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Kupat Ha'ir – The Tzedakah of the Gedolei Hador Kupat Ha'ir is the largest volunteer based charity fund supported by Jews worldwide. Kupat Ha'ir is the lifeline for thousands of needy. With offices in Israel, the U.S., Canada and throughout Europe.
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Onetime support

Kupat Ha'ir has a special "one-time support" program intended to extricate families who face a tough situation where one-time assistance will prevent further slippage down the steep slope of dependency. Sometimes a family that is just barely making ends meet encounters a sudden, unexpected expense that causes them to fall into a vicious whirlpool of debt. Sometimes a family suffers a tzarah that makes it temporarily impossible for the family breadwinner to support the family. Years of experience in the field has shown us we that many families living off charity today would have been able to manage on their own had a compassionate hand been extended to them during the initial moments of difficulty and prevented the crisis. Kupat Ha'ir is that compassionate hand. One million shekels each month are devoted to large, one-time stipends. Kupat Ha'ir's policy of careful verification and investigation are applied here, too, and only families where it is clear such assistance will be effective receive the aforementioned support.

Since Kupat Ha'ir's establishment, many people have been helped by one-time stipends. Many of them are now on the other side of the fence, ardent supporters of Kupat Ha'ir in their own right.

True stories
One-Time Depression When Kupat Ha'ir's social staff entered the L family house after repeated calls from the L's neighbors, they were shocked beyond belief. The staff has seen numerous dysfunctional households over the years, but this beat anything they had ever come across before. The floor was littered with all kinds of objects, from moldy food to clothing, toys and pictures. The mother had fallen into a depression and the father was trying desperately to find her help. There was no food at home and no one to serve it.

Soon the staff learned the reason for the mother's depression. The family had no washing machine and the kitchen was black with mold. How could a woman living with such conditions not be depressed? Kupat Ha'ir mobilized to provide swift aid: the kitchen was renovated and made usable again. A washing machine was purchased. A cleaning woman was hired and worked on the house for a full week in order to make it look like a home again. At that point, the oldest girl in the family managed to run the house until the mother slowly began to function again. Had Kupat Ha'ir failed to take action, the children would surely have suffered emotional scars and been sent away to institutions. The parents would have been living off charity to this day. The entire family would have lost its future.

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