Sunday, 1 December 2013

Chanukah - an appropriate time to help a friend

There are times that everyone needs a friend to help him / her back onto his / her feet or assistance to give them a start in life. At Chessed Ve'Emet we recognise this need and we recognise that there are many amazing people out there who like to be a part of helping others. Our Bayit Chadash Gemach is one of the very special projects of Chessed Ve'Emet  dedicated to assisting needy orphans to setve one or both parents to participate in their sprecial day and to assist in building their new hom up their new home at the time of getting married.

Knowing first hand what the needs are of a Chatan / Kallah who does not have, one or both parents to participate in their special day and to assist in building their new home, Chessed Ve'Emet is structuring a much needed service. On our website you can see just two of the couples we have assisted. 

One of the ways we come up with funding to meet the costs involved in offering such assistance is through our Bayit Chadash store. We invite you to browse our website to view the various cetagories of items available for sale through our Bayit Chadash store.

We are currently needing to move and due to the increase of items coming into our Bayit Chadash store, we need your help to continue to progress. In order to be successful, we need more shelves to display items that come in, a storage room and the means to move to larger space rather than downsize. 

Please join us in building our Bayit Chadash store to assist even more Yidden. 

Here are some images taken from the start of today's sale. From these images we hope you can see the quality items and the reason we need space to display these items correctly. 

A selection of some of the items that are already organised on shelves. In the corner you can see a box of baby clothes waiting for a rack or stand to organise more effectively.

Bedspreads and scatter cushions. We have some baby blankets too.

Lots of ladies and kids clothing. Ideally we require clothes racks and a few stands to arrange more effectively. In any event we do need a store room to separate summer and winter garments.

A few of the books that come in. We have 200 books towards starting our lending library that require a bookshelf to be able to start lending out.

Amongst our items we even have the start of some groceries. These go at remarkably low prices, a great saving for anyone on a budget. Also on the table are unframed drawings. To the left can be seen the edge of 3 Challah covers, the testers of our lipstick and lipliner, a silicone baking tray, and in the back, hot rollers.

Quite a lovely selection.

Everyone needs a winter jacket or coat and what do you do when the cost is too much? In this pile we have at least 10 lovely ladies winter jackets going for JUST ₪15 each

Ladies jersey's / sweaters. For now they are neatly folded but really need a better rack to organise more effectively.

 Kids clothing and in the box, some more baby clothes

Also available in our Bayit Chadash store is a selction of original art.

We also have a range of packaged gifts perfect to give as a wedding or birthday gift and even one specifically for a Bat Mitzvah gift.

Proceeds of our store assist us to continue helping others. We'd like to continue developing and progressing. We need YOUR help to do so. Please do come and visit and purchase your household items from our Bayit Chadash store. Please let your friends know of our developing store. In particular we need more sales to help develop our Centre. Gift vouchers are also available.

Chanukah is a time to give to others, to share the miracle of Hashem's kindness and what better way than to assist a developing organization to continue to grow and progress so as to help even more Yidden in very meaningful ways.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Leiv Esther, the next phase begins

A few years ago, I started this blog as a continuation of the example my grandparents have made of their acts of loving kindness, their amazing respect for others and their dedication to one another. My late grandmother was Esther. My Grandfather Yehuda Leib, I used a play on the name Leib to Leiv, meaning heart. The heart of Esther. Queen Esther of course was one of the lead characters in the Purim story, a time of our redemption. We are taught that the world will receive a final redemption partly from acts of loving kindness.

It has taken me more than a week to write this post. Sadly, my beloved grandfather left this world on 5th Kislev 5774. His passing is a real loss to the world. For those who never knew my late grandfather, 
Prof V.L. Granger, stay tuned as we gradually share a few teachings from his inspiring life. Stay tuned for the book of the lessons learned from my Grandparents, bli neder we'll notify you when it is ready. One fact I wish to share here is that my grandfather sustained a war injury during WW2 and when he returned from the war, instead of being bitter or applying for a disability grant, he worked hard to achieve full independence and to go on to build and assist others. He achieved a lot and helped many. Following his example, I began using my personal and professional skills to gradually build a Torah - healing centre. 

