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BLOGS and Testimonials

Jewish Community Youth Foundation supports Leket Israel
Many thanks to the Jewish Community Youth Foundation for their ongoing support of Leket Israel. Lauren Yoked, Director of American Friends of Leket Israel, was honored to be a part of the annual awards ceremony and to accept a donation to Leket Israel through the generosity of The Ricky and Andre...

JValley - News from Israel
JVALLEY NEWS/BLOG - July 14, 2014. ''We had an incredible site visit on Sunday with Leket who is Israel’s food bank much like Second Harvest. The only difference is that Leket has a very unique model in that it provides fresh fruits and vegetables from farmers who do not want their crops.'' Read...

Joseph Gitler (’92) Among JPost Top 50 Most Influential Jews
YESHIVA UNIVERSITY MTA NEWS - July 3, 2014. Joseph Gitler, Manhattan Talmudical Academy (MTA) class of 1992, founder of Leket Israel, is featured in the Jerusalem Post as one of the fifty most influential Jews of 2014.

Sixty One Days Blog - ''Working the Land''
Sixty One Days Blog - June 6, 2014. ''Today, my children and husband and I worked in the fields – and picked produce from the land and are spending the next two nights with Ivan’s 'kibbutz family' on Kibbutz Amia’ad in the Northern Galil. I can’t quite explain what it means to share this experi...

Challah Covers Made for Leket Israel on Chesed Day
Students from Ben Porat Yosef (BPY) in Paramus, NJ worked on a variety of charitable projects during Chesed Day, coordinated by Areyvut. Challah covers were made for the beneficiaries of Leket Israel, The National Food Bank. Read on for more, or view the photo gallery from the event.

8th Graders Participate in Service Learning with Leket Israel
April 2, 2014. ''The culmination of a Rodeph Sholom School student’s experience is the 8th Grade trip to Israel in June...The Class of 2014 will be participating in a community service project in Israel with Leket, where they will pick fruits and vegetables on a farm to be sent to a soup kitchen....

NICE Systems Volunteer at Leket Israel Logistics Center
The lovely and dedicated staff members of NICE Systems recently came to sort vegetables at Leket Israel's Ra'anana Logistics Center. Thank you NICE for volunteering with Leket Israel. We look forward to greeting them again soon!

Shaarei Tefillah Congregation in Toronto
This past Yom Ha'atzmaut, Rabbi Rafi Lipner and the Shaarei Tefillah Congregation in Toronto, decided to celebrate Yom Ha'atzmaut a bit differently than usual, making Israel's Independence Day an inspiring and meaningful event. The congregation was educated about Israel and the work that Leket ...

Mitzvot, Machines and Munitions
KITAH HET ISRAEL JOURNAL Blog - May 7, 2014. ''After taking the opportunity to do Tefillot on the beach, we began our day's touring with a mitzvah - by picking potatoes that go to underprivileged families. It was all part of an organization called Leket. The organization makes sure that people p...

66 years of food insecurity
TIMES OF ISRAEL - May 5, 2014. Blogger Gidi Kroch, CEO of Leket Israel, discusses the problem of food waste in Israel. ''Thirty percent of food worldwide and in Israel is destroyed even before it gets to someone’s plate. This destruction is not only inclusive of the food itself but of all the res...

United Hebrew Congregation's Israel Blog
UNITED HEBREW CONGREGATION Blog - May 4, 2014. ''This morning we had the opportunity to work with Leket and get our hands dirty with the soil of Israel. We helped feed the poor by gathering potatoes in a large field.'' Read the full blog post here:

My new appreciation for Turnips
MIRIAMSFOODFORTHOUGHT Blog - ''One highlight of the trip was an excursion to a farming area where we volunteered for an organization called Leket. They are the largest food rescue organization in Israel and help get food to those in need there. In our case we traveled to the outskirts of Rehovot ...

