Yad Yisroel – Chesed Emergency Program
Yad Yisroel is ever mindful of the collective and individual needs of the Jewish community, especially in times of crisis.
Our strong presence in the community is brought to light by the actions we take in emergency situations. When a Jew is in need of immediate medical attention, he/she does not always have medical coverage to pay for treatment or even a means of transport to the nearest hospital, and we are often called upon to help fulfill these needs. For the most part we have provided this assistance on a local level, though in some cases we have also arranged for patients to be transported to hospitals in Europe and Israel where they can benefit from the most advanced treatment and medical facilities.
We also perform various chesed activities for those who are unemployed, cannot pay their rent, heat their homes, feed and clothe their families or provide basic nutrition for newborn babies. These activities are carried out in various chesed campaigns for the needy: We run a soup kitchen in Pinsk and distribute kosher meals on a daily basis as well as food packages for Jewish holidays in countrywide locations; we also provide clothing, shoes, blankets and electric heaters to those in need at various distribution stations.
Our acts of chesed are rooted in the passage: “The world rests upon three things, Torah, avodah, and gemilut hasadim.” (Pirkei Avot 1:2). Drawing from this Rabbinical inspiration, Yad Yisroel lends a helping hand to the needy in Jewish communities all over Belarus.