Saving Abandoned Mothers
And Children in Israel From
Hunger And Poverty!

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Most frequent questions and answers

We focus primarily on financial help as opposed to giving items in recognition that most abandoned mothers need the dignity to be able to buy their own food and clothing rather than having someone else do the selection and purchasing for them. 
In the past few years we have helped pay for utility bills when the companies threatened to shut off, we paid for a 12 year old girl to receive emergency interventions for suicide prevention and have given substantial funds to help marry off children of abandoned mothers.
For the Jewish holidays we make sure that every needy mother with children can have a joyful chag with dignified aid packages to buy food and clothing for their families.

We know that other organizations help with food baskets and other provisions. We want to preserve dignity and respect along with our assistance. We give every mother the possibility of making her own choices as what food and clothing to buy for her family.

We give a pre-loaded credit card voucher so the needy mother can shop with her kids like everybody else.

We are located in Bet Shemesh and that is where the organization was born. However we service any abandoned mother (or lone single women) throughout the entire country without discrimination.

Approx. 12 years ago I did volunteer supervision for Nitza Jerusalem Postpartum Support and realized how helping with a little extra money goes such a long way to add dignity to poverty challenged women. The Nitza organization would regularly send holiday stipends to their poor clients to relieve them of their financial crises and hasten their recovery.

At the same time, I was looking for some way to pay back to the community for all the chesed and bounty that Hashem kept on bestowing throughout my life and sent faxes and letters of poor brides and grooms in our community to some of the big philanthropists. We had a charity account in the USA and so it was win-win for those who wanted a tax deduction. Here again, I became aware of how long a little extra cash goes in determining the tranquility and joy with which poor parents (specifically mothers) can celebrate the weddings of their children.

The dignity and respect lost with poverty, family troubles and dealing with mental illness—can be restored with giving someone a little money (or vouchers) to for example buy healthy foods, vitamins or a nice dress for Yomtov.

pleas for help!

I have had a very difficult and stressful year. Beyond being a single mother with a huge amount of financial stress every month. My youngest child, a beautiful 13-year-old girl, has learning difficulties. She was in a special class in the Bais Yaakov. She fell into a clinical depression as she felt and feels that she has no place in this world as she has difficulty reading and learning. I also, found out in addition to that that she went through a terrible trauma last year.

I am working closely with therapists and a psychiatrist to try to stabilize her. She is still in a situation of risk and is still suicidal. She is receiving excellent treatment  but the level of pressure on me financially and emotionally has almost been too much. I am doing everything I can to help her and keep her safe. It had taken a huge amount of time and energy. I know this is the reason why for a number of years I have received the reduction and this year, I did not take care of the application as I usually do. 

I am happy to give permission and the contact information of the professional staff involved if you would like to speak to them directly and to confirm the level of pressure involved in managing her situation and the abnormal amount of stress I have been under.

I am a single mother of 5 children ages 11, 8, 6, 4 and 2. I’ve been on my own for almost 2 years. No help or support from their father. (Not even a phone call)  I pray that maybe one day he will get better. The final Rabbinic ruling is that I am in danger of my life and I he has to give me a divorce. If not will have to pay a fine.

He did not! I don’t know how much he will owe me. Even though he owes me child support too and is threatening to take away the home we both own.

I don’t know how to do everything and still be able to stay sane myself, with work, house and emotional care for kids. I do not work a lot because I am trying to help my children heal and get them all the care they need. It is very time consuming and expensive.

I am now Aguna and want to know what you help with? Or if you can help me? Thank you so much for your attention to this matter.

We just spoke on the phone, my name is Rachel; I am the mother of 8 children: ages 15, 13, 11, 9, 7, 6, 4 and 3.

My husband is sick and as much as I do we are in a very dire situation and in need of help for the Yom Tov.

I attached to this email relevant documentation about my husband’s situation. And the ID of both of us.

Thank you very much in advance I hope you will be a good messenger. 
May Hashem Bless you for your willingess to help others.

