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February 8th, 2021

Spirit of Kindness at Meir Panim Branches

At Meir Panim, our unique approach to giving has allowed us to bring communities together and create a sense of family among our patrons, staff, and volunteers. We understand that common bonds are created through helping others, which can create a ripple effect for doing good. We have had the opportunity to share these values of compassion for others with thousands of people. This month, two of Meir Panim’s Branches had the privilege of connecting with the younger generation to create a ne...
January 5th, 2021

Updates from Meir Panim, as Israel Fights off Third Wave of the Coronavirus

Israel is facing a record-breaking wave of COVID-19, with each day bringing news of rising cases and death rates. This has forced the Israeli government to extend its third lockdown until at least the end of January, with a possibility of an extension. The strain of the virus on Israel’s economy is growing daily and becoming more difficult for the country's middle class to endure. Unemployment rates are up as small and large businesses struggle to make ends meet in lockdown. Meir Panim,...
A Heartfelt Thank you
December 29th, 2020

Try not to cry watching this heartwarming thank you video!

https://vimeo.com/505254101 Every day, Meir Panim has the special privilege of caring for thousands of needy Israelis. And while our on-site branch managers and volunteers have the pleasure of hearing the stories and expressions of gratitude from our patrons daily, the rest of us don’t always have that opportunity.  However, last week, a very special individual who has been a regular at Meir Panim’s Restaurant-Style ...
December 23rd, 2020

A Very Special Chanukah With Meir Panim

In a year where the world has been flipped upside down and spun like a dreidel, it’s certainly nice to be at the end of it, celebrating Chanukah! One major theme of the holiday is that even in the darkest of times, there is always light. That has certainly been true for the world as the holiday coincided with the release of the first COVID-19 vaccines. At Meir Panim, we have also been able to create light amidst the darkness this Chanukah, as we helped needy in...
December 8th, 2020

Uncertainty around COVID-19 as Israel Begins Chanukah Celebrations

Chanukah 2020 begins on Thursday night, the 10th of December, a time of year that is usually marked by celebrations with family and friends, has never been met with more uncertainty for Israel’s needy.  Since the beginning of COVID-19, the loss of jobs and the economic downturn in Israel has been well documented. Each of the two lockdowns has intensified the financial difficulties, and now, with the rate of infection in...
December 6th, 2020

Pizza Anyone?

Every day, Meir Panim sends out hundreds of packaged meals to the needy from its five Restaurant-Style Soup Kitchen branches across Israel. Since COVID-19, most of these meals get prepared and packaged on-site by Meir Panim volunteers, but once in a while, it’s nice to be treated to something special.  Last week, Dan Koweity, a long time volunteer and supporter of Meir Panim, made a special gift for the speedy recovery ...
November 17th, 2020

Inspiring Creativity in Meir Panim’s Ben Gurion Neighborhood Youth Center in Sderot

With Israel currently riding out its second wave of COVID-19, the country remains under strict guidelines which prohibit indoor gatherings and schools from reopening in person. While operating under these restrictions has certainly been a challenge for Meir Panim’s Neighborhood Youth Centers, the center’s staff have come up with creative ways to safely engage its teens under these unprecedented circumstances. With schools closed, the function of our Neighborhoo...
November 9th, 2020

Rotem Industries Teams Up With Meir Panim to Give Back During Lockdown

Israel is slowly opening up from a state of lockdown. Schools are beginning to reopen and some Israelis are finally returning to work. The unemployment rate is still high at nearly 23%, but there is hope that things will improve for the better. Meir Panim is still serving three times more clients than they did pre-pandemic. Restaurant-Style Soup Kitchen staff and volunteers are working around the clock in order to ensur...
November 9th, 2020

Teen Centers in Sderot Make Major Impact On Their Community During Lockdown

Just as Israel was settling in to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the country entered a mandatory lockdown due to an uptick in COVID-19 cases. And as a result, schools and stores closed, leaving many in quarantine and at home alone. In Sderot, Meir Panim’s Neighborhood Youth Center staff gathered together and offered their students an opportunity to make their days more productive while they waited for schools to resume. Instead of the usual activities, which normally include large gatherings,...
October 20th, 2020

Our Sderot Neighborhood Youth Centers’ Spirit Can Never Be Locked Down

For most teenagers, the hardest thing about being in isolation is not being able to visit friends and family. But for the at-risk youth in Sderot, being in isolation has a completely different meaning. The Neighborhood Youth Center has been a resource for helping the at-risk teens manage the difficulties and hardships in their lives. Through the mentoring they receive, they learn to work through their problems by learni...