Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy. Proverbs 31:9
Approximately 24.45% of Israel’s population (1,733,400) currently live below the poverty line with 19.9% of Israel’s 7.8 million living in households with incomes less than half of the national median. The National Insurance Institute's annual poverty report released in November 2011 reveals that approxmiately 35.3% or 837,300 of children are living in poverty while 20.1% of Israel’s elderly live in impoverished conditions, many of whom are Holocaust Survivors. Roughly 5000 lone soldiers currently serve in the IDF on a salary of only $250 per month with no family network within Israel. Jerusalem Institute of Justice seeks to empower and bring relief to these vulnerable and disadvantaged sectors of society through continued advocacy and the facilitation of the following social justice projects: Caring for Israel’s Elderly, Empowering Israel’s Children, Supporting Israel’s Soldiers, and Upholding Israel’s Poor. In collaboration with social and political Israeli activists and volunteers, Jerusalem Institute for Justice holds several national distributions throughout the year to help combat poverty and uphold the underprivileged in the ongoing struggle for justice and civil rights within Israel.
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The elderly sector remains one of Israel’s vulnerable populations with nearly 20.1% living in poverty according to the National Insurance Institute's annual poverty report published in November 2010. This sector boasts over 200,000 Holocaust survivors with nearly 1/3 living below the poverty line.
The National Insurance Institute's 2011 poverty report reveals that approximately 837,300 children currently live in poverty within the nation of Israel while some 55% of them forgo at least one meal daily due to their families' economic status. Morever, Latet's 2010 Alternative Poverty Report found that 83% of children do not have access to dental care.
There are currently over 5000 chayalim bodedim (lone soldiers) serving in the IDF and contributing to Israel’s welfare and security with no family network within Israel. While some are recent immigrants from all over the world, others have left ultra-Orthodox families to serve their nation, leaving many without the comfort of home and the support of family.
Holidays in Israel are traditionally a time for tzedaka, the Hebrew word for charity. During the Passover season, it is particularly customary to collect funds for Kimcha d’Pischa (flour for Passover) to distribute to the needy for matzah and other traditional holiday items.
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