Sponsor a Meal


Together, we can fight the hunger of impoverished Jews in the Former Soviet Union.

One meal at a time.

The Reality in Belarus:
Imagine not being able to sleep due to the gnawing pain of hunger.

Imagine living in poverty and not being able to put bread on the table even though you are working.

Imagine receiving a pension that has lost 85% of its buying value.

Belarus is a country which was devastated by an economic crisis in June 2011 when the artificially raised local currency crashed – the banks had no dollars to sell and the exchange rate rose to over 9,000 rubles to the dollar. Now it is over 10,000. Stores were emptied of basic supplies, people were bartering food on the streets, and the banks stopped lending money. The price of food rose by over 140% while the ruble itself was devalued by over 350%. This was in 2011 and now in 2015 the exchange rate rose another 50% and is now trading at 15,000 rubles to the dollar. Once again the pension has lost 50% of its buying value!!!!

Today this is the unfortunate reality for many of the 60,000 Jews living in Belarus; men, women and children.

As a result of the severe economic crisis in June 2011, Yad Yisroel expanded its soup kitchen that has been operating in Pinsk since 2001. Yad Yisroel established the Sponsor a Meal Foundation to provide meals to the elderly and impoverished Jews throughout Belarus. After the new crisis of January 2015 many more people are asking for help.

The Sponsor a Meal Foundation delivers or funds over 700 meals a day to Jews in Pinsk, Minsk, Rechitza, Gomel, Moghilov, Lida, Orsha, Kalinkovich, Bobruisk and other smaller cities.

This is the only substantial hot meal these people receive each day.

The demand is great and there is a long waiting list. We desperately need more funds.

We know that you feel grateful for everything you have in your life, especially having enough food to eat.

Please take a moment and remember the Jews in Belarus with sincere compassion.

It is truly a matter of life or death.

For only a few dollars a day we cannot afford to lose a Jewish soul.

WE are determined to save Jews from dying of hunger.

TOGETHER we MUST join hands to secure their survival.

YOU can make this happen!!

Whoever preserves a single soul, it is as though he has preserved a whole world.

Sanhedrin 37a


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