|Chickens for Charity & Work Equipment Distribution
are projects run by the Maccabee Institute.
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About our Programs:
The Maccabee Institute run three main programs from Moshav Mevo Modi'Im:
Chickens for Charity – Food Empowerment Program
The Chickens for Charity and Work Equipment Distribution Programs are designed to help needy families become productive. We believe that it is far better to give people the means to help themselves instead of feeding the growing cycle of poverty and dependence.
The project is run from Moshav Mevo Modi’im by Judy and Shapir Avraham Chai. This new initiative of breeding and distributing livestock is a unique idea to combat poverty and lack of food in Israel. The project is overseen by Rabbi David Feld, Chairman of the World Maccabee Institute.
Our main aim is to help needy families become productive. We have experience with livestock, chickens and goats and have designed a project that helps needy families living out of town to create their own food and some extra income. Chickens kept free range are the easiest to maintain. For example, a poor person / family living in a rural area who have no income would receive 20 egg laying chickens which would give them daily eggs and Shabbat chickens and in the breeding season each female chicken multiplies by 15 or 20 breeding a few times each season. Goats are also good to keep if free grazing land is available. Excess produce from the breeding centers will be given to needy families living in town. The main advantage of this project is that livestock multiplies, which makes your initial donation a greater mitzvah than you ever could imagine. The ultimate goal will be for this self-help program to spread out on a national level. The pilot program is being run from Moshav Mevo Modi'im conveniently located between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. We have created two other bases for keeping livestock: on Kochav Yaakov in the Judean Desert and Givat Gal in Kiriat Arba. In order for this self help program to be possible a considerable amount of seed funding is required and the project needs more benefactors to get it fully established.
Work Equipment Distribution
Needy families living in town are given work equipment such as sewing machines, drills, catering equipment etc. Assessment reports and follow up are needed to ensure the highest success rates. The programs have already helped many families with livestock, chicken coops, goat pens and with the distribution of work equipment to cooks, guides, artists, welders, seamstresses, painters etc.
The Moshav Tour
We also run a fun hands-on nature tour of Chai Farm on Moshav Mevo Modi'im that gives work to cooks, guides, artists and musicians. Funding from the tours goes to help the livestock program. It is a popular choice for tourists and local tourism for individuals, families and groups. The Moshav is situated conveniently between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. A wonderful tour is offered of Moshav Mevo Modi'im (see the brochures below), a beautiful Moshav to visit. The tour begins on The Chai Farm where one sees parrots from all over the world, tortoises, unusual trees, plants, chickens, goats and more. We do goat milking, cheese making (seasonal), spinning wool to yarn, weaving, clay work and nature batik card. After the farm activities there is a short or longer walking tour that gives a historical, biblical and botanical understanding of the area. The tour includes visiting an ancient olive and wine press and meeting the Moshav artists. A tasty lunch is available and the tour ends with a live concert of Shlomo Carlebach nigunim.
If you wish to book a tour contact Judy Avraham Chai at 054-428-3646.
Our motto is "be positive; be productive".
The highest form of charity is to help a needy person be productive.
Judy Avraham Chai
Maccabee Institute (Chairman: Rabbi David Feld)
Mevo Modi'im Family and Group Tours - summer season
The lovely rural Moshav Mevo Modi'im, home of the late Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach Zt"l has a day trip option in the heart of nature. The Moshav is situated half an hour from Jerusalem near Modi'im town. The area is of great historical importance.
Tours run daily either early morning from 10:30 a.m. or afternoon from 4:00 p.m.
Chai Exotic bird garden - learn about nature - make organic goat cheese (seasonal)
Spinning sheep wool to yarn.
Batik nature card (kids art project)
Trek in surrounding hills and learn about the history of the area & the surrounding nature
Guided tour of ancient ruins, ancient olive and wine press
Visit the artists of the Moshav - pottery, jewelry and Judaica art work
Tasty hot lunch or bring your own picnic
Ends with Shlomo Carelebach nigunim
Our brochure is shown below. For more information call Judy 0544283646 or 08 9264680 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
CLICK HERE for a printable copy of the brochure.
Looking forward to seeing you soon. The tours take place during the entire year (except Shabbat). Project is initiated by the Maccabee World Organization.