Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Bridal Gowns Free to Jewish Orphans

After much work, we have some progress. Take a look at our slideshow to find out about our exciting addition to our Bayit Chadash Gemach.

We have many plans for the development of our work empowering orphans at the time they marry. If you are looking for a Mitzvah to support this Elul, why not contribute to our Bayit Chadash Gemach and developing addition of our Bridal Gowns. Every couple assisting is building a Torah observant home in Eretz Yisrael and especially in and around Yerushalayim

Thank you to everyone who has already contributed. We have a long way to go to have our full centre but each step is so very special. Every item, service or development is greatly appreciated and very meaningful. Thank you!

Tax Receipts are available for those donating via check. Be in touch to find out more. 

Wishing everyone Shanah Tova U'Metuka, a year filled with abundant blessings.

Shoshanah Shear

Thursday, 20 August 2015

So Close and Yet So Very Far

A few days ago I was out working to help our new orphan Kallah when I got a phone call that 32 of our bridal dresses were at our front door and where was I. Well, since I was not notified in advance, I was out.

He agreed to take the dresses back and bring them the next day at a mutually agreed upon time and agreed to lend us a clothes stand to hang the dresses on until we obtained our own. 

Thanks to assistance from many caring Yidden, we managed to pay for the dry cleaning of the 32 dresses and prepared to be at the temporary location at 8 pm to receive them. Three quarters of an hour before I decided to confirm the time only to be told it would be 8.30 pm. OK, that's doable.

The dresses arrived but without a stand. At the last minute he decided not to loan us a stand and we were stuck. The dresses were received and laid out on beds, sofas, wherever was possible. In the meantime we set to work to find an alternative. 

Amongst our networking we heard that a store was closing and selling some store equipment. We tried to be in touch and were told, call back again in half an hour then another half an hour then another. Oh dear, more networking and nothing progressed.

The next day we set to work again to either obtain one or two sturdy clothes stands that we could borrow until we can afford to purchase our own or donations to be able to purchase new ones. By Hashgachah Pratit we were put in touch with the owner of the store that is closing and offered ONE stand. I raced over, took a look and was unsure what to respond. In the top image you can see the stand is rusted from having been outside. The height can no longer be adjusted due to rust and one wheel is broken as seen in the image below.

In addition was the problem of how to transport it as the rust meant it could not be easily taken apart. I set to work calling taxis, mini-movers, going into the hardware store and brainstorming. What solution was there and could this stand work even as a short-term measure.

The cost of transporting the stand was quoted as ₪100 - ₪250 plus costs involved to fix it up. OY, would it work? I was just about to give up when one of the taxis called me and wanted to know where the stand was to look and see if it could fit into his van. Amazingly he decided he could work a plan and next thing I knew he was downstairs to collect me and transport the stand (and me) to the temporary bridal gown venue. Yes there was a cost but less than the others had quoted.

I could hardly believe it. Timing somehow worked, after much time and effort we had a stand ..... or did we.
We began to place a few of the dresses on the stand only to discover it is too short and can not be adjusted due to the rust. Also there is risk that the rust will damage the dresses. 

Off I went again to gather more information. The cost to sand off and treat the stand, paint it with a paint that both treats and protects the metal from rust returning and from rust peeling off onto the bridal gowns plus cost of a new wheel and time of working on this added up, add to this the amount to transport the stand and it was no longer worth fixing up. 

If you are interested in our Bridal Gown Gemach, our current goal is to cover the ₪790 required to purchase two new sturdy clothes stands, including tax and transport. If anyone can assist, tax receipts are available for donations made via check.

Please be in touch if you can assist.

Thank you for caring

Shoshanah Shear
Chessed Ve'Emet

Friday, 14 August 2015

Bringing Simchah to an Orphan Kallah

I had some fun yesterday, meeting the Kallah to select a few items that she needed. We found a good Tallit (Nusach Sefardi), an attractive Tallit bag and a Neigel Vasser. The items are seen in the above photograph. Thank you to our kind donors for assisting with these important items. Now the Kallah can give the customary gift to her Chatan of a Tallit and Tallit bag.

The Kallah is still in need of two mattress covers to protect the mattresses, some head scarves, a Sheital and a few other smaller items.

The Kallah is coming to Chuppah, G-d willing on Chet Elul, so time is of the essence. If you have not seen our previous post, the Kallah was orphaned from her mother just 7 months ago due to a surgical error. The loss of their mother has had a very great effect on the Kallah and the rest of her family.

