Rabbi Yona Metzger has been the Chief Rabbi of Israel since his appointment in 2003. Since becoming Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Metzger has been very active in attempting to reach out to various orginizations including Warm the Needy.
The Berger family of Maalot dreads the coming of winter. Living four kilometers from the northern border they are subject to harsh winds and rain that whip easily through the shabby exterior of their home.
Due to the Second Lebanon War last summer, Mr. Berger lost his job and the family has been left with no means of support. Mrs. Berger is pregnant and unable to work and cannot even afford to pay for basic necessities like food and drugs. Worst of all, however, is the relentless cold that penetrates and leaves its disastrous effects on the children, two of whom suffer from asthma and chronic bronchitis.
Warm the Needy was alerted of the family's dire straits and quickly stepped in. Large radiators were provided that soon spread happiness and warmth in the chilly, damp house. To help cover the cost of the heating, Warm the Needy paid the electric bills directly to the IEC eliminating any stress on the family's part.
The Berger family can now look forward to a warm, comfortable winter, where their health and peace of mind will be restored.