Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Turning the Darkness to Light

The foods that we eat on Rosh HaShanah are symbolic of the year we will have ahead of us. One of these fruits typically eaten on Rosh HaShanah is the pomegranate. This year shopping for yummy looking pomegranates was quite a challenge. It has been quite a lesson to watch the decrease in quality of fruits and vegetables as the Shmita year draws to an end. There definitely is something special about the land of Israel and the fruits grown in Israel by Jews attest to it. 

As we looked at one tiny pomegranate after another, suddenly I noticed one that looked a little larger, a little redder and perfect in shape. Happy with my pomegranate, I took care of it for a few days eagerly awaiting the Jewish New Year to cut it open and make a blessing on the tasty fruit. 

To my dismay, when I cut it open the inside was black. My heart sank. Please, it can not be that a bad year is ahead. 

A friend on FaceBook kindly said this is the readiness for growth. 

Well, we went visiting a neighbour and managed to obtain pink and white pomegranate seeds and a few delicious dates thrown in for good measure. Rosh HaShanah was a special time despite the heat, but looking at the news makes my heart sink once more.

The only thing I can think of is to increase in acts of kindness and so I appeal to any caring Jew reading this post to please, visit our updated campaign, share it with your friends, make a donation and help us to turn the darkness to light and good and kindness and truth. We need a sweet year. Together we can change it for good.

If you are wondering how to access the campaign click on the highlighted words and it will take you to the page.  Or you can visit our website and see the progress.

Thank you for your kindness. May the year ahead be sweet and wonderful.

Shoshanah Shear

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Everything Has a Purpose

I have just opened up a bag of items that came in to our Gemach in order to begin our section for renting out items for Schtick to use at weddings. The above image shows a basket of colourful fun to bring joy to Jewish brides at their wedding. We have:
- pink and white silk flower chains (lei)
- multi colour silk flower chains (lei)
- red and yellow silk flower chains (lei)
- flashing bracelets
- shakers with balls inside that glow or provide flashing light

The last item could be a problem for me to come into the room of our Gemach / store and see these flashing lights so I thought of what I can drape over the basket that wont cause a problem to anyone with sensory problems or for me when working in the room. Suddenly I remembered an item sitting with the arts and crafts things that I have been wondering for years how to use. 

Years ago when I was working at Groote Schuur Hospital in South Africa all of the occupational therapists in the department at the time sewed a special square to make up a quilt. I forget at the moment what we made this for, I think to raffle as a fundraiser, but that detail for the moment escapes me. One of the squares was made into a cushion cover and all the OT's who contributed to the quilt had the opportunity to win the cushion cover. I was blessed with winning it, except for one problem. The shape is a little different to the regular fillers for hand made cushions. I have not managed to find one suitable and so the beautiful cushion cover has been neatly folded waiting for the right time to be used. 

I am so happy to say I found the perfect use for it? 

As you can see in the above photograph, it covers the basket of items for Schtick perfectly and now the flashing shakers will only be seen when worked with or at a wedding. 

What a powerful lesson. All it takes is a little patience and creativity and it is possible to find a good purpose for everything.

Have a blessed day and be in touch if you would like to rent items for Schtick for a wedding. Prices still being worked on, proceeds helps us to bring Simchah (joy) to orphan brides.

Shanah Tova U'Metukah

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Preparing for our Sale

There is much that goes into setting up a sale. At Chessed Ve'Emet we are hard at work sorting, pricing and preparing items to go to our sale on Sunday. The above image shows a few more items that are about to be placed in a box to bring with us to Nachlaot.

As we check the items, it is amazing to consider the generous and caring Yidden who have been only too happy to pass on unwanted items for us to either give to orphan Chatanim and Kallot or to sell towards assisting them further. 

If there is anything in the above image that you would like, do take a look at our website for info or be in touch to come to our sale. Your purchase does the very big Mitzvah of assisting orphans at the time we marry. One of our goals is to complete the dry cleaning of 60 bridal gowns in preparation to loan to orphan brides. We have 32 dry cleaned and up on a stand and a further 28 still at the dry cleaner.

Be a part of making this special project even more successful. As we prepare for a sale, one of our Kallot is coming to Chuppah a little later TODAY! We wish her and all of our couples Mazal Tov and much blessing in their new homes.

Thank you to all those of you who support and appreciate our Bayit Chadash Gemach with it's new addition of the bridal gowns.

We are still in need of someone in Nachlaot / Sharei Chessed or Rehavia area to help by putting up a flyer or two. If you can assist, please be in touch.

Mark your calendar and come and join us on Sunday 6th September from 18h30 - 21h30

We look forward to seeing you there.

Have a blessed day

Shoshanah Shear

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Pre-Rosh HaShanah Sale

We are having a sale, come and join us!! 

Start your New Year with a Mitzvah and Tzeddakah at our 
                Pre Rosh HaShanah Sale

Date: Sunday 6 September 2015
Time: 18h30 - 21h30
Nachlaot, Jerusalem

Your purchase will help us to:
       - assist orphan Chatanim and Kallot
       - develop our bridal gown Gemach
       - provide marital support and Kallah lessons and 
                    ...... see

You can purchase from a selection of:
  - honey jars
 - table cloths
 - a few pieces of jewellery
 - second hand Sheitels
 - 100% natural lipstick and lipliner
 - art / photography

 - books and CD's and more

Do come and join us and bring your friends. We have lovely items, great prices and a very worthy Mitzvah. 

Contact Shoshanah Shear  for any questions

Looking forward to seeing you there

Shoshanah Shear

Chessed Ve'Emet


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