Please help us to bring Simchah to this Kallah. Tax receipts are available to those donating via check from Israel, US or Canada. Please be in touch for how to donate.

If you have new items to donate, please be in touch to to co-ordinate what you have to donate.

Thank you for your kindness

Shoshanah Shear

Monday, 10 August 2015

The first of our Elul Kallot

We have just interviewed a very sweet Kallah due to get married in just two weeks. Polite, respectful and appreciative of any assistance that is given to her. This Kallah is the third child of 8 children. She spent a bit of time doing a course to provide sport and music groups to preschool children and was enjoying starting to work. She is not yet earning even a minimum wage as her monthly salary, but had motivation and dedication to gain experience and progress in her work, until 7 months ago when her world was turned upside down. 

The family had happily enjoyed a Bar Mitzvah of one of her brothers when her mother began to experience abdominal pain. Doctors thought it was something minor but results of tests made them change their diagnosis and her mother was admitted for surgery to remove a growth. Sadly, due to a surgical error, the mother began to hemorrhage and did not survive the surgery. 

The parents had been working together to develop a printing service. The mother was involved in the graphic and print related work and the father was more involved in ordering supplies and serving customers. The loss of the mother has meant not only not having a loving mother to run the home but the loss of a main part of the business too.

As a result, our young Kallah is having to prepare her wedding alone and needs help to begin her own home. We have managed to assist with some items for the home but the Kallah still requires the following:

Set of mattress protectors for two single beds for the new couple (the type of beds that can separate or be pushed together as needed)
Mayim Acharonim preferably silver
Neigel Vasser
Scarves to cover her hair (she prefers black, cream or blue)
A Sheital, preferably custom
Pocket size Shmirat HaLashon in Hebrew 
A Tallit and cover for the Tallit for the Kallah to give as a gift to her Chatan
Someone to do the hair for her sisters. She has had an offer for her own hair and make-up but not for her sisters.

If anyone has new items to donate or are able to make a monetary donation towards starting the home of an orphan Kallah, please be in touch. Tax receipts available to those donating via check.

Please give generously to assist this very sweet Kallah

Thank you for your kindness

Shoshanah Shear

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Happy News to Share

I was going to write a blog post about our latest Kallah, but went off to do an errand and now have a wonderful interruption. Forgive me for the detour, but I think it is worth it. As you read the post below, I hope the above image will make sense. They say Olam Chessed Yibane. The world is built on acts of loving kindness.

Mazal Tov! Mazal Tov! 

Just met one of our Chatanim from a year ago when out doing errands. So special to hear they are preparing for the Pidyan HaBen of their first child.

The Chatan (new Abba) asked to say thank you to all those who donated items for their home. Every item given is being used and is appreciated.

The Kallah from this couple was orphaned from her father. They received a whole bundle of items for their new home from items needed for the Shabbos table to make-up to blankets and a new leather handbag for the Kallah and a Tallit for the Kallah to give to the Chatan. The Chatan mentioned that every item given is of value to them and used all the time. 

Thank you to everyone who has donated to our Bayit Chadash Gemach. This is what it is all about. By giving to an orphan Kallah with items that are needed and important to her, you free her of the stress that is created from a lack and help her to build her own home, start her own family and so a new world is created. 

Shoshanah Shear of Chessed Ve'Emet

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Misplaced Bridal Gowns

If you visit Beitar Illit and travel down a certain road, outside one of the dry cleaners you will see the above image. It is a sturdy clothes stand with a number of bridal dresses on it. These are some of the bridal dresses that are part of our Bridal Gown Gemach. We really do not want them to be a permanent Beitar feature, at least not outside a dry cleaner. We want them to be in our own premises and ready to show to Kallot. The image above shows about 15 of the gowns. There are more than this, the others are inside or in the Machsan (storeroom) of the dry cleaner.

If you have Maaser or Tzeddakah spare, please help us to complete paying the dry cleaner for the dry cleaning expense, to purchase the necessary store equipment and to move all of the bridal gowns to a suitable space that is large enough to display appropriately.

We are now affiliated with two organizations to provide tax receipts. Please be in touch for how to donate.

Together we can help to bring happiness to many Kallot. For Kallot who are orphans, they will have the opportunity to borrow a bridal dress at no charge and just enjoy wearing it on their special day.

Help us to bring happiness to brides who lack one or both parents to support and guide them.

Thank you for your kindness

Shoshanah Shear


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