Lipton and Leket
BETH SHALOM News - April 2014. ''Diana Lipton, former teacher, service leader and member of Beth Shalom, and now living in Israel, has joined with the food charity Leket in a new project to provide a recipe for every Torah portion.'' Read on for more:

Jews Cruise ''Rage Against Hunger'' to benefit Leket Israel
MARCH 2014 - Hillel and AEPi Jewish Fraternity present: Jews’ Cruise – Rage Against Hunger. This year’s Cruise will raise funds for the non-profit organization, Leket, Israel’s national food bank and largest food rescue network. Set sail with Northeastern Hillel and AEPi on April 10th! Read on f...

Mitzvot from the Heart: Julian Albright
ST LOUIS JEWISH LIGHT - March 19, 2014. ''Volunteering with Leket, on a recent trip to Israel, inspired Julian’s mitzvah project. That particular day his family was on a large farm picking tomatoes. Seeing how much was left on the plants that would otherwise go to waste, Julian felt someone shoul...

Tikun Olam Bar Mitzvah Album
Sam Goldberg and Joshua Levine, 7th graders who attend the Moriah School in Bergen County, NJ recently created a music album, titled “Tikun Olam” to benefit Leket Israel - The National Food Bank whereby people contribute to Leket Israel in honor of Sam and Josh’s Bar Mitzvahs and gain access to d...

Yeshiva University Alumni ClassNotes
Joseph Gitler '92YUHS received Nefesh B'Nefesh’s Inaugural Bonei Zion (Builders of Zion) award for ''encapsulating the spirit of modern-day Zionism by contributing in a significant way towards the State of Israel'' for establishing Israel’s National Food Bank, Leket Israel (www.leket.org/english).

Ta'am Yisrael students and staff pick clementines with Leket Israel
The Community Foundation for Jewish Education - Blog: ''Leket (Food harvesting for the hungry): How many clementines can 200 Ta'am Yisrael students and staff pick in two days? Prepare to be amazed: Nearly 6 tons! The staff at Leket, an Israeli anti-hunger program, told us that the results of our...

Making Miracles - Shira Sebban
SHIRA SEBBAN Blog - ''Our children’s Jewish Day School encourages students to participate in a Mitzvah Project...Our son chose to support Leket Israel, the National Food Bank and leading food rescue network, for which we also volunteered during our visit, gleaning beets for distribution to the ne...

The Karma Foundation supports Leket Israel
THE KARMA FOUNDATION - Feb. 2014. The Karma Foundation funds organizations that work to provide food to people in need around the world. Leket Israel is one of those organization's proud to be a recipient of the Foundation's strategic support. Thank you - The Karma Foundation!

We're off to do mitzvot!
Yavneh Academy Early Childhood Blog - Jan. 27, 2014. ''At Yavneh Academy, we model and teach about the importance of doing mitzvot. During our mid-winter break, we have many opportunities to do many mitzvot out of school..[Among them,]...check out some of our yeladim ...picking fruit for Leket Is...

Sandy and Mel volunteer with Project Leket
WINTER IN ISRAEL Blog: ''After lunch, we boarded the bus to go south to help with Project Leket. This is a project run through a 10 year old organization, Leket, meaning gleaning, collects produce from orchards and distributes it to the needy throughout Israel. Nachama, our representative from...

Feed Israel's Needy
TEMPLE B'NAI TIKVAH: Leket Israel, Israel’s National Food Bank addresses the paradox of nutritional insecurity and large scale food waste in Israel by rescuing excess food from 1,000 food producers for distribution to140,000+ needy Israelis on a weekly basis. For each $1 received, Leket Israel re...

Bonei Zion Winner: Congratulations Joseph Gitler!
BEIT ISSIE SHAPIRO - Feb. 2014. ''Beit Issie Shapiro congratulates our friend, Joseph Gitler, founder and chairman of the national food bank, Leket Israel, on winning the Bonei Zion Prize. This award recognizes outstanding English-speaking immigrants who encapsulate the spirit of modern-day Zio...

