8 Ways to Show Israelis You Care, Purim Style

Tags: Causes, Purim, Holidays, Take Action, Jewish Unity

By Israel Forever

Purim is a special time in the Jewish calendar. It is a is time of celebration, joy, costumes and for some drinking too much. But it is also about the mitzvah of giving to others, giving back and increasing joy for our fellow Jew.

The mitzvah of giving mishloach manot derives from the Book of Esther. It is meant to ensure that everyone has enough food for the Purim feast held later in the day, and to increase love and friendship among Jews as a counter to Haman's assertion that the Jewish people are characterized by strife and disunity.

So today, thousands of years later, we still want to unify as Jews all over the world, and show Israelis we care. For Purim, Israel Forever would like to share with you, ways of giving a mishloach manot that can benefit the people of Israel, give back, and serve as a unique way of sharing our love, happiness and future together.

According to the Rambam: “gifts for the poor deserve more attention than the festive meal & gifts for friends because there is no greater, richer happiness than bringing joy to the hearts of needy people, orphans, widows and proselytes.”

Not just about sweet treats, these baskets are full of strength, unity and charity!

Check out this year’s featured favorite ways of giving Mishloach Manot, Matanot L'Evyonim, or just some love and joy for Purim.


Organization: The American Zionist Movement (AZM) is comprised of 27 national Jewish Zionist organizations and works across a broad ideological, political and religious spectrum linking the American Jewish community together in support of Israel, Zionism and the Jewish people. For nearly 30 years the “Purim Connection” program of the American Zionist Movement (AZM) has helped maintain our personal ties to the people and land of Israel by providing Mishloach Manot packages to those living in Eretz Yisrael.

Mishloach Manot: This year AZM’s Purim Connection will be providing Mishloach Manot packages to some of the more than 200,000 Israelis displaced from their homes after 10/7. These evacuees, many of whom are families with children, from Southern and Northern border communities are still living in hotels and temporary housing throughout Israel.will be providing Mishloach Manot packages to some of the more than 200,000 Israelis displaced from their homes after 10/7. These evacuees, many of whom are families with children, from Southern and Northern border communities are still living in hotels and temporary housing throughout Israel.

A single Purim basket costs $18. Please consider a gift of at least $180, so as to gift as many as possible to these families that can use some uplifting. 

2. YAD EZRA V’SHULAMIT: Bring Purim Joy to Orphans and Widows This Year

Organization: Yad Ezra V’Shulamit addresses the needs of impoverished families, regardless of religious affiliation, ethnicity, age, and location of residence. They distribute 3,000 food baskets every week, and 15,000 more during holiday seasons. The children who attend Yad Ezra V’Shulamit Children’s Centers are provided with a nutritious meal, academic tutoring, and an enriching social environment.

Mishloach Manot: Purim is hard for poor children. It's painful to watch their friends have fun with bags full of treats, while they just wish for a simple meal at home to fill their empty stomachs. Yad Ezra V'Shulamit provides needy families with a food basket filled with groceries including grape juice, chicken, challah, fruits and vegetables. Help ensure no child in Israel is hungry on Purim.

Yad Ezra is organizing a special Purim for widows and orphans. Your donation will ensure these families experience true Purim joy with Mishloach Manot, a banquet, food vouchers, and more. You can also choose to give your donation as Matanot Le’Evyonim, to be distributed as cash to needy individuals on Purim itself.

3. TORAT REVA: Supporting elderly people in Jerusalem.

Organization: Torat Reva Yerushalayim provides Torah study groups for the elderly residents of southern Jerusalem in nursing homes, senior centers and assisted living communities. Along with their classes, they publish a weekly Dvar Torah available on the web or via email called Parsha Points, have special events in the Jerusalem area and offer a unique Bat-Mitzvah Program for women of all ages.

Mishloach Manot: Torat Reva Yerushalayim will hand deliver packages to the neglected elderly of Jerusalem, for many the only gifts they will receive. The packages will include healthy snacks, gifts and Purim treats. The goal: to prepare at least 300 packages, and bring them to six different nursing homes!

A donation of $18 covers one package, $180 covers packages for an entire floor of a nursing home. And for $54, you can send a Mishloach Manot basket to soldiers protecting Jerusalem.

