Betel Receives Grant from MAZON Canada

In November and December, as part of the "J-Meals at Betel: Holiday & Shabbat Meal Programs for Jewish Seniors & Holocaust Survivors Experiencing Poverty" program, the Bernard Betel Centre hosted three intergenerational programs, including two Shabbat dinners and a Hanukkah J-Meal program. These programs were possible with the generous support and funding from MAZON Canada.

The programs served over 200 seniors and survivors that have suffered through the Holocaust, wars, gulags and other unthinkable hardships and atrocities, and they continue to suffer due to their financial challenges here in Toronto. Living day-to-day in poverty, these seniors benefit greatly from a free, kosher, nutritious, hot meal in a social environment that would reduce their isolation and nourish both the body and soul.

The meals were prepared by Betel's experienced kitchen staff and served by volunteers of all ages. While seniors were able to enjoy their meal in a friendly, safe and welcoming atmosphere, youth had the opportunity to give back and learn about the issues faced by impoverished Jewish seniors.

Thanks to the funding by MAZON Canada, these meal programs bring much-needed food to the most vulnerable of Jewish seniors and improves their quality of life by allowing them to feel included in the Jewish community and provides them with some of the nutrition that they so badly lack.

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