The posts on this blog outline much of our journey. In the merit of a very special couple Esther bat Nachum Dov Ber a"h and Yehuda Leib ben Yosef a"h I ask you to join us in striving further to make this centre a reality. On our website you will find much of the work we are involved in.

Our current major project is the development of our Bayit Chadash Gemach, helping needy orphan Chatanim and Kallot to set up their new home at the time of getting married. Some months ago we added our Bayit Chadash store which aims to be one of several ways to raise money for the progress of this project and our centre. Our Bayit Chadash Gemach and store is, thank G-d developing steadily. We currently need your assistance to obtain clothing racks (even the cost of having someone collect clothign stands offered as a donation is an expense we need your help to cover), stands / shelves for more items to make the store organised, a bookshelf to shelve the over 200 books donated thus far towards the start of our lending library. We are also in need of either an Ikea cupboard / storeroom for those additional items not on a current sale or an outside storeroom. Or assitance to go one step further which would be to move to larger premises as donations are coming in faster than sales.

We are also in need of volunteers especially to assist with our sales.

If you have skills and time and would like to be involved in what we are developing, please do be in touch. If you would like to purchase an item, some of the items are on our website, there are very many more in our Bayit Chadash store so do try to come in person. If you are able to make a donation of Maaser or Tzeddakah to assist in developing a special Torah Centre, please do so via our website. If you would like to book a shiur or to sponsor a Torah scholar, please do be in touch. If you are a Chatan or Kallah and are in need of learning the laws of Family Purity, Chessed Ve'Emet offers lessons in the laws of Family Purity both in person and via Skype with webcam. If you would like to have learning carried out in the merit of an Aliyah Neshama of a loved one from a Torah scholar in Eretz Yisrael, please vsiit our website for our service in memory of a loved one.

Please join us in developing Chessed Ve'Emet a centre based on Torah, Tefillah and acts of Loving Kindness. Aspects of the Centre are in the merit of the grandparents listed here. The lending library is also in the merit of my Grandfather Nathan ben Moshe a"h who died at just 35 years and my father Nathan Gershon ben Nathan a"h who was just 46 when leaving this world.

We need your help to progress another step further. Please become an active part in what we are doing. If you live in Israel and are able to visit in person, we are currently in Beitar Illit. We'd love for your to visit and to purchase gift items, art, photographs, Judaica or household items from our developing store. 

Thank you for your assistance and for uniting us to bring merit to my grandparents, my father and G-d willing to Am Yisrael too. 

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Hachnasat Kallah - URGENT Help needed

We have just been approached by a couple who are both Baalei Teshuvah and Olim Chadashim. Neither have family to assist them. The wedding is scheduled for THIS Sunday. We have ONLY a few days to get this together. Please help us make this happen.

The Chatan learns half day and works half day but is not able to bring in enough to cover basics, let alone the wedding or setting up the new home.

Already in just a few hours there is a Hall, food, music, a photographer, potential of a veil for the Kallah. Depending on size, possibly a dress for the Kallah.

The couple still needs, table cloths, dishes and silverware for the tables, flowers for the Kallah. Hair and make-up for the Kallah. A chair and or to decorate a chair for the Kallah. Shoes for both Chatan and Kallah. A Hat for the Chatan and Mitpachot for the Kallah. A new suit for the Chatan. Dancers to come and fulfill the Mitzvah "Le Samech Et HaKallah" There are 100 guests invited all from the Yeshiva, not all will be able to attend. There is no-one for the Kallah.

The Kallah needs someone to drive her to the wedding and the Yeshiva Bocharim need a bus to take them to the wedding. The Chatan is also in need of a Tallit.

