Tov V’Chesed Celebrates 13 Chanukahs


Established in 2002, Tov V’Chesed’s mission is to provide food for needy families in Israel. The charity purchases groceries in bulk at wholesale prices and arranges for volunteers to pack and deliver packages to thousands of families, including many single mothers and those suffering through illness.

“Chanukah is an exciting time of year filled with light, happiness, presents, eating latkes and playing dreidel. But for families that struggle to give their children regular meals when school is closed, Chanukah is a time of darkness and disappointment,” acknowledges Tov V’Chesed. Donations enable the organization to send food packages.

This Chanukah, the packages are planned for more than a thousand families. The box will contain a full grocery order and additional Chanukah items; oil, doughnuts, dreidels, and toys.

Tov V’Chesed supports other meaningful events. This past Parshas Chaya Sorah, the retreat center in Yesodot, Israel was filled with emotion as 250 orphans between the ages of 8 and 18 came together for a Shabbaton where they could say kaddish for their parents.


The program was arranged by Boneinu, a project by Tov V’chesed. Project Boneinu is run by Rabbi Yaakov Eliezer Shisha and Rabbi Meir Aker. Boneinu’s Israel center is a place where orphans come to eat, do homework, or find a listening ear, Boneinu additionally arranges trips, shabbatons and learning programs.

The Yesodot Shabbaton tended to matters of body, heart and soul, as the kids were delighted with gifts, gourmet meals, music, dancing, and individual attention given to each child. The highlight of the program was the Friday night performance by a six-piece band and choir which lifted everyone’s spirits and there was dancing until early morning.

Rabbi Yaakov Eliezer Shisha, the founder of Tov V’Chesed, then made an exciting announcement; the Boneinu house will move to a new and expanded facility, slated to begin construction in November. The facility will house a chef on premises, a rooftop porch, six private session rooms and expanded study.

As Rabbi Shisha explained, “Tov V’chesed is about ending the suffering of Israel’s children. Whether it’s an orphan or hungry child we’ll make sure to give them the childhood they deserve.”

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