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Jewish communities in Lod working with the Mibereshit educational organization
have in recent days carried out Operation Kimcha D’Pischa, a food distribution
effort ahead of the Passover holiday, in which they have distributed 300 food
packages to needy families across the city.
Kimcha D’Pischa, literally
“flour for Passover,” is an ancient Jewish custom for giving charity before
Passover, first mentioned in the Jerusalem Talmud, whereby flour was distributed
to the poor in order that they would have enough to bake matzot throughout the
Food and other charitable donations have since replaced the
Talmudic-era distribution of flour.
The operation, which started several
days ago, began with a fundraising drive for the packages, each of which
contained NIS 250 worth of different food products.
In order to raise the
requisite funds for their charity drive, Mibereshit – which works towards Jewish
social cohesion – handed out at fliers at city schools advertising the project,
while pupils went door-to-door with fundraising vouchers to amass as many
donations as possible. Total contributions amounted to tens of thousands of
The logistical side of the operation, packing and distributing
the 300 food parcels, was carried out with martial discipline from the
operation’s headquarters at the Harel School campus in Lod, by soldiers,
students, parents of the schoolchildren, National Service and prearmy community
volunteers, along with children and youth activists from the Mibereshit
“This is a fantastic educational and social justice
project, which has benefited disadvantaged city residents as well as providing
an important educational experience for those who have participated,” said Benny
Strauss, director of the Mibereshit chapter in Lod.
“It is also unique,
with entire the school communities, involving parents and children, joining
forces to act for the sake of the community.”
Education officials and
principals from various schools in the city compiled the list of needy families
who received the packages, Mibereshit said.
“There is no doubt that these
activities will have a lasting effect on charitable values and family ties, said
Icky Mendelssohn, Mibereshit’s educational director.
“These kind of
events have a great influence on children and we hope that through them we can
instill the values of communal responsibility and togetherness.”