Dear Friends,

Another year has passed and we are making our Pesach preparations.

2020 was “the year that was.” Like the rest of the world, Covid-19 had a harsh effect on us. Firstly, many more people needed assistance. Secondly, we were rushed to distribute the foods to get to the homes as the country was about to be locked down. Lastly, we could not reach all of our generous donors to collect the money needed.

We were able to help over 1,600 families in Gush Etzion, Hebron, and the Shomron communities for Pesach.

This year, many people have been out of work. More people need help for Pesach and we have to be there to answer the call. We have been contacted by even more families than usual who are in serious need. They come from yishuvim such as Hebron, Kiryat Arba, Maaleh Amos, Bat Ayin, Metzad, Maale Chaver, Alon Shvut, Elon Moreh, Homesh, Chavat Gilad, Yitzhar, Shvut Rachel, Itamar, Maale Levana, and other remote places in Israel.

While most people do not know where these places are, we have that knowledge and the ability to deliver to every one of these places. Last year we distributed matzoh, wine, grape juice, olive oil, potatoes, and fruit to most of these families. For many of these families, it made Pesach possible. This year we hope to once again distribute meat and chicken. Usually, we also send a check or food vouchers to every family; this year, we are adding new food items to grant these families their Yom Tov needs.

Every penny that you give is spent on the purchase and distribution of their Pesach needs, with no other overhead what-so-ever.

We are in the midst of ordering wine, matzah, meat, and chicken. We must raise over $750,000 to cover these costs. In the past years you have been quite generous with your contributions. This year we have another bump in the road to overcome. Last year when we paid our bill the dollar was at 3.7 shekel; today it is at 3.2. This means to buy the same product at the same shekel price will cost at least 10% more than last year. Once again, we need your help. We really value your contribution.

Thank you for your help. Best wishes for you and your family for a Chag Kasher Vsameach!

Tizke LeMitzvot!

Alan Hirsch