Before all the major Chagim, our recipients look forward to our renowned Yom Tov hampers which burst with dry-goods, groceries, chickens, vegetables and an abundance of traditional foods – which are particular for that festival.
Our costs rise considerably over these periods and we run dedicated campaigns to raise the additional funds necessary to enable us to provide our recipients with the extra hampers.
Many contributing donors find this form of Tzedakah to be an an extension of their own festive meal which is an extremely rewarding experience.
This is a unique project, in that it involves all the children from the Jewish Day Schools in Johannesburg, in the Mitzvot of Tzedakah and Chesed, in a tangible and meaningful way. Our ‘Bayit’ houses a very popular dry-goods Supermarket, which our recipient families shop in (at no cost to them), and with thanks to Chesed from the Garden of Eden, the donations from school children keep the shelves well-stocked, throughout the year. The project is the brain-child of Morris Behr and we are extremely fortunate to have Adrienne Hersch Properties and Chatz Cellular as sponsors of this initiative. BUY NOW
Our Weekly Food Hampers – which we currently provide to 640 families – remain Yad Aharon & Michael’s core project. The logistics around the ordering, packing and distributing is a monumental task which is carried out each and every week with precision, care and sensitivity. We always strive to ensure that the food parcels are of the highest nutritional value; and that they are visually palatable, colourful and varied. DONATE NOW
This project was established in the memory of Natanel Feigenbaum (z’l), a 15 year old child who was tragically taken from us in the prime of his life. We are honoured to commemorate such a special soul with this meaningful project which is his legacy.Once a month we pack dry goods hampers for our recipient families with children of school going age. These lunchbox hampers (often referred to as “happiness in a box”) comprise of items such as tuna, cheese, biscuits, cereal bars, crisps, pretzels and many other treats, thereby relieving the stress felt by Moms when they pack their children’s lunchboxes. DONATE NOW
In our on-going quest to ensure nutritional security for our recipient families, we embarked on another innovative and much needed project: “Yad’s Soup for the Soul”. Our Soup Kitchen serves wholesome, delicious soup, coupled with sandwiches/pies/sweet treats and more. Recipients enjoy their time with us, relaxing and mingling in the nurturing ambiance which has become synonymous with “Yaddies”. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and the dedication of our volunteers, our varied menus nourish the mind, body and soul. DONATE NOW
For most of our recipient families, chickens for Shabbos are an unaffordable “treat”. When Gerald Rosenberg, lovingly known as “the Chicken Man” and an ardent supporter of our cause, passed away on 20 Cheshvan 5774, we decided to establish this project as a tribute to a man whose Ahavas Chesed resonates so deeply with Yad Aharon & Michael’s essence. This project runs on donations from the public and the monies are then used to buy chickens to give to our recipient families specifically for use on Shabbos. DONATE NOW
Before all the major Chagim, our recipients look forward to our renowned Yom Tov hampers which burst with dry-goods, groceries, chickens, vegetables and an abundance of traditional foods – which are particular for that festival. Our costs rise considerably over these periods and we run dedicated campaigns to raise the additional funds necessary to enable us to provide our recipients with the extra hampers. Many contributing donors find this form of Tzedakah to be an an extension of their own festive meal which is an extremely rewarding experience. DONATE NOW
In as much as Yad Aharon & Michael focuses primarily on the needs of our own Jewish community, we are not oblivious to the dire circumstances of the countless number of desperate South Africans whos day to day survival is a relentless struggle. Our various Outreach Programmes, therefore, are not only an opportunity to network with other NPO’s who share our mission of alleviating poverty in our midst, but they also enable us to, in turn, fulfil the Mitzvah of Chesed by touching the lives of those whose predicament seems infinitely more desperate than our own. The gratitude with which our programmes are met is truly limitless. The initiator of this project, our MD Alice Friedman has definitely succeeding at bringing a ray of hope to many desperate folk. DONATE NOW