CAARI and Project Leket
CAARI program in Israel: Monday, January 27, 2014. CAARI volunteers picked over 1,000 pounds of clementines (type of citrus fruit), for Leket Israel, Israel's National Food Bank. View photos here:

Purim Cards benefit Leket Israel
For the 2nd year in a row, Netivot HaTorah's Parents’ Association has teamed up with Israel’s largest food bank, Leket Israel. When you purchase a Netivot Purim card, a portion of every sale will be donated to Leket Israel as a commitment to our values as Netivot parents.

Bnai Jeshurun Purim Campaign Supports Leket
PURIM 5774: Through B'nai Jeshurun's BGenerous, BJoyous! Purim campaign, the congregation this year is introducing an online database, HappyPurim.com, for sending Mishloah Manot wishes to friends in the local community. HappyPurim.com is used by a variety of synagogues and schools to help stream...

''Dry Bones'' Blog
THE DRY BONES BLOG - Jan. 21, 2014. ''Leket Israel founder Joseph Gitler was recognized for his organization’s community and nonprofit achievements distributing discarded food to approximately 140,000 needy people each week...The recipients of the newly launched Bonei Zion Prize were chosen by a...

Temple Emanu-El welcomes Leket Director
TEMPLE EMANU-EL of SARASOTA - Oct. 2013. On a recent visit to Sarasota, Florida, American Friends of Leket Israel Director, Lauren Yokèd, participated in a Mediteranean Luncheon and Shabbat evening services with the Temple Emanu-El community. Lauren discussed the hunger problem in Israel and ho...

Open to Israel Blog: A Meaningful Morning and More
''Last month, we were invited to our Canadian friends’ daughter’s bat mitzvah. It was a three-part celebration with different invitations and groupings for each. The Torah reading in Jerusalem was for family only, but Philippe, Daniella, Simone and I were invited to the party on the rooftop of a ...

Open to Israel Blog: Getting Our Hands Dirty
''There is something powerful about digging in the dirt, plucking food from the ground that will be cooked and served and eventually eaten, understanding the connection between the earth and its inhabitants. Don’t misunderstand: I have no desire or intention to leave city life and become a farmer...

Open to Israel Blog: Comparing Lemons to Oranges
“Are you sure we’re picking today?” Daniella asked as soon as she looked outside...Last Friday, the girls and I drove about seven minutes from home to a field in the middle of the city to help pick food for Leket, Israel’s largest food bank, with at least 100 other people. The goal of the gleanin...

Life in Israel Blog: Israelis Are Giving
''Ra’anana is home to Leket, the brainchild of an American immigrant who wanted to solve the problem of hunger in Israel. From one person and a fridge, Leket has evolved into a national charity in just 10 years. In 2013 alone, Leket’s 50,000 volunteers helped rescue and distribute some 25 million...

North Shore Bnai Mitzvah on NSCI/JUF Family Trip Pick Beets with Leket Israel
NORTH SHORE CONGREGATION ISRAEL - Dec. 25, 2013 - FACEBOOK POST: ''After a day that began at the Palmach Museum in Tel Aviv and continued at Caeserea, the NSCI/JUF Family trip joined in Project Leket at Moshav Nahalal. This year we harvested enough beets for 400 people. That's a lot of borscht. H...

Combating Poverty and Hunger in Israel
ReformJudaism.org Blog - Dec 30, 2013. ''One of the biggest challenges facing new olim (immigrants) in Israel is finding employment. Jobs, especially for non-Hebrew speakers, are few and far between. Finding a meaningful job is nothing short of an amazing gift. Last month, I began working for Lek...

Ordinary People doing Extraordinary Things
BUBBLEWS BLOG - Dec. 31, 2013. ''This story that I will share with you today is just one of the many featured in Secrets of Kindness: A Journey among Good People by Asnat Greenberg.'' The story is about Joseph Gitler, Leket Israel Founder and Chairman, and has been republished by blogger Rishadas...

