About Us

Combating Poverty

Yad Eliezer is Israel's Largest Poverty Relief Agency. We Make a Difference. So Can You.

Yad Eliezer began in 1980 in the kitchen of the Weisel family of Jerusalem. They prepared a food basket for a neighbor who could not feed her children, and were soon delivering monthly food baskets to hungry families. Yad Eliezer has now grown to encompass nineteen primary economic and social service programs that impact tens of thousands of individuals.

Yad Eliezer's scrupulous management and cadre of over 12,000 volunteers enables the organization to maintain limited overhead and administrative expenses. Indeed, over 96% of funds raised go directly to needy families. This achievement has earned Yad Eliezer the coveted "4-Star Exceptional" rating from Charity Navigator, which rates organizations based on how effectively and responsibly they utilize donations, and to what extent the charity is growing in terms of programs and services.

Yad Eliezer's mandate is to help families cope with financial difficulties and to empower them to break through the cycle of poverty and achieve self-sufficiency. Thanks to job training and other assistance, many families who were recipients of Yad Eliezer's food programs are now donors to Yad Eliezer. All this is made possible through the donations of caring individuals around the world –individuals like you.

Facts and Figures 2012

  • 20,000 Families recieved Assistance
  • $24 million 2011 Annual Budget
  • Over 12,000 Yad Eliezer volunteers
  • 4,500 Families receiving monthly food
  • 1,800 Babies receiving monthly formula
  • 6,000 Families receiving surplus produce
  • 1,000 Individuals receiving meals-on-wheels
  • 9,000 Families receiving holiday food
  • 4,500 Children in the Big Brother/Sister Program
  • 400 Students in Shalhevet program
  • 170 Individuals enrolled in Job Training
  • 10,000 Visits for Patients at Dental Clinics
  • 650 Adopt-a-Wedding Twinning Celebrations
  • 350 Kol Kallah Certificaters
  • 83 Bar Mitzva Twinning Celebrations