Just say the word and immediately, those classic associations come to mind: Candles. Oil. Chanukah gelt. Latkes & Sufganiot. Warmth. Joy. Light. It may be hard to imagine, but it’s not like that for everyone.
For Israeli families living in poverty, the eight nights of Chanukah are not especially joyful -
they aren’t unlike the other nights of the year. They're just eight more nights of hunger.
Eight more nights of cold, without a winter blanket or heat in the house.
Eight more nights of wishing life could be different.
Families are still trying to recover from the fallout of COVID 19, but they are struggling more than ever. Job losses have created newfound poverty in countless homes throughout the country. Parents are trying to get by on limited government aid but it isn't enough, and they are struggling just to pay for basics.
Let's provide some brightness for as many as possible. Yad Eliezer runs over 20 social service programs that support impoverished individuals and families with assistance for immediate needs, bringing light and joy back into their lives during the eight nights of Chanukah and throughout the rest of the year. We also have programs aimed at breaking the cycle of poverty for people in need-lighting the way towards more promising futures.
This Chanukah, give a gift that makes a real difference.