A Taste of Kindness

A Taste of Kindness

Who will cook meals for the family when the mother is anchored to her sick child’s bedside? And what happens when the mother herself is hospitalized? * The answer lies in the kitchens of Ezer Mizion volunteers and in the industrial kitchens that the organization runs * “No caterer could bring us such wonderful meals,” the families assert. They feel that these meals not only strengthen their body, but also their spirit*
Malky Ben Shlomo
The truck driver looked in wonder at the address he had written down. He already dropped off merchandise today at the kitchen of a popular wedding hall and at the doorway of a busy restaurant. But what was the meaning of this address – Ezer Mizion? Why would this organization need such huge amounts of basic foodstuffs?
While unloading the merchandise, he expressed his surprise to the kitchen worker, and soon enough, he learned that indeed, Ezer Mizion also extends its command over catering services – for patients and their families, and also for elderly people who have no one to cook even one hot meal a week for them.
Righteous women from the community dedicate valuable resources – time and money – to prepare meals in their home and Ezer Mizion takes care of delivering them to the right addresses.
But that’s not all. The truck driver had the right address. The enormous load of ingredients would be turned into many, many delectable meals at Ezer Mizion’s industrial kitchens.
Chessed Wagon
But that’s not all. Early in the morning, before the hot meals get to the hospitals and reach the oncology outpatients who come to receive their chemotherapy and radiation, the patients are already greeted by Ezer Mizion’s “Kindness Wagon,” offering them hot drinks and homemade cakes baked by women in the community. The heavily-laden carts sweeten, if only a bit, the grueling, daily routine of these patients and their families. Inside each of these cakes lies a piece of heart – the heart of a devoted woman who volunteered to prepare the baked goods. “Cake with a taste of home is the diametric opposite of the hospital,” describes Gitty, who is there with her sick sister. “No bought pastry could compete with what the “Kindness Wagon” offers, because these cakes are baked to bring us a bit of happiness and ease our journey of pain.”
But that’s not all. Every evening at six, the kitchen at the Ezer Mizion Jerusalem branch sends out sandwiches to hospitals for those who have enjoyed the main meal that was sent at lunchtime and now face a long night ahead with no real food.
But that’s not all. At midnight, another sandwich distribution takes place.
But that’s not all. The Bnei Brak branch also gives out night-time treats three times a week at Tel Hashomer’s oncology ward: Ice cream and watermelon, cheese blintzes with fruit, and on Thursday nights – cholent and a roll.
But that’s not all. Forty women suffering from mental illness receive structured employment at one of the kitchens where they learn to rejoin their communities.
Yossi is a classic example of those benefiting from Ezer Mizion’s food distribution. One day he came home from school, opened the door to his home, and , blushing with embarrassment, he ran out, certain that he had entered the wrong apartment. But he hadn’t. It was his older sister who was serving a hot meal, the first they had had in months, to the family. Yossi’s teachers commented on the difference in his behavior. He participated. He cooperated. Regular meals made all the difference in a family whose Mommy was in and out of hospitals.
Special food needs, snacks for the kids, individually packed portions for the elderly-like an indulgent grandmother, Ezer Mizion tries to fill every need.

Yehuda Cohen, uncle of the famous groom Refael Mordechai Bunim ben Shulamit n”y
Road accidents are a national epidemic, occurring almost every day, to our sorrow. An yet, due to the surrounding circumstances, that particular accident was branded into the public’s consciousness, because the one who was injured was the son-in-law-to-be of a known public figure, MK Rabbi Yaakov Asher. He was scheduled to get married a month and a half after the accident.
Yehuda Cohen, the groom’s uncle, relives those days
“Right after the accident, I was with Mordechai and his parents in the hospital. I don’t have to describe the panic, the tension, and the anxiety that enveloped us during those hours. Then, in the midst of the terrible confusion, like angels from Heaven, the Ezer Mizion volunteers appeared and started taking care of everything you could think of – and everything you couldn’t. ..
“An hour went by and another. The late night hours turned into early morning, and we were still there, frightened, worried, trying to make some order in the confusion and to prepare ourselves for what awaited us. When the sandwiches from Ezer Mizion arrived, I looked at them in disbelief.
“Baruch Hashem, those days are behind us. Refael Mordechai recovered completely, and we were privileged to dance at his wedding, which was especially moving. Today, looking back, I have no words to thank Ezer Mizion. All I can do is to bless them from the bottom of my heart: May there be many like you among the Jewish people!”


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