Noam Eliezer Institution is a non-profit organization, which supports child-rich Jewish families. The seat and establishment place is Jerusalem. Founder of the organization is the Jewish Rabbi Yitschak Naki. Here you can find all information you need first. Don’t hesitate to contact us, if there are any questions.
I would like to tell you about our organization, the Noam Eliezer Institution, and the important work it does for the needy in Israel. Of course, should you require any further information, please feel free to contact me by telephone or email. My cell number and email address appear at the end of this page.
One of Noam Eliezer’s central goals is to assist large families in Israel that are in very difficult socioeconomic circumstances and are thus in need of our support. Our assistance to these families is expressed in the supply of basic food products and clothing items.
For the past two years, we have provided food products for some 70 families each and every week and, immediately prior to Jewish holidays, such as Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot and Passover, we have provided food products for some 120 families. Prior to the change in our system of assistance, this help consisted of food baskets, filled with basic food products for the Sabbath and holidays. Today, as I explain below, the assistance to these families takes the form of food vouchers.
In the past, we had a large warehouse with refrigerators. We used the warehouse to store the food and clothing products we purchased at a discount or received as donations from various companies which generously helped us. We would sort out these products and then we would distribute the food products to the families we help by means of refrigerated trucks.
A year and a half ago, we drastically changed our system of material assistance because of the heavy expenses – the rental fees for the refrigerated warehouse, for transportation and delivery costs, and for the salaries of paid employees (the ongoing work cannot be carried out only by volunteers). The huge logistical costs left us no choice: We wanted to continue helping the families but we needed to do so by means of a less costly method.
Today we are giving out food vouchers that indicate the name and identity card number of the recipient and which are non-transferable. The vouchers have a specific cash value and can be used to purchase food products at supermarkets.
This method has advantages and drawbacks.
The primary advantage are the immense savings in transportation, delivery and storage costs, as well as the immense savings in time (we would invest considerable time and energy in operating the previous warehouse- and delivery-based system). A second advantage is that the families can choose what food products they want.
The major drawback is that we must now pay for the food products at full cost. We no longer receive these products free or at a 25-percent discount.
However, we weighed the pros and cons before we changed our system and came to the conclusion that we must adopt a new method if we wish to continue in long-range terms with the vital work of helping needy families in Israel.
In addition to food products, we distribute to needy families clothing items for both adults and children at the beginning of each winter season (which can be quite cold here in Israel), as well as schoolbooks, notebooks, writing supplies and schoolbags before the start of each school year.
The funding for our activities comes solely from donations. Because of the global economic crisis, the donations to our organization have decreased over the past two years. The sad consequence of this situation is that we have been gradually forced to cut down our assistance to needy families in Israel by about 50 percent.
I hope that I have given you some idea of the scope and nature of our work on behalf of persons and families in socioeconomic distress here in Israel. As I noted before, I will be happy to supply you with any further details that you are interested in.
On behalf of the Noam Eliezer Institution