For the new home, this couple so far have nothing. They need beds, a stove or toaster oven, washing machine, dishes, towels, linen, candle sticks, Kiddush cup, Havdallah set, table clothes, Shabbat outfit for the Kallah, Kapota for the Chatain.

We have a recommendation from Rabbi Ulman, Senior Dayan of the beit Din in Sydney and a letter of recommendaiton from Rabbi Shalom Arush.

We have only a few days to put this together. If you can assist with donations of maaser, new items for the new home, services for the wedding, or you can host Sheva Brachos please email us URGENTLY

You can see the story on our website

Thank you for your kindness

Shoshanah Shear
Bayit Chadash Gemach

Friday, 25 January 2013

Yibaneh Yerushalayim Continues

 Article written by Azriel Winnett

Yibaneh Yerushalayim (May Jerusalem be Rebuilt) is a full color magazine geared to helping people set up a new home, after marrying or making aliyah to Israel, in accordance with authentic Jewish values. With a modern layout and printed on quality paper, it is produced to high professional standards. Its stimulating content includes informative articles by experts prominent in their respective fields and inspiring Torah tips, as well advertising offering quality products and services suitable for the publication's target readership. Distribution is  currently free.

Two issues, which were distributed in the Jerusalem area and throughout Israel, have already been published. The feedback had been extremely positive and it is clear that many people are very eagerly awaiting the third issue, which is now in an advanced stage of preparation. This issue boasts new features and many more articles. You can preview one of them: How Our Emotions Affect Our Relationships by clicking here.

This magazine is part of our expanding Chesed ve'Emet organization that is engaged in disseminating Torah knowledge and values in various ways and in a wide range of chesed activities. In particular, the journal is a component of our Partners in Life program, which provides important services for people preparing to marry, both during their search for the right partner and for long afterwards. This also includes the Bayit Chadash project, which helps in a very practical way less privileged engaged and newly married couples (with a focus on empowering orphans) who simply lack the means for all that is essential for a new Jewish home. Couples we have helped in the past have found it difficult to find the right words to express their deep gratitude for this critical support.

We have great plans for upcoming issues of Yibaneh Yerushalayim. We know that it fills a genuine need and has enormous potential for making a real difference to people's lives. But if we are to continue with this project, we are compelled to appeal to the generosity of those to whom the Jewish family as the cornerstone of Torah-based Jewish life is precious.

As our publication is still new, potential advertisers - on whom we eventually will rely to meet the bulk of our publishing costs - understandably want to see that it will last and be effective before making a decision to advertise with us. Of course, this places us in a paradoxical predicament. Similarly, without basic capital, it is also difficult for a new publication like ours to attract the right calibre of sales people to solicit advertising.

With your generous support, we hope it will be possible to publish our next issue very soon even without enough advertising. Your support will also give us the resources to expand distribution of the magazine, and this will in turn help to enable us to attract more and higher-paying advertisers.

In order to make production as efficient and cost effective as possible, we will also need to invest in a computer that is able to handle the necessary graphic design software, as well as to purchase the software itself(Adobe Creative Suite) and other required accessories together. We will then manage to produce the magazine from start to finish on our own, with substantial long-term savings. In addition, we look forward to being able to update our current website making it user friendly, easy to navigate and enjoyable to use - packed with projects and information to assist our community.

Please become a partner with us in our holy work! We do feel that our modest publication could play a not insignificant role in promoting authentic Jewish values, an important aspect of which is the stability of our family life.
                                              Thank you for your kindness

If you have a service or product related to weddings in Israel and setting up a new home here, please email us for prices to purchase adspace in our next edition. If you know anyone who loves sales, please have them email us.