Holy Day: Holy Land
JEWISH TRAVEL MAGAZINE - Dec. 2013. For American Journalist Lori Silberman Brauner, celebrating her son's Bar Mitzvah in Israel was a must. She wanted a memorable experience for her son that would include a hands-on social action ''chesed'' project. Picking oranges for needy families with Leke...

Angel contributes for the Needy
Dec. 2013. There was great joy on their faces,.'''' states a recent website post from Yad B'Yad Lod. ''Angel's Bakery with the help of 'Leket Israel' is committed to helping [struggling parents and holocaust survivors] and sends a huge shipment of all kinds of breads: French, sliced, grain, and ...

Invasion of the body snatchers
OYS AND JOYS...ALIYA JOURNEY Blog - Dec. 3, 2013. ''We took a day to harvest fruit for poor people. We joined up with an organization called Leket Yisrael...We worked for about 90 minutes and the leader told us that we picked about 1,000 Kilos of fruit, or about one ton [that] would be donated to...

Gratitude, Light, and Miracles at the OJC
TWO RABBIS, ONE VOICE, THREE OPINIONS Blog - Dec. 1, 2013. In a post by Rabbi Paula Mack Drill to the ''Official Blog of the Clergy of Orangetown Jewish Center, Rabbi Drill discusses ''Mitzvah-Week-and-a-Half''. In the post she cites how members of the Orangetown Jewish Center volunteered with L...

Helping Hands - Beren Academy
ROBERT M. BEREN ACADEMY ''BUZZ'' Newsletter - Nov. 15, 2013. ''Our seniors have finally returned from their amazing adventures in Israel. While there, they volunteered with Leket Israel. They picked an amazing total of 10,000 lbs of beets which helped feed 1,600 needy families that week. Leket I...

Leket Israel on BBYO Stand Up
BBYO STAND UP - Leket Israel was recently featured on the BBYO Stand UP website, an initiative that empowers teens to identify a cause that inspires them, and develop their own campaign to affect positive change in their local and global community. Accordingh to the post, ''Hunger is a global is...

Congregation Rodeph Shalom supports Leket Israel through Social Action
CONGREGATION RODEPH SHALOM - November 2013. Social Action Section: ''Our new organization this year is Leket Israel which, in addition to a food rescue similar to City Harvest, has a gleaning project called Women’s Work Program. This project currently employs approximately 20 Arab-Israeli women ...

Westmount Synagogue Mission Volunteers with Leket Israel
THE WESTMOUNT WEEKLY - Nov. 22 - 29, 2013. In a letter from Leket Israel to Rabbi Michalowicz, republished in The Westmount Weekly, PR Coordinator, Deena Fiedler, states, '' It was a pleasure meeting you and the Westmount Synagogue mission participants...Together you managed to pick more than 1,...

Food Waste Diverted to Food Banks
VOS IZ NEIAS - Nov. 24, 2013. New York City says more than 2,500 tons of New York restaurant food waste has been diverted from landfills in the past 6 months - for use as compost or donations to food banks. In response to the article, an anonymous commenter states, ''Leket Israel has been doing...

Sarasota Federation Mission Blog
November 21, 2013. THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF SARASOTA-MANATEE. Jessi Sheslow, Development Coordinator at The Jewish Federation of of Sarasota-Manatee, can be seen pictured harvesting Kohlrabi on a volunteer excursion to Leket Israel's Gleaning fields at Moshav Nahalal in the Jezreel Valley. Read...

Little Tal and Father Rescue Meals for Leket Israel
November 9, 2013. Check out Little Tal, collecting food for Israel's needy with her father Dudi at the Rananim Mall last week. Keep up the great work. With your help Leket Israel is on track to rescue and redeliver 1 million meals to the needy this year!

