Oneg Shabbos V’Yom Tov recipients are heroes that are fighting a war against poverty, every day. With hunger gnawing inside, they hurry to school, to work, to kollel. With intense stress clawing at their minds, they go about their day. These are the children who fight to focus in school, these are the mothers who give their portion to their children, and these are the men who put their pride aside to put bread on the table.
The youngest Oneg Shabbos V’Yom Tov recipient is just one day old and the oldest to date is 97 years old. Any age of life, any stage of life, the hungry of Eretz Yisroel.
The average Israeli family has about 8 children. Without food stamps or government aid, it’s a lot of mouths to feed.
The employment opportunities for both men and women is an ongoing crisis. A majority of Israeli families live below the poverty line
FAMILIES WITH 1
FAMILIES WITH 2
After 40 years of feeding thousands of children, you most likely have a family member who has been on the Oneg Shabbos V’Yom Tov recipient list. Oneg Shabbos V’Yom Tov recipient may be your relative, your friend, your maggid shiur, your acquaintance.
A 42 year old father
from Bet Shemesh
Moshe is a dedicated melamed since he got married. Every morning, like clockwork, he rushes to cheder, dedicated to support his family in a respectable way. Although he has a large family of 9 and two special-needs children, he was always able to make it somehow. Until it came to marrying off his first child. Now with his third child married, he has over 100,000 in debt! He has is 4800 NIS in the red every month. Desperately trying to stay afloat, Moshe cut back on many household essentials. For weeks on end there was no chicken for Shabbos until Oneg Shabbos V’Yom Tov stepped in.
A mother of 6 children
from Rosh Ayin
A hardworking mother of 6, Sarit was left a widow at a young age. Sarit has a good position managing a printing company and brings home $2,000 a month. Unfortunately, one of her children have attempted suicide leaving him severely handicapped and requires intense care that costs Sarit an additional $2,000 a month. As hard as she works, Sarit only earns half of what her life costs. The bank recently tried to repossess her house and the poverty that her young orphans are living with has become excruciating.
A rosh yeshiva and
father of 12 from Tzfas
A respected Rosh Yeshiva in one of the best yeshivas in Tzfas, R’ Simcha is a role model for hundreds of bochurim who have no idea about the dire poverty their beloved rosh yeshiva lives in. At the age of 58, R’ Simcha has 5 children who are 18+- an expensive household to maintain. His talmidim keep requesting to be to his Shabbos meal, but they have no idea that all that is served at his Shabbos table is challah and a can of tuna.
Over the years, Oneg Shabbos V’Yom Tov has accumulates thousands of letters. These tell the stories of the unsung heroes, the hungry warriors, and the hopeless kallahs. These tell the stories of the children who fend for their parents, of the siblings who fight for crumbs.