Yad Ezra V'Shulamit

Yad Ezra V'Shulamit feeds thousands of hungry Jewish children and families throughout Israel. We distribute 3000 food baskets weekly, feed 500 children a hot meal daily and work with teens at risk to get them back on track. We have a job desk to help people upgrade their resumes and get jobs.
Location: Jerusalem,
Year founded: 1988


Yad Ezra V’Shulamit is a humanitarian organization in Israel which helps needy families overcome poverty.

Founded in 1998, the organization began by delivering food baskets to fifty local families.

Since then, it has expanded into a nation-wide operation which includes distributing 3,000 food baskets every week, and 30,000 more during holiday seasons.The children who attend Yad Ezra V’Shulamit Children’s Centers are provided with a nutritious meal, academic tutoring, and an enriching social environment.

Youth clubs host activities for teens-at-risk to provide them with social-emotional support and the tools necessary to become responsible, contributing members of society. As a result, youngsters born into poverty are enabled to expand their horizons in a safe and encouraging environment.

Additionally, the Yad Ezra V’Shulamit job desk gives vocational guidance to unemployed individuals. Yad Ezra V’Shulamit also provides the families it serves with financial assistance for out of the ordinary expenses such as school supplies, winter gear, medical care, various therapies, and the means to celebrate life cycle events with dignity.

Children's Center in Jerusalem


Our “Warm Home for Kids” comprehensive after-school center in Jerusalem ensures that children from impoverished homes are provided with basic food security, as well as educational, social and cultural enrichment. Children that are nurtured in our centers begin to succeed - in school, in games and with their friends.

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What is the mission and purpose of this program?

The main mission of the Warm Home for Kids is to ensure the nutritional security of children from financially challenged families, to provide educational, social and therapeutic support to children from underserved homes and to empower children from financially challenged families to fulfill their potential.

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Program Description

Our “Warm Home for Kids” in Jerusalem provides hot meals, therapy and programming, free of charge, to 120 children from impoverished homes, between the ages of 3 and 14 from the neighborhood of Beit Israel. Our Jerusalem center is operational from 1 pm to 5 pm, five days a week, throughout the school year, staffed by formal and informal educators as well as volunteers, who serve as tutors, mentors and care givers.

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Demonstrated Need

All of the children and youth in our “Comprehensive Programming” have experienced undernourishment; many also suffer secondary effects of poverty – including trauma and low self-esteem. We use a holistic approach using nutritional, educational, social and mentoring approaches, to ensure children and youth from underprivileged homes receive an equal opportunity to flourish.

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Program Accomplishments

Being able to help out these girls, serving 120 hot lunches a day throughout the year, tutoring and fulfilling all of their therapeutic needs is our greatest accomplishment.

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How do you measure the success of your program?

Our measurable objectives are:

  1. To provide 120 children with a hot lunch
  2. To offer educational enrichment and social activities for 120 children daily
  3. To provide for the therapeutic needs of 120 children

We believe our program has been successful at fulfilling our children's most basic needs.

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