Jeremy Schooler - Israel Trip Blog
Nov. 11, 2013 - WASHINGTON JEWISH WEEK Blog. On a summer trip with the BBYO Passport, Jeremy Schooler writes, ''Leket Israel is the country’s largest food rescue network. Volunteers pick vegetables for distribution to needy families in Israel and we joined them at a farm to pick and sort tomatoe...

Leket Israel & Cérémonie Tea
Nov. 6, 2013. Cérémonie Tea Blog. ''Cérémonie Tea is proud to team up with Leket Israel in helping those in need. Cérémonie Tea has donated tea through Leket Israel to help their noble cause. Here is some background on this amazing organization...'' Read on for more:

So Shall You Reap
INTERFACE MAGAZINE. Oct. 30, 2013. ''Around 20 years ago, [Sandy Colb] decided he wanted to combine his love of gardening with his desire to help those in need. He began growing vegetables on a plot of land he owns in Rehovot and donating them. In conjunction with the organization “Leket” – a na...

Birmingham Travelers Get Their Hands Dirty In Israel
November 15, 2013. In an email sent out by The Birmingham Jewish Federation (BJF), Staff Associate, Samantha Dubrinsky discusses her experience volunteering with Leket Israel: ''When we arrived, we learned we would be picking clementines -- from an orchard that needed to be harvested fairly quic...

Food Banks Recognize World Food Day
Nov. 2013 - GLOBAL FOODBANKING NETWORK. ''Leket Israel has been commended many times for its gleaning activities of farms throughout the country, rescuing over 12 million pounds from fields each year...This World Food Day...Leket Israel will pick vegetables that have been planted and raised speci...

Noble Energy ''Gleans for the Needy''
November 2013. As reported on the Marom Philanthropy & Business Group's website, employees from Noble Energy recently spent a day volunteering in Moshav Nahalal picking vegetables, organized by Leket Israel. See the post here:

Shalom Israel Tours features Leket Israel
Nov. 2013 - SHALOMISRAELTOURS. ''By combining charity, agriculture and first-hand contact with the process of feeding the less fortunate, volunteering for Leket Israel can add an extra meaningful activity to your itinerary. Museums, ancient ruins, beach time and shopping for one-of-a-kind souveni...

Bread in the Bin
Nov. 7, 2013. The armchair kitchen - blog. ''Wasted food is a problem in many countries. Because of health and safety regulations it is hard to move unsaleable, but good, food to those who might benefit from it. In Israel, where there are many poor people and refugees coming from Sudan and othe...

The Supermarket by Chef Shawna
Oct. 19, 2013. While on a family year abroad with her husband and three sons, Shawna Goodman Sone describes an ''eye opening experience'' volunteering collecting meals at Dizengoff mall in Tel Aviv with Leket Israel. Read the full blog post here:

World Food Day - Food System Roundtable
FOOD SYSTEM ROUNDTABLE - Oct. 18, 2013. ''There were a number of initiatives taking place around the world in response to World Food Day, such as Picking For The Needy, organized by the Leket Israel National Food Bank wherein volunteers around the country pick fresh food and vegetables and distri...

Medicine: Changing a Nation's Diet
October 2013. HADASSAH MAGAZINE Hadassah writer Wendy Elliman describes the early work of Hadassah Hospital in promoting the sale of healthy foods together with the Rami Levy supermarket chain. According to Elliman, ''within 2 years, the initiative evolved into the National Lobby for Nutrition...

Where Your Israel Donation Really Goes
Oct. 22, 2013 - CHARISMA MAGAZINE BLOG. Award-winning reporter and editorial writer Troy Anderson offers an in depth look into the charitable support provided by the Christian community to Israel, particularly from charismatic and Pentecostal Christians. Among the influential ministries discusse...

The Kohlrabi Kid
In an essay written by Rafi Sackville, Rafi contemplates his experience picking Kohlrabi from Leket Israel's gleaning fields at Moshav Nahalal during Leket's ''Open Picking Day'' on Chol Hamoed Sukkot. A dream the night before prompted his exposition where he describes the gleaning experience, a...