() is the oldest continuously-operating charity
. Founded in 1788, Colel Chabad runs a network of soup kitchens
and food banks
, dental and medical clinics, daycare centers
, widow and orphan support, and immigrant assistance programs. It also provides interest-free loans
, camp scholarships, career training and job placement, subsidized weddings for the poor, and many other social-welfare projects.
Colel Chabad was founded by the first Lubavitcher Rebbe
, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi
, and was headed by each Lubavitcher Rebbe thereafter. It is also known as the charity of Rabbi Meir Ba'al HaNes
. Its current director is Rabbi Sholom Duchman.
In 2005 Colel Chabad ranked #117 among the top Canadian
registered charities by expenditures outside Canada, with $2,623,290 in expenditures.
Colel Chabad presently operates 19 soup kitchens in Israel: 3 in Jerusalem
, 3 in Safed
, 4 in Ashdod
, 4 in Lod
, and one each in Ashkelon
, and Yerucham
. One of the Jerusalem soup kitchens is located directly opposite the Western Wall
A Meals on Wheels
program delivers 1,500 meals daily to the homebound, sick and elderly through five kitchens nationwide.
The charity's food banks, constituting Israel's largest food-bank network, distribute crates of foodstuffs... Read More