Colel Chabad was established in 1788 and has operated without interruption ever since.
As such it is the oldest continuously operating Tzedakah network in Israel.
Colel Chabad – A Brief History
Colel Chabad was established in 1788 and has operated without interruption ever since. As such it is the oldest continuously operating Tzedakah network in Israel. Colel Chabad was created by Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, founder of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, also known as the Alter Rebbe and the Baal HaTanya.
The raison d’etre of Colel Chabad remains unchanged since its founding – to provide meaningful material help – especially food – to the poorest Jews living in the Holy Land, and to do so without compromising their pride and dignity. Colel Chabad continues to help those in need regardless of their age, gender, background or degree of religious observance.
Colel Chabad works hand in glove with municipal governments throughout Israel who help identify and screen those who require assistance. Colel Chabad also works with the Israel Defense Forces – both repurposing and distributing army surplus food, and serving as the rear echelon emergency food distribution system especially in times of war.
Colel Chabad is by far the largest charitable organization of its kind in Israel, and is proud that other organizations have recently begun to emulate its programs.
For two centuries, Jewish families have kept a Colel Chabad Pushka (coin box) in their homes. This tradition continues, and a free Colel Chabad pushka is yours for the asking.
AT A GLANCE:
Oldest continuously operating charity in Israel
Operates 22 free restaurants open 365 days a year
Monthly pantry deliveries to 10,800 households
Holiday pantry deliveries to 22,500 households
Dental care for the poor
Israel’s only two Centers for Multiple Sclerosis patients
Subsidized weddings for poor couples
Network of 16 daycare centers for children of poor working mothers
Holistic aid and support for widows and orphans
Annual mass Bar/Bat Mitzvah for fatherless children
In-hospital summer camps and holiday celebrations for hospitalized children
Aid for new immigrants