As the month of Nissan approaches, many families within this community are faced with the daunting prospect of Pesach expenses that are simply beyond their means. The existence of poverty within the community is an experience that our Sages were acutely aware of. Indeed, the Shulchan Aruch notes the long-established custom of our forebears to provide for the Pesach needs of the less fortunate amongst us (Maot Chittin or Kimcha D'Pischa).

The Melbourne Jewish Communcity Charity Fund (MJCF) has distributed funds to all corners of the community for over 25 years and is now the single largest provider of non-aged welfare to the Melbourne Jewish Community. Run by a group of honorary laypeople, the MJCF prides itself on the fact that over 95% of donor monies assist our recipients. Well over one million dollars in welfare is distributed annually.This appeal will provide assistance to over 220 families specifically for Pesach. The funds will also be utilised to support our various subsidy programs (rent, utilities, food etc.) that provide year round welfare to over 350 families.

"however one who locks the doors of his courtyard, and (fulfills the letter of the law insofar as) he and his children and wife eat & drink, but who does not provide food and drinks to the poor and dejected, this is not a celebration of the mitzvah, but merely a celebration of his own stomach..." Rambam, Hilchot Yom Tov,

Wishing you and your family a Pesach Kasher V'Sameach. B'Virchat Shalom,

Yitzchak Feiglin
CHAIRMAN, MJCF
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