About Yad LaKashish
“Do not cast me off in old age; when my strength fails, do not forsake me!" - Psalms 71:9
Organization’s Goals and Objectives
Founded in 1962, Yad LaKashish provides stimulating work opportunities, a warm community environment, and invaluable support services for hundreds of needy elderly from Jerusalem, many of whom are physically challenged. They all part of Israel`s lowest socio-economic sector, and the majority are immigrants from the Former Soviet Union, Ethiopia and South America.
Yad LaKashish strives to understand and meet the needs of this unique, aging population, valuing each individual's background while empowering every participant with new skills and a strong sense of purpose. By creating an inspirational environment infused with dignity and respect, Yad LaKashish simultaneously supports the old and educates the young.
Five days a week, participants arrive from all over Jerusalem to enjoy the comfortable, yet dynamic atmosphere that fills each of our twelve workshops, which include bookbinding, needlework, ceramics, silk-painting, metalwork, and more. The elderly artisans receive on-the-job training and supervision, enabling them to produce beautiful, high-quality hand- made crafts and Judaica items, which are then sold in our gift-shop.
The work environment is tailored to suit the capacities and limitations of each elderly person, emphasizing acceptance of all individuals, regardless of their age and the personal challenges they face. We are unique in our unwavering belief in the talents, capabilities of our elderly participants, so that what they produce can meet the highest professional standards. By helping the needy elderly to help themselves, Yad LaKashish restores their self–respect, improves their quality of life and general health, and re integrates them into wider society.
Additional Benefits- Direct Support Services
The 300 elderly artisans at Yad LaKashish receive a monthly stipend for their work. In addition, they benefit from a wide range of social and economic services, including
- a free monthly bus pass,
- a free daily hot meal and morning snack,
- subsidized dental care
- monetary gifts for the Jewish holidays.
- a free annual day-trip outside Jerusalem
Thousands of visitors of all ages from around the world come to Yad LaKashish every year to meet the elderly artisans and witness tzedakah in action. Yad LaKashish endeavors to create a meeting ground for the young and old, where they can interact with and learn from one another. Yad LaKashish also enjoys a steady flow of volunteers – from schoolchildren to pensioners – who work beside the artisans and staff.