It’s all systems go at Oneg Shabbos V’Yom Tov and last minute preparations are well underway for the 5777 Pre-Pesach Market – a market unlike any other, which will take place this week in Yerushalayim and Beit Shemesh when designated streets will be closed off to traffic and transformed into open air markets, combining the essence of chessed with the mitzvah of Kimcha D’Pischa.
Askanim and volunteers worked tirelessly in their modest headquarters processing all the lists well in advance, providing the individualized Yom Tov package to abundantly meet each of the more than 12,000 recipient families’ needs. Each family has already received their personalized vouchers in a discreet manner, together with all the pertinent information for pickup.
The Pre-Pesach Market 5777 is fully stocked for more than 12,000 food packages consisting of a more than a ton of meat and chicken, 30,000 pounds of Matzos, over 100,000 bottles of wine and grape juice from Italy for Kiddush and Arba Kosos, close to 2 million eggs and seven hundred thousand kilo of fruits and vegetables, and much much more
Families arrive at the market where there is an upbeat atmosphere as they pass the individual distributions points with their shopping carts and load the handpicked top-quality Pesach provisions and produce, in exchange for their individual vouchers which are the “currency” of this unique market.
Finally the “customer’s” voucher envelope is empty and his shopping cart is overflowing with everything his family needs to guarantee a joyful, worry-free Yom Tov. The calm, dignified, relaxed atmosphere truly makes a difference. The emotions written on the faces of the “customers” who pour into the pedestrian market attest to the tremendous impact on their lives. The reaction of joy, relief and tears of gratitude is frequently displayed openly, as families load their shopping into the vans and taxis that are lined up to transport the “shopper” and his provisions home.
Make your donation now, and as you sit down to the Seder with your families you will have the zechus of having fulfilled Kol Dichfin as you envision the family that you have sponsored having oneg Yom Tov in Eretz Yisroel and may we all be zoche to L’Shana Habaah B’Yerushalayim.