4. LEKET ISRAEL: Support needy families by salvaging unused food.

Organization: Founded in 2003, Leket Israel serves as the country's largest food bank and food rescue network actively working to alleviate the problem of nutritional insecurity among Israel's diverse population. Statistics reveal that a quarter of Israel’s 7.7 million citizens (1.9 million people) are living in poverty; among them are some 850,000 hungry children. Leket Israel serves all population groups at-risk in Israel regardless of gender, ethnic background, or religion.

Mishloach Manot: This Purim, help Leket Israel salvage food for Israel's poor and send Purim greetings.  Leket is selling printed and e-cards for Purim, that you can send to and share with your loved ones while helping their amazing cause.

5. YAD ELIEZER: Providing primary economic and social service programs to at risk families.

Organization: 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. Soon, they were 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 is one of Israel's Largest Poverty Relief Agencies whose mandate is to help families cope with financial difficulties and empower them to break the cycle of poverty and achieve self-sufficiency. We Make a Difference. So Can You.

Mishloach Manot: Purim is fast approaching and most families are making plans for sumptuous meals. Yet in Israel, thousands will open their refrigerators on Purim to find the shelves empty just like on every other day. Yad Eliezer believes that every Jew deserves to celebrate Purim with joy. You can buy mishloach manot cards online starting from just $3, while helping bring a proper Purim seudah to families throughout Israel.

6. THE ZDAKA CENTER: Supporting local Jewish causes through Matanot L’evyonim.

Organization: Zdaka Center is an exclusively online Tzedakah web site. They offer the opportunity to contribute to important Jewish causes and charities in Israel from the comfort of your own home.

Matanot l’Evyonim: This year, Zdaka center will be distributing the Matanot l'Evyonim (gifts to the poor) to needy families out of Jerusalem on Purim and in Jerusalem on Shushan Purim (as Jerusalem uniquely celebrates Shushan Purim) so any donation, no matter what the size, would be greatly appreciated. A generous donation of $18 will sponsor one decent Purim meal.

7. MIGDAL OHR: Providing support for Israel's orphaned, neglected, and at-risk children and youth.

Organization: Migdal Ohr was founded in 1972 by Israel Prize Laureate Rabbi Yitzchak David Grossman.

Migdal Ohr means “tower of light” in Hebrew and is a network of programs that cares for over 10,000 orphaned and underprivileged children every year.
By getting involved, YOU are giving Jewish children the essentials, education, and empowerment they need to become successful adults and leaders in Israeli society.

Purim E-Cards: Send customizable Purim e-cards from Migdal Ohr to your friends and family, and spread the message and encourage Matanot L'evyonim, and help make a difference while supporting this important cause.

8. ZICHRON MENACHEM: Supporting Israeli children fighting cancer and their families.

Organization: Zichron Menachem was founded in 1990 by Chaim and Miri Ehrental after their oldest child, Menachem, died of leukaemia at the age of 15. 

Zichron Menachem has developed into Israel’s leading provider of support services to children with cancer and their families, providing support for any person in Israel under the age of 25 living with cancer, as well as their parents and siblings.
Families of all religions and backgrounds turn to Zichron Menachem for the help they need most, be it information, a second opinion from the “clinic of hope”, or a break from the punishing routine of medical appointments.
Zichron Menachem works closely with Israel’s leading medical professionals, who strongly believe that no child can be treated comprehensively without the support they provide.

Mishloach Manot Cards: What better way to celebrate Purim than with Mishloach Manot Cards from Zichron Menachem? Your donation for cards goes to children battling cancer in Israel. (Note: Purchase form is in Hebrew)


More Ways to Show Israelis You Care

Israel Forever is proud to present Purim ecards to support the Healing Arts Mosaics program. This program, through the therapeutic art of mosaics, has already made an impact on hundreds of displaced families across Israel.

Each card purchased allows us to continue this meaningful program.


 This ecard campaign supports programming and is a way of sharing Purim joy with your friends and family while also impacting the lives of Israelis in crisis. The campaign proceeds are NOT considered Matanot L'Evyonim.


Make a difference in the lives of Israelis today!

Tags: Causes, Purim, Holidays, Take Action, Jewish Unity