Tzedakah: Ahead of the High Holidays next month, the Jerusalem Pantry Packers charitable organization announced that some 4,480 volunteers have packed no less than 69,120 kilograms of food at its warehouse. Pantry Packers is an initiative of the Colel Chabad Charitable Organization, which was founded in 1788 by the first Chabad rebbe, Rabbi Schneur Zalman. The packages include basic goods as well as a jar of honey and a voucher to buy chicken and meat at a local grocer. Some 18,500 families will be receiving food staples for the holiday season, in addition to 81,000 holiday meals at Colel Chabad soup kitchens countrywide. Texas-native Rabbi Menachem Traxler, founder and director of Pantry Packers, said that “demand for our holiday food packages intensifies considerably” before the High Holidays.
Women of valor: The Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project has announced it will be honoring Rachelle Fraenkel, the mother of American-Israeli Naftali Fraenkel, whose kidnapping and murder sparked Israel’s 2014 military operation in the Gaza Strip, at its leadership conference in College Park, Maryland, next week. Fraenkel will receive the Pamela Claman Leadership Award together with Lihi Lapid, a noted author, women’s rights advocate and wife of Yair Lapid. The JWRP said the award is given “to international role models who have significantly shaped the Jewish world with exceptional and inspired leadership.” Fraenkel became a symbol of hope and faith after her son’s kidnapping, declaring, “Prayer is worthy, no matter what the outcome,” and also speaking at the United Nations. Lori Palatnik, JWRP founding director, called Fraenkel and Lapid “true examples of Jewish women from diverse worlds.”
All for a good cause: Following the success of previous years, ESRA Netanya, the English Speaking Residents Association, is holding its third biennial fair. Ros Ben Ezra, a member of ESRA Netanya’s events committee, told Haaretz there would be some two dozen tables offering different crafts, a cake stall and an almost-new bargain stall, as well as a raffle with prizes. The former Australian who has lived in Israel for 40 years, said that people have donated jams, scarves and dolls to the cause. “All the proceeds go to ESRA Netanya to support a lot of projects, mostly for lower economic sections of the community,” she added. For more info on donating, selling or attending, committee member Jacqui Waterman (050) 721-5319.
Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.
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