Throughout the world, Rosh Hashanah is celebrated by Jews for two days. It is the Jewish New Year. For the two-day holiday, Religious and many nonreligious Jews gather in Shul (Synagogue) for long prayers celebrating G-d as the creator of the world and listening to the Shofar blasts that are a central part of the prayer service.
Following the Rosh Hashanah prayers, people return home for a large meal with family and friends on both days. As you can imagine, this can get very expensive as many years it falls in the middle of the week, adding to the weekly financial strain of Shabbos for struggling families.
Kupat Tzedakah Mishkanot Yaakov helps over 500 families in the Ramat Beit Shemesh area during these times. We make sure these struggling families have food for the holiday and ensure that their children have new clothes and everything they need.
A young family with 4 children – and a 5th on the way – got divorced. The oldest is not yet 10—the youngest was born during the separation. After the divorce, the father flew off to England and was basically out of the picture. The young mother was left with 2 babies at home, 3 other children, and barely any income.
The Kupa sent someone to the house to talk to the young sons, look at their homework, learn with them, and drop some needed funds. When there was a greater need – to purchase clothing for Yom Tov, bring Chanukah presents, and buy Arba Minim – the Kupa was there. When each of the 5 children reached bar mitzvah, the Kupa put the whole thing together, from clothing for the family to the simcha – and as these boys start to get married – we help with the weddings as well.
We are only able to do this with help from people like you. Please help support our mission and help countless families every month.
Get our guide to developing a deeper connection with the moving prayers of Rosh Hashanah.
Learn more about the work we do to help our community’s neediest families. You will recivce information about how we work and haskamot (recommendations) from our Rabbanim.