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As part of Yad Eliezer’s activities we encounter many young widows with children at home struggling mightily to move forward despite all they have endured.
These women, who have been through many painful challenges, now juggle all the responsibilities of their family single handedly. They are forced to raise their children alone, and serve as their sole source of strength, both emotional and financial. They must be father, mother and breadwinner.
When an expense beyond the day-to-day routine arises, this can put a huge strain on the almana and her family. Bar Mitzvahs and wedding are times of happiness for a bereaved family, yet the expenses involved can add much stress at this joyous time. When facing a medical crisis or expensive dental or psychotherapy treatments, widows know they have a place to turn for a listening ear and financial assistance.
A committee reviews all requests thoroughly and comes to a decision regarding each case. If approved, they decide the amount of support.
Yosef Chaim tried all types of treatments for the cancer that attacked his body, but to no avail. After three years of suffering he died leaving Sylvia, and three teenage kids, to pick up the pieces and move on. Her daughter suffered greatly from her father’s death and was living away from home for a short time. She is now back home and in therapy which is really helping her heal, yet the costs are great. Each session costs 300 shekel. A grant for 1000 shekel for 3 months (250/meeting) was approved by the committee and will be transferred directly to the social worker while Sylvia will contribute the remaining 50 shekel a session.
Your partnership will help ensure that other widows like Sylvia will be supported in their time of need. Please respond generously.