Poverty is not a choice. Chesed is. Oneg Shabbos V’Yom Tov puts the pride of its recipients above all else. With discretion and sensitivity, Oneg Shabbos V’Yom Tov provides impoverished Israeli families with food for every day, Shabbos and Yomim Tovim. In addition, services have expanded to help widows and orphans celebrate their simchas with dignity. If a Yid is hungry, we feed them, no matter their traditions, ethnicity or beliefs. Oneg Shabos V’Yom Tov is here to ensure that every child can go to sleep smiling, and every parent can put their child to sleep with peace in their heart.
Every year, over 356,034 boxes of food are distributed. Each box is filled with more than just food. It’s filled with empathy, and an understanding of what it means to have to rely on others for basic sustenance.
Rabbi Ephraim Stern has become a household name in the streets of Eretz Yisroel. From Meah Shearim to Ashdod, the Satmar Chassid is beloved among communities of all kinds. Yet this empire of chesed has been a long time in the making. Brick by brick, Rabbi Ephraim slowly expanded Oneg Shabbos V’Yom Tov to the powerhouse it is today.
From its humble beginnings in Meah Shearim, Oneg Shabbos V’Yom Tov has expanded to service over 42 cities.
Before signing a purchase order, R’ Ephraim Stern will personally go down to a farm or plant and inspect the vendor’s product. Oneg Shabbos V’Yom Tov wants to ensure that recipients receive the best and don’t feel like they’re getting second-class products.
Families who live in poverty are used to fighting over the last slice or the best piece. Oneg Shabbos V’Yom Tov sends plenty to each family. No more bickering or hovering over basic foods, these families can enjoy meals in harmony.
A full stomach is a full heart. The effects of a smiling child is far reaching. Families have shared how their children have improved academically and socially once their hunger has subsided.
Breadwinners who keep worrying whether they will be able to purchase bread cannot put their best effort into looking for gainful employment or succeeding at work. Oneg Shabbos V’Yom Tov provides parents with the comforting knowledge that they will have food for their children. Reports show that over 20% of recipients have been able to provide for themselves and no longer needed help after only one year of service.