Friday, February 09, 2007

Dancing With Kugels


Last Friday morning, Rabbi Binyomin Rosenberg of Eizer L'Shabbos was making rounds delivering packages to needy families in Tsfat. One of these families was that of a widow with 16 children who danced with joy as they clutched onto the kugels and other Shabbos foods that Rabbi Rosenberg delivered to them that morning. For this family, receipt of such things was nothing short of a miracle.

On Shabbos morning after davening, Rabbi Rosenberg reported that one of these children came over to him and thanked him profusely, relating how happy that the package for Shabbos and Tu B'Shevat had made his mother, who struggles to support the family each day.

Rabbi Rosenberg told me in a phone conversation on Sunday morning that this was just one of many stories that he encounters on a daily basis in his work for Eizer L'Shabbos. Rarely does a day go by when he does not receive a call from another person in need who asks for his help.

Eizer L'Shabbos has already started preparing for a major Purim campaign and is in need of financial sponsorship for these activities to supply 400 families with meat, fish, grape juice, kugel, and other foods for their Purim seudos. Last Purim, Rabbi Rosenberg witnessed many families who received food packages from Eizer L'Shabbos set aside food so they could also give shaloch manos to others. Despite the fact that these people lived in extreme poverty without food in their homes, they still sought to fulfill the mitzvos of Purim.

Those wishing to help Eizer L'Shabbos in its important work may send their tax-deductible donations to:

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

"Eizer L'Shabbos: They stayed in our holy city Tsfat during the war in the summer of 2006, under extremely difficult conditions, they worked and gave assistance to the residents of the city during these fearful days."

3 Comments:

At February 9, 2007 at 3:46:00 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a question. Are 100% of donated funds distributed to the needy? Does anyone deduct "administrative expenses" or "fund raising expenses"?

 
At February 10, 2007 at 8:25:00 PM EST, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Yes, 100%. Every single penny goes to the needy.

 
At February 11, 2007 at 8:30:00 PM EST, Blogger Peloini said...

As a close relative of Rabbi Rosenberg- who help him out on this side of the ocean, do the wire transfers - I can testify that 100% of the funds go directly to the poor in the holy city of Tzfas!!

 

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