The Torah places special emphasis on widows and orphans.
Which is why they are our #1 priority
Mass Bar & Bat Mitzvah
Every year, Colel Chabad sponsors a mass Bar/Bat Mitzvah for children who have lost a father or mother. Each of these events is in fact a multitude of intimate Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebrations for hundreds of orphaned children and their families.
Following the ceremony, a joyous full-course banquet with live music and dancing takes place, with the participation of their families and close friends. Professional photographers are on hand to create a dedicated souvenir album for each child.
They are also honored by the presence of major rabbinic and civic leaders who bring greetings, blessings and the love of the entire nation.
What we've accomplished with your help:
Colel Chabad is the only organization which takes a holistic approach to the needs of widows and orphans. Of course food security comes first and foremost. But often it is not just, or not even, food that is the problem. Widows and orphaned children encounter enormous social barriers, issues with depression, poor schoolwork and a sense of isolation. Colel Chabad addresses all of these issues on a case by case basis.
What is still left to do:
There is so much more we can do, both in terms of reaching and assisting more widowed families, and in what we are doing for the children themselves. In particular, the cost of psychotherapy, music lessons and summer camp is very high, yet there is little or no volume discount. We need your help in delivering these vital programs to Israel’s most vulnerable children.