Temperatures have dropped in Israel - especially indoors - and families are living in frigid apartments.
They can't afford to turn on the heat.
According to recent surveys, about one million Israeli households are in crisis - an increase of 7.5% compared to
pre-pandemic figures. Many are new to the poverty threshold and are just one bill away from crossing it.
With the costs of basic necessities continuing to rise, it's becoming harder than ever for families to get by just with daily needs, including utilities. Parents & children are sleeping in layers of clothing and living in their coats inside the home, foregoing heat so they don't have to forego food.
Forty percent of polled citizens who rely on charity and social services have reported having their electricity shut off after being unable to pay their bill, causing them to live in unbearable & unimaginable conditions.
"It's extremely scary, trying to take care of my family while not being able to use the electricity. I don't know how to keep going...it's freezing now in the apartment-I can't afford to turn a heater on! I just wish my children didn't have to suffer..." says S., Jerusalem mother of three.
Our Electricity Support program provides emergency relief to alleviate this suffering for families, many of whom are single mothers, providing assistance to pay electric bills so parents and children can live in functional, normal environments. As one of the major Jewish charities that help the poor in Israel, bringing a sense of normalcy to homes-in-crisis is our priority.
Your help will ensure that clothes can be washed, children can be bathed, food and medications will last in the refrigerator, lights - and heat - can be turned on and all the other benefits that electricity provides, will be available to poor families.
The cost of electricity has risen 5.7%, higher than expected. It's making the lives of struggling families even more difficult.
The need for help is urgent and rapidly growing.
Please contribute to the Electricity Support program - your tzedaka will empowerfamilies
to live with dignity and warmth this winter.
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