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Keeping Passover Amid the Corona Pandemic

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2 Mar 2021
Keeping Passover Amid the Corona Pandemic

Passover is the most important festival on the Jewish calendar. Usually, families and friends gather on the eve of this biblical holiday to enjoy a special Seder meal together, while recounting the story of how Moses led the children of Israel out of bondage in Egypt.

Each year the ICEJ receives many requests to help disadvantaged Jewish families celebrate the Passover according to tradition. This year, as the harsh economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic linger, the need is greater than ever.

The corona crisis has pushed thousands of Israeli families into hardship and poverty. Suddenly, thousands of working-class families have seen their jobs disappear or salaries cut, while young and single-parent families also are struggling to stay afloat. According to the latest grim figures, three in 10 Israelis live in poverty and 20% of the population is unemployed – meaning one million Israelis are now looking for work. As a result, social workers have seen a 50% increase in requests for assistance this Passover.

Preparations are already underway for this year’s Passover celebration, which begins on the evening of 27 March. Working together with the social workers in cities and towns across Israel, the ICEJ will be delivering gift baskets that include groceries, food vouchers, and kitchen items so that families have all they need to enjoy the Passover Seder meal.

In addition to these gift packages, the ICEJ plans to fund several large community Seder meals, should health rules at that time allow for such gatherings.

Please join us in helping Israeli families in need, to celebrate the Passover festival with dignity. Through your giving, we can provide a deserving Jewish family with a Passover gift basket for $150.


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