Yad LaKashish

Founded in 1962, Yad LaKashish provides stimulating work opportunities, a warm community environment,

and invaluable support services for 300 needy elderly and disabled Jerusalem residents. Almost all are

immigrants from the Former Soviet Union, Ethiopia, South America, and elsewhere, and from Israel’s

lowest socio-economic sector. 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.

The Workshops. Five days a week, participants arrive from around 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 craft and Judaica items which are then sold in

our gift-shop.

The work environment is tailored to suit the capacities and limitations of each person, emphasizing

acceptance of all individuals, regardless of their age and personal challenges they face. We are unique in

the expectations that we have for the elderly, in our unwavering belief in their talents and capabilities and

expectations that what they produce can meet the highest professional standards. By helping these needy

elderly to help themselves with dignity and self respect, Yad LaKashish uniquely restores their self -respect

and integrates them into wider society, and improves their quality of life and general health.

Support Services. The 300 elderly artisans at Yad LaKashish each receive a monthy 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 & morning snack,
  • subsidised dental care
  • monetary gifts for the Jewish holidays.
  • a free annual day-trip outside Jerusalem

Intergenerational Connections. 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 alongside the artisans and staff.

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