Before the past year and a half, Yamikar’s family lived a simple life. Gathering for simple meals after work at Ben Gurion Airport — where the 43-year-old Ethiopian olim (immigrant) worked in the kitchen and her husband carried luggage — the couple and their six children gave thanks to God for giving them a home in the Holy Land, their biblical and historic homeland, where they can practice their Jewish faith during the High Holy Days and all year round.
But the ongoing pandemic cost Yamikar and her husband their jobs, making food hard to afford. “The situation has become unbearable. We hardly buy food,” she says. But that’s where we stepped in, delivering regular food boxes to this precious Jewish family, just as our faithful friends provide for other olim from Ethiopia, from the former Soviet Union, and from elsewhere, as well as struggling families, elderly Holocaust survivors, and other needy among God’s people.
That includes the boxes that will be delivered for the upcoming High Holy Days, boxes of food that not only mean Yamikar and her family can celebrate this sacred time with dignity, but that mean they will not have to worry where their next meal comes from. “We’re really helped by the food we get,” Yamikar tells us. “This is all that we have at the moment.”