Shavuot Care Packages | Dairy Distribution

Distribution of dairy product kits for the holiday

The Shavuot holiday is fast approaching, and some have already started cooking the delicious dairy dishes that will adorn the holiday tables. Quiches, cheesecakes, cheese pastries, gratins, etc. On the one hand, freezers are filling up, but on the other hand, in thousands of families, the refrigerators are still desperately empty. The prices of dairy products have recently increased again, and the mere act of buying yellow cheese has become a luxury.

 

This year again, Chasdei Naomi has launched a large-scale distribution campaign of complete dairy product kits, to allow the most underprivileged to celebrate the holiday joyfully. The Beit Shemesh police school has joined us to pack and distribute the kits at the homes of Holocaust survivors and the elderly

What does the Shavuot kit distributed by Chasdei Naomi contain?

Milk and chocolate milk, pots of fresh cream, yogurts and dessert creams, white cheese, cottage cheese, yellow cheese and feta to prepare dishes such as quiches or gratins, butter cookies and milk chocolate bars to make delicious desserts, and a traditional cheesecake, the must-have of the Shavuot holiday. There is something for everyone, from the youngest to the oldest. Hundreds of kits have been packed and distributed.

We were full of surprises

On the day of the distribution in Beit Shemesh, we had the privilege of celebrating the 100th birthday of Yitzhak Gerstner, a Holocaust survivor. He is the grandfather of Police Commander Tal Azoulay, who helped us, with his officers, during the packing and distribution. Mr. Gerstner was born in Germany in 1924. When he was 8 years old, Hitler came to power and life took a turn. In 1936, at the age of 11, he was expelled from school in his hometown and had to flee with his family. Most of his family members perished during the Holocaust.

Koby, Yitzhak’s son and Tal’s uncle, recounted in a choked voice: “When my father was a little boy in Poland, he was very sick, and when the doctor came, his parents were told that he had to undergo a very complex operation. His father then consulted a respected rabbi, who was also a kabbalist. He looked into books of Kabbalah and said that Yitzhak did not need to be operated on and that he would live until the age of 102. And here he is, he has reached the age of 100.”

The police school students also packed fruits and vegetables for the Holocaust survivors of Beit Shemesh. Within an hour, the latter arrived to pick up their packages and left with a full cart, overflowing with fresh fruits and vegetables – tomatoes, potatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, cherries, apricots… and delicious dairy products.

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