Please note this article, as with all others on this blog, is copyrighted and may not be used without written permission of the manager of the blog. (written permission MUST be signed by the manager of the blog)

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Hachnasat Kallah for a very special couple 2

This stunning set of brand new sterling silver candlesticks was generously donated to Chessed Ve'Emet to assist the Chatan and Kallah who we are currently assisting. The candlesticks were arranged on a brand new silver plated tray kindly donated by another donor, together with a full assortment of toiletries and other necessities for the Kallah, which she will appreciate when she begins to fulfill the Mitzvah of Taharas HaMishpachah.

Each of the items in the basket of toiletries was donated by a different donor. Whether a donation is large or small, as long as it is brand new we are happy to receive it and include it in the various items necessary to begin the new home of these new couples. Everything we give is aimed at giving dignity and honour to the couple marrying, something that every couple is deserving of.

The couple, based in Israel, have been waiting over a year due to difficulties involved in putting the wedding together. We are grateful to be a part of helping them bring it all together.

This Chatan and Kallah are a very special couple. The Kallah does not have parents to assist her and has been raised by her widowed grandmother. She has a disability affecting her walking and hence walks with assistive devices.

The Chatan is almost blind, being able to see only a few centimetres away from his face. His greatest love is studying Torah which he can only do with large print Seforim (Torah books), held very close to his eyes - with his beard flush on the page. 

The picture below shows the Chatan giving Rabbi Eliyahu Shear of Chessed Ve'Emet a letter of thanks for the first few items received as can be seen on the table (the candlesticks on tray and the basket of toiletries.) The couple are in urgent need of some very important items, including but not limited to:
  • A custom made suit for the Chatan due to other physical deformities
  • A number of white shirts to start his married life
  • New shoes for the Chatan which are easy for him to fasten as he cannot manage laces. 
  • A new hat for the Chatan
  • An adjustable quality Shtender to assist with his learning
  • A trolley for the Kallah to take food or other items to her Chatan (soon to be husband) as her hands are usually holding her walking aides
  • A list of necessary Torah books for the Chatan, vital to every Jewish home. Anyone wanting to donate can enquire as to the books he is in need of.
  • Bookshelves for his books
  • A few sessions of occupational therapy to assist this couple to adjust to married life with their combined and varied disabilities. These sessions will be provided by Shoshanah Shear and are not offered through the National Health. The couple are not able to pay for private sessions.
If you would like to assist any of our orphan Chatanim and Kallot, please visit our website and support our services or purchase a gift voucher to sponsor either a gift or service for our couples. 

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Hachnasat Kallah for a Special Couple 1

There are a few categories of people who are thought to be dead while they are alive. The blind is one of these, the poor is another, a barren woman is another. The reason for this classification is that the blind or poor or barren are unable to serve Hashem correctly.

We are assisting a very special couple to come to Chuppah and set up their new home. The Chatan is legally blind, though he can read large print very close to his eyes sometimes with magnificaiton. This Chatan's only joy is to daven and study Torah. One of his few requests for his new home is some Seforim with large print so that he can continue learning.

Both Chatan and Kallah are on disability grants and need our assistance for basics for their new home. Due to other disabilities, the Chatan also requires his suit and hat to be custom made to fit his unique measurements.

If you have new items for their new home, please email us. If you have Maaser or Tzeddakah that you are able to donate, please purchase a gift voucher to assist our orphan couples.

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Hachnasat Kallah for a Special Couple

We were approached to assist a young couple marrying in just a few weeks. The Chatan is legally blind plus other physical disabilities. He can only read large print very close up. He spends his days and nights learning in Yeshiva which is his love. The Chatan's father is blessed with 10 children and has already married off 8. One can only imagine the expenses involved.

The Chatan's Kallah has special needs, including the need to walk with assisted mobility. Though her parents are alive she has no practical parental support and is raised by her widowed grandmother. 

Due to the special needs involved, this Shidduch has taken a year to work on and needs to come to Chuppah. 

We are appealing to everybody who can assist in some way to please assist as soon as possible.

If you have any new items to donate to assist please email Shoshanah

Thank you for your assistance

Shoshanah Shear


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