Yad Chessed – Boston's Jewish Safety Net
Yad Chessed ("Hand of Lovingkindness") was founded in 1989 with the express
purpose of providing short-term
assistance to local Jews in need who fall through the cracks of the Jewish community
and general social services system. For over two decades it has continued answering
the needs of the most vulnerable members of Boston's Jewish community.
With no fanfare, no grants, no publicity, and almost no outside help,
Yad Chessed now distributes $400,000 annually in emergency aid, ongoing food
and clothing assistance, and special holiday allocations as well as $25,000
in interest-free loans to more than 1,400 individuals who have no ready access to
other sources of help. For these people, Yad Chessed is quite simply the difference
between making it and not making it. As one recipient put it:
Thank you very much from the bottom of our hearts for your assistance.
It will not only help us out financially in a really horrible situation,
but [it] will allow me to sleep again and help ease [the] great stress
I am under right now trying to make ends meet. . . .
[You] have helped us literally survive.
Yad Chessed is not only there to give help when and where it is most needed,
it does so with the greatest respect for the dignity of the individual and with
attention to traditional Jewish practice.
Yad Chessed responds to every request promptly and thoughtfully,
tailoring the type of assistance to the individual situation.
If you know someone who might need our help, please
Our mission is to provide short-term assistance to local Jews in need.