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Met Council Head: 50% of New York Jews Face Poverty

William Rapfogel explains why the council believes in “piling on the services," talks about helping "the Jews we've been in denial about."
By Eliran Aharon, New York
First Publish: 6/18/2013, 12:09 PM

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William Rapfogel, Chief Executive of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, also known as the Met Council, gave an exclusive interview to Arutz Sheva and explained the organization's approach to helping people suffering from poverty.

"More than 330,000 Jews living in New York live at or below the federal poverty level,” he said. “Another 175,000 Jews live in what we call near poverty, or working poverty.”

"We believe strongly that to help someone become independent, you have to pile on the services,” he explained. For example, if members of a family are about to be evicted from their home, the council will not just help them pay the rent – it will also help them get a better job and train for it, help them find the proper care for their elderly parents or a disabled child, help them get kosher food, and more.

Rapfogel talked about the importance of helping "Jews we've been in denial about," including teens at risk, addicts, and the victims of domestic violence.