Tuesday, September 15, 2020 11:00 AM
The “KKL-JNF for the Community” initiative is mobilizing to assist Israel’s vulnerable, ahead of Rosh Hashanah 5781 and the impending lockdown.
Photo: Haim Versano, KKL-JNF Photo Archive
In preparation for Rosh Hashanah, KKL-JNF workers are mobilizing for the fourth time to assist Israel’s needy through their flagship initiative "KKL-JNF for the Community,” a nationwide project that distributes care packages to Holocaust survivors, the elderly and needy families, who are enduring the Corona period in isolation. The current distribution drive aims to make the Holiday period a happy one for them, and to show them that despite the prolonged isolation in their homes, they are not alone.
"We have set ourselves the goal of assisting a range of communities across Israel, as part of our goal to strengthen the social and geographical periphery. We are implementing projects in a diversity fields in different areas, and now, at the start of the New Year we wanted to make it possible for everyone to enjoy a happy and pleasant holiday atmosphere”, said Daniel Atar, the Chairman of KKL-JNF. "In the event of a closure, many families will be staying at home under difficult conditions, so we chose to purchase essential items; warming and joyous things for them, in order to try make their time at home as pleasant as possible and enable them to start the New Year on a happy note."
The distribution drive began yesterday (September 14) and will continue through to September 17. As part of the project, games, gift packages, and gear for the upcoming winter will be distributed in nursing homes, institutions and residences across Israel.
Operations are taking place in municipalities and regional councils around the country, wherever the MAOF educational program - under the auspices of the KKL-JNF Education and Community Division - is being run. Benefitting localities include Acco, Beit She'an, Tzfat, Beit Jann and Yarka in the north; Beitar Illit and Gush Etzion in the center; and Yeruham, Dimona, and Kiryat Malachi in the south, among others. The distribution will be carried out by volunteers, pre-military academy students, youth movement members, student village residents, KKL-JNF employees and representatives of the social welfare departments of the different councils.