Shavuah Tov Sara,

You are doing a huge mitzvah…. I am a convert of 21 years with 3 children, and my parents have passed away…. my family are my friends!  Baruch H”shem! 

I am applying for assistance because I am in the process of a divorce and in a very difficult financial situation. I currently am trying to pay the rent of our apartment, the food expenses, all the bills, and have debts which I am unable to pay.

Your assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Hello Sara,
A friend gave me your email address and told me that you help single mothers. I am a single mother with 4 young kids (ages 2,4, 6, and 7) and I unfortunately do not receive any child support whatsoever.
I was working for an online company that just closed about a month ago – So I am frantically looking for work!
I am struggling to meet just basic necessities! With Purim and Pesach coming – I am worried and stressed. Would your Organization be able to help us at all?
Let me know – thanks so much!

Hello Sara,
My name is Vered and I have  6 orphans at home. Their father died a year ago. Unfortunately, I have no support from anyone.  Until know we were supported by the local charity fund, but we moved to a different place and it is a neighborhood fund, so they can not help anymore.

After their father’s passing, the children asked to move away and the therapists agreed to it.
Also, I am 100% disabled due to an operation I underwent a few months ago for a kidney transplant; I attached my disability certificate

I would appreciate it if you could help me with something for the holiday. Thank you.

Hello, my name is Bracha. I have 4 kids one of who has Down’s Syndrome who needs special care. I am the sole breadwinner, divorced and live from the national pension. My husband abandoned us after I gave birth to my daughter with Down’s Syndrome and my oldest son raised all his siblings. For 13 years now he’s running around with her to all sorts of expensive treatments.
I now need 4 crowns on my front teeth but can’t afford it. Also, the expenses of the festivals are formidable and I will appreciate any help you can give us. Thanks in advance.

Hello Sara,

I have been working just a few hours each week. Unfortunately I do not speak Hebrew, so my employment options are very limited. I’am a single mother. 
Last month I turned 62 and my Income Support from Betuach Leumi was cut.
I was also receiving housing assistance, but since Betuach Leumi was cut they also cut off and told me that if Betuach Leumi doesn’t pay they also don’t pay. Betuach Leumi told me I need to provide them with documentation from Social Security in America stating that I am not receiving benefits from them. Which I am not. I have tried many different avenues to contact them (via email, phone, the US Consulate, and various organizations) but I have not yet received anything from them. 
Since my benefits were cut in January – I do not have any money for my rent or food or any of my bills. I am now trying to come up with money for the upcoming Holidays – Purim and Pesach! If you could help – it would be greatly appreciated.

I am a single mother raising 7 children (b’ah). This year for the first time in a few years I am trying to make Pesach-the past few years it was too much financially and I sent my kids to different people’s homes since I don’t have family here in Israel.
I lost my job in December and I have b’h been able to take on several cleaning jobs but things are very tight. If there is any assistance that comes in I would be so appreciative to be able to have my kids at home with me this year together for yom tov.

She has been divorced for a year. Her husband ran off and just getting the divorce was extremely difficult. She has a house she is trying to sell, but hasn’t found a buyer yet and she owns a failing toy store so it sounds like she has a lot of assets but unfortunately they’re not helping her get food on the table. She owes income tax authority, bituach leumi, a bookkeeper, mortgage delay penalties, hotzaah l’poal, a debt to a nursing home for her mother, 4 yrs worth of schooling, and a bank debt of 350,000 NIS. Her children are not doing well and she’s really falling apart. Is this something you can help with at all?

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About us

Imahot B’Yisroel Tzedaka – Israel Charity for Abandoned Mothers and Children in Israel was founded with sole purpose of saving abandoned mothers and children in Israel from the devastating effects of poverty and hunger.

What started out as helping a few local families grew into a national organization. We give financial help at the right time when it is needed most in the recognition that this is the primary need of poor mothers.

Our goal, in keeping with the Jewish laws of charity and social justice, is to give in a most dignified way and our vision is to end the poverty cycle and charity dependence of abandoned mothers in Israel by funding their higher education and giving loans for their business initiatives.

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