True Chesed, Helping Orphans

Batya Medad ,

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Batya Medad
New York-born Batya Medad made aliyah with her husband just weeks after their 1970 wedding and has been living in Shiloh since 1981. Political pundit, with a unique perspective, Batya has worked in a variety of professions: teaching, fitness, sales, cooking, public relations, photography and more. She has a B.S. in Journalism, is a licensed English Teacher specializing as a remedial teacher and for a number of years has been studying Tanach (Bible) in Matan. Batya blogs on Shiloh Musings and A Jewish Grandmother. ...

I must tell you that when I introduced myself to Jana Falic and told her I blogged on Arutz 7, she was very happy to hear it and told me that she always checks the news on it.

True Chesed, Helping Orphans

Last week, I was invited to attend the very moving Scholarship Award Ceremony of the Simcha (Simon) and Chana (Jana) FALIC FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP AWARD of Chesed Menachem Mendel – Colel Chabad, which took place in the Yekev (Winery) Psagot, not far from Shiloh. I've already learned that Gd does the most amazing planning. I had davka found myself with nothing to do that day, so I gladly went.

Chesed is the best word for this scholarship program that helps tutor children who have lost one of both parents. Many of the parents who had died were killed by Arab terrorists.

I was only there for the ceremony and didn't stay for the meal, which looked delicious.


Simcha (Simon) and Chana (Jana) Falic are well-known generous donors to a wide variety of projects and institutions in Israel. I was very impressed by their warmth, sincerity and how they treated everyone attending, especially the families. They listened. They didn't just pose for a few pictures and run off.
There were two unexpected things that really impressed me at the ceremony. They were the praise and support for both the surviving/single parents and the tutors. I really liked the fact that the organizers of this project seemed genuinely close to the students and their families.
And as you can see from all of the photos, the recipients are not Chabadniks. And not all even appeared to be religious Jews. The students in the program are all tested every year, and those who get the best scores get this additional award.
The tutors are also mentors. And there were special mentions about them, too. The program also provides "fun days" for the families and covers the expenses of educational assessments when necessary.
An important aspect of the program is that the tutoring is not just for weak students. The Chesed Menachem Mendel – Colel Chabad also helps provide scholarships for the gifted to enjoy programs on a higher level, advanced courses, plus music, art, sports etc.

We were entertained by some of the recipients who are extremely talented musicians.
Kol Hakavod to the workers and volunteers of  Chesed Menachem Mendel – Colel Chabad!