My Favorite Mitzvah Heroes

Some of my favorite Mitzvah heroes and non-profits, most with website links. I stand behind these 100% as being among the most efficient and most effecive non-profits in Israel. If you have any questions, please ask!

  • Shachen Tov (Good Neighbor Association) started and run by students of Hebrew University, providing food for people in need
  • Jenna Elbaz and Shaked Karp of My Piece of the Puzzle having high school kids-at-risk work with special needs kids and well, magic happens to both population groups!
  • Odelia Porat, Reut Sderot, our main contact for taking care of needs in the Gaza border town of Sderot
  • We also work with those families in need from the Jerusalem Border Patrol unit giving the soldier some piece of mind that his/her family is taken care of.
  • The Shira Pransky Project, directed by Ayala Laub, helps English speakers in Israel get access to the healthcare they need, informs them of their rights, and overall, explains everything you need to know about healthcare in Israel.
  • Amit Shapira, of Amit LaDerech, helping discharged soldiers from challenged backgrounds, get a chance in life

  • The (new) Eckstein Fund, run by Joelle Eckstein in memory of her husband, Rav Yechiel Eckstein. They have a hotline that anyone in the country can call (*9779) and they help people in need find what they need! In addition to directing people to services available, they also fund, on a one-time basis, specific items for a person/family in need (for example, a fridge or bed or a food package). They are not affiliated with Rabbi Eckstein’s programs.
  • Dr. David Portowicz, Jaffa Institute, at risk kids in the poorest sections of Tel Aviv, Jaffa, and Holon
  • Yael Barlev, Galila working with anything and everything in northern Israel
  • Avshalom Beni, HAMA ISRAEL, Israel’s foremost animal assisted therapist
  • Robbie Sassoon of Crossroads, outreach to English-speaking street kids
  • Judy Singer of Matnat Chaim Israel’s foremost organization regarding kidney donations.
  • Yehuda Kohn, Beit Elazraki, a real home to 250+ kids who can’t live with their parents/families
  • Linda Mosek, Click, working with elders who are producing arts and crafts kits for sale in addition, there are programs for Shoah survivors and others
  • Alice Jonah, old Diplomat Hotel, working with elderly Russians and their needs
  • Rabbanit Kapach’s family continues to provide food for hungry people
  • If you want to accomplish anything related to Tzedakah and Hessed in these cities, let me know. We have developed relationships that allow us to work directly and with no overhead: Netanya, Ashkelon, Sderot, Gedera, and Shlomi
  • Phyllis Heimowitz, IDF Girlfriends, a non-profit that works with girlfriends (and boyfriends) of IDF soldiers who have fallen
  • Miriam Freier, Shalheveth, providing independent housing for people with physical disabilities
  • Moshe Kot, Lev Ramot, providing food to families in need
  • Harel mechanic and owner of a garage/body shop, but that’s only his day job….
  • Channa working with injured soldiers and their families
  • Zehava feeding 7 families