Not Passed Over this Passover!

Gifts received at Warm Houses
Holiday times are often the hardest for those who are struggling financially.  Being fully aware of this, Helping Hand Coalition makes an extra effort to reach holocaust survivors and other needy families during these seasons in Israel.  Passover is an important celebration in the Jewish calendar, and even more so in Israel with the country having public holidays and families gathering for special meals all over the nation – a little like others do for Christmas.  For a week, to honour what God commanded in the book of Exodus concerning the Feast of Passover and Unleavened Bread, the shops will cover or remove all food products from their shelves containing yeast.  Everyone is expected to have food in their cupboards designated ‘Kosher l’Pesach’ – consumables marked as kosher for Passover, guaranteed to contain no yeast products.

Food vouchers for Passover
For those already struggling to make ends meet, bringing the ingredients together for a special family meal can be an overwhelming task, let alone restocking with kosher products for a week.  This is where Helping Hand Coalition excels – in noticing the needs and helping to provide the answers.  As households around Israel started to prepare for the Jewish Passover holiday, HHC volunteers were busy delivering gifts of food vouchers to help holocaust survivors and other needy families buy their Passover groceries. 

Dried Fruit Shipment
Dried fruits are a favourite treat for many Israelis, especially during Passover when biscuits, cakes, pastries and other baked desserts are off-limits.  
Thanks to a large container of dried fruit sent from the USA, HHC was able to bless many under-privileged families, new immigrants from Ethiopia and Russia, elderly in need and Holocaust Survivors around the country.  Some managers of several Holocaust Survivor Organizations receiving the provisions were so grateful, saying they couldn’t find enough words to express their thankfulness for the generous donation.

Your People My People wholly commends and supports the work of Helping Hand Coalition.  The gifts they distributed for Passover this year amounted to 100,000₪ (Israeli Shekels), approximately £17,800.  We had the honour of sending your donations for Passover to HHC to be part of this wonderful and vital work – thank you!