes of Matzoh from Jerusalem)
CLICK HERE TO DONATE $250 (and receive 3 boxes of Matzoh from Jerusalem)
CLICK HERE TO DONATE $500 (and receive 10 boxes of Matzoh from Jerusalem)
If you prefer to send a check, please make checks payable to:
“US Friends of Lema’an Achai”
and mail your check to:
PO Box 532
Oceanside, NY 11572-0532