Maayan Rivka Golden Age Restaurant
Ma’ayan Rivka was originally started to provide meals for some Holocaust survivors in Petach Tikvah. The “restaurant” charges a token fee for the meals they serve so that the patrons retain their dignity and don’t feel they are accepting charity. Perhaps one of the most important benefits of the restaurant in addition to the delicious and nutritious food it provides is the socialization and company that the volunteers give the seniors. Many of the elderly patrons live alone and this is their only form of socialization. It is a source of nourishment for both the body and the soul.
The patrons come from all spectrums of Israeli society. One of the regulars, an 82-year-old woman, recently widowed, was too emotionally distraught to leave her home and often remained hungry. She was introduced to Ma’ayan Rivka and has since started making friends and is eating healthy meals.
In 2008 Ma’ayan Rivka opened in a new location and the opening was attended by the Mayor and Chief Rabbi of Petach Tikvah, a Member of the Knesset, and Liora Minka, Chairwoman of Emunah Israel.
In addition to the Golden Age Restaurant, Emunah runs senior groups with activities and trips in order to provide seniors with healthy companionship. Counseling centers offer services which are tailored for senior citizens.
Promoting status of Women
Emunah cooperates with and often leads a wide range of umbrella organizations and recognized public forums. We are active in promoting the interests of women in rabbinic courts, provides support for battered women, and vigorously supports legislation advancing women and the family in Israel.
In addition, Emunah operates women’s business clubs, providing the opportunity for young entrepreneurs to network, exchange ideas and develop vital skills to enhance their businesses.
Emunah Israel Promotes Legislation
Emunah is involved in the work of Knesset committees with regard to various areas of legislation, especially those to do with women, and was even among the initiators of certain laws and amendments to existing legislation, including maternity leave for foster families, division of property, supervision over frameworks for the care of infants, maternity leave and tax benefits for working mothers, court jurisdiction, and others.
Emunah Israel Maintains Ongoing Public Agenda on Women’s Issues
Emunah as an organization takes a stand with regard to current events, yet also maintains an ongoing public agenda, especially with regard to the status of women issues.
Appeal to the High Court on the “Appointment of Dayanim”
An injunction that Emunah requested against the Committee to Appoint Dayanim demanded the nullification of the present composition of the committee until a woman would be included on the body. The purpose is to bring before the committee women’s voice and perspective in the deliberations.
Appeal to the High Court on “Mesuravot Get”
This refers to the request by Emunah to be added as a “Friend of the Court” to an appeal that dealt with a woman who has been a mesurevat get for 16 years.
Course for “Mashkichot Kashrut”
It is well known that no one takes greater care with regard to the kashrut of the home than the homemaker, the one who cooks in the home. Thus, it seems to us only natural and acceptable that women can also be employed professionally in kashrut-related areas, especially since there is no halakhic problem for a woman to be a mashkiach.
There are many more public activities undertaken by Emunah, and the short description above provides just a small sample. In future we will continue to broaden our work.