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Mishloach Manos in Montreal

C.B. Gavant

Have you started packing your mishloach manos yet? With two weeks left till Purim, most likely your mishloach manos are still in the planning stages. But in Montreal, Canada, a group of dedicated people start packing mishloach manos before Chanukah each year! These devoted volunteers are focused not just on fulfilling the mitzvah of distributing packages of food on Purim, but also on raising money for a tzedakah organization in Eretz Yisrael called Yad Eliezer. Read on to find out how it all came about.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

basketYad Eliezer was founded in 1980 when a devoted couple named the Weisels began packing food boxes in their living room to distribute to poor families in Yerushalayim. Today, over 3,500 families receive food packages each month, and Yad Eliezer has many other programs to help the poor, as well.

What does this have to do with Montreal and mishloach manos? The answer lies in a brainchild of Mrs. B. Maline, who met the Weisels when she was in seminary in Eretz Yisrael and volunteered for Yad Eliezer. A few years after she got married, Mrs. Maline decided to raise funds for Yad Eliezer in her new hometown, Montreal. The idea for a mishloach manos project came from a similar project she’d seen in Lakewood, where all proceeds went to a certain tzedakah. Mrs. Maline approached a friend of hers, Mrs. E. S. Gestetner, with the suggestion that they do the same.

With a lot of hard work and planning, the Montreal Yad Eliezer Mishloach Manos project was launched. Although the two women started small, 22 years ago, over the years it’s gotten bigger and bigger. 

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