Christian Friends of Leket Israel

A New Year and a New Unique Holiday Project

Following two years of Covid-19, many Israelis have unfortunately joined the circle of poverty, unable to provide basic necessities for their families. Compounded by the impact of the war in Ukraine and the farmers being unable to export their produce and the rising cost of living, many Israelis found it difficult to make ends meet this past High Holiday season.

In light of this, Leket Israel, with the help of a matching gift from a prominent US donor, launched a special project for the Rosh Hashanah holiday, providing Israelis in need with a variety of holiday- specific produce that they would not be able to buy for themselves, but are important symbols for celebrating the holiday. Included in this special

package were apples, pomegranates, honey,leeks,walnuts,squash,dates, and beets, all purchased from Leket Israel partner farmers. Before the holiday, the packages were delivered to 30,000 families across the country through 170 of Leket Israel’s nonprofit partner agencies.

“We wanted to do something special for the holiday, especially at a time when the need is increasing as a

result of the rising cost of living,”

shared Chen Feldhamer, Director of Agency Relations at Leket Israel. “These special Rosh Hashanah symbols enable those who are struggling to not only have a meal on the table, but to also be able to really celebrate the holiday. The reaction from the nonprofits was tremendous, and we are privileged to have had the opportunity to make this New Year a happy one.”

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