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, wishing it could be the same kind of life they see in homes of friends and neighbors.
Families are still trying to recover from the fallout of the pandemic, and are struggling more than ever, especially due to the significant increase in food prices and costs for other basic expenses.
Let's provide some brightness for as many families as possible. Our numerous social service programs support impoverished households with assistance for a myriad of 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, lighting the way towards more promising futures.
This year give a Chanukah gift that makes a real difference to families living with real need.
For over 20 years, we've been helping needy couples make their wedding celebrations, saving families from incurring terrible debt. To date over 15,000 couples have celebrated their special day with dignity.