Whoever is hungry, let him come and eat; whoever is in need, let him come and conduct the Seder of Passover
As Am-Israel we are committed to helping each other and those in need. As WIZO chaverot we committed to our service recipients and their families.
As a social organization, WIZO always has its hand on the national pulse – there are 442,200 poor families in Israel and 860,900 poor children in Israel. Over 20% of the students belonging to the WIZO EDUCATIONAL system are from needy families that suffer from nutritional insecurity and the only daily hot meal they eat is the one provided by WIZO. It is important to bear this in mind as we approach Pesach and Leil HaSeder.
Pesach is not only about Am-Israel’s physical liberation and spiritual freedom – it is also about hope – for a better tomorrow, for a better future.
In the Hagadah it is written “Whoever is hungry, let him come and eat; whoever is in need, let him come and conduct the Seder of Passover”. But poor families that can barely afford basic food products (some can’t) –how can they prepare a festive Leil Seder meal with the special Kosher Pesach foods? Don’t they deserve to celebrate too? Don’t they deserve to go to bed happy – one night in the year?
The custom of Kimcha de-Pascha consists of gathering money and helping the poor purchase food for the holiday. Kimcha de-Pascha is Aramaic for ‘flour for Passover’, meaning flour for matzot. Today many charity organizations perform this custom by lending a helping hand to the needy before the holiday, in Israel and throughout the Jewish world.
WIZO cannot help all the poor and needy in Israel, but we can help the families whose children are in our WIZO EDUCATIONAL system.
A modest parcel with very basic products costs the equivalent of $75
Kimcha de-Pascha custom and by doing so help needy WIZO students and their families celebrate Leil HaSeder in dignity.
WIZO Federations sent funds for Kimcha de-Pascha fund that enabled us to distribute 1.157 parcels to needy youth at our WIZO schools and Youth Villages.Each student also received a cake and bottle of wine. The students feel that the vouchers are better than food parcels as it allows each family to purchase the Pesach foods they traditionally eat
The parcels were distributed just before they broke for the Pesach vacation. Each parcel contained a food purchase voucher, a cake and a bottle of wine. The students feel that the vouchers are better than food parcels as it allows each family to purchase the specific Pesach foods they traditionally eat. The families are very grateful and express their gratitude by telephone and SMS –writing that they were very moved by the gift and that it is an enormous help.
Funds that are enroute for this purpose will be secured and given to the families in need.