Monday, July 31, 2006

Update From Rabbi Binyomin Rosenberg of Eizer L'Shabbos

Forty-five minutes ago, I spoke with Rabbi Binyomin Rosenberg to get an update of the relief activities of Eizer L'Shabbos in Tsfat.

Rabbi Rosenberg reported that "each week is a struggle" and the situation continues to require renewed sources of funding since many of the residents who initially evacuated Tsfat are now returning to their homes and find themselves without basic necessities.

Over Shabbos, Eizer L'Shabbos distributed 1,300 food portions consisting of chicken and fish to those in need, and yesterday alone, Eizer L'Shabbos distributed an additional 600 meal portions.

Rabbi Rosenberg told me about the non-stop phone calls he continues to receive regarding the desperate condition of those who are living in bomb shelters without such basic necessities as toilet paper.

Thanks to your generous donations, Eizer L'Shabbos has raised thousands of dollars to support their relief effort. Please continue to help the people of Tsfat by sending tzedakah checks to:

Eizer L'Shabbos
5014 16th Avenue, Suite 319
Brooklyn, NY 11204

UPDATE: This morning I received an e-mail from Chabakuk Elisha that said,

"A news crew was in a northern city before Shabbos and found only 1 store open - a grocery. They asked him - on camera - why he was still open, and he said: "Because Eizer L'Shabbos gives out food coupons, so I need to be open to provide the food"


At July 31, 2006 at 1:19:00 PM EDT, Anonymous A Yid said...

Where is this report published?

At July 31, 2006 at 1:22:00 PM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Only here on this blog. I could have also written "related" for the sake of clarity.

At July 31, 2006 at 1:39:00 PM EDT, Blogger Elder of Ziyon said...

I replied back on my blog, but you had asked how else you could do something for Eizer L'Shabbos. I replied that you could set up a PayPal account where you collect the money via credit card and PayPal and forward it over to them, making it much easier for those who like to use the web for tzedakah.I think PayPal may take some percentage off the top but if it translates to money that wouldn't have been donated otherwise, it is well worth it.

Yasher koach!

At July 31, 2006 at 1:52:00 PM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Elder of Ziyon: Thank you for the idea. I will look into it.

Does anyone else have any ideas how we could raise additional funds for Eizer L'Shabbos? I welcome your ideas.


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