Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

A volunteer at the Tachlit center are busy dividing hordes of food into boxes, to be distributed to needy families before Shabbat and before the coming Jewish new year in Jerusalem.

Tomchei Shabbat (supporters of Shabbat) organizations like Tachlit flourish throughout the Haredi communities, each with its unique, local flavor, but all of them with one, central goal: feed the needy.

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Most of them also deliver the food boxes quietly, so as not to shame the recipient. In many places there’s also a feedback system in place, allowing recipients to indicate which goods they like and which they’d rather not receive. It prevents waste, and also makes the proces look more like shopping than like charity.

Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90
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8 COMMENTS

  1. Yes they are, if they live in places where the local Jews are mostly reformed. There is hardly any Jewish aid available in the Middle West or the West Coast. I know: I lived in California for many years and without food stamps and section 8, my kids would have starved and we would have been homeless. (BTW, I’m not a lazy moocher: I became permanently disabled several years after my children were born)

  2. It's true. I live in the street with big religious people population, and every Friday shops pack boxes with food for needy. They also feed needy(not religiouse russian speaking Jews) by selling them the hot meal, every day, by 70 shekels per moth. It's really cheap and many old people coming every day to the kitchen for food. We also have couple religiouse supers, where food cost less, than anywhere, and always fresh and good.

  3. It’s true. I live in the street with big religious people population, and every Friday shops pack boxes with food for needy. They also feed needy(not religiouse russian speaking Jews) by selling them the hot meal, every day, by 70 shekels per moth. It’s really cheap and many old people coming every day to the kitchen for food. We also have couple religious supers, where food cost less, than anywhere, and always fresh and good.

  4. I live far from a real Jewish community. But it seems easy, too easy to criticize them these days. But it is undeserved and it;s a shame they do not get more credit for their good deeds.

  5. Now this statement isn’t as harsh, thank you for being polite in your words. I was told by my dad years ago that there was “Jewish blood” in our family line and Ive never been ashamed of it.

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