Today’s post is about something serious and something whimsical: However, I am sure that each item has elements of both.
At 4:30 Today, Monday October 11, there will be tehillim recited at the Kotel at 4:30 PM, in the for the memory Rav Eitam and Rebetzen Naama Henkin, Rav Nechamia Lavi and Rav Aaron Banita. This information was taken off a Hebrew announcement created by Israeli Rabbaim from Baruch Kelman <Baruch@avichai.org.il>
Klafte : A fashion store and social enterprise seeks to improve the lives of Jerusalem’s needy young adults through selling contemporary fashion at a low price.
“First of all, let me introduce you to a little clothing shop on Agrippas, on the side of Kupat Holim Maccabi but on a corner closer to town – maybe the corner below the KH. It’s called KLAFTE. I’m sure we can all identify with that, to some extent at least.
They employ young people who have been helped by ELEM, the organization that watches out for street kids and helps to rehabilitate them. The clothing in the store is not expensive, and some of it is quite lovely – most expensive item – NIS 99.
Anyhow, I went in one day, started to talk with one of the managers – a young woman who had ovarian cancer – three surgeries – three years ago. At the moment she is “OK”.
I bought a pair of slacks there which I love. I went back to the store one day “to model” for her, and saw her eating a sandwich of white bread and cheese. Allowing myself to “interfere”, I commented. She knew she wasn’t eating the best thing. The next day she went to the Behira Hativ’it Bakery and bought some sprouted spelt bread. I told her that when I cook and am coming to town, I will bring her some healthy things.
Her gastro told her to eat only cottage cheese or hard cheeses. I have heard that cottage is the emptiest of food value (I have to say I always loved it, and even after taking milk products off my diet, that was one of my little deviations once in a while). I thought I would bring her some tofu cheese and teach her how to make it, but she said she has been warned because of the hormones and other dangers lurking in the tofu. Since tofu used to be considered such a healthy food (citing the low rates of breast cancer in Japan, at least in the past), I would like to know how to relate to this. And I also don’t know if the miso in the tofu cheese would be good for her health situation.
Of course the best would be for her to be under the guidance of someone who is more knowledgeable than I am, but I don’t know how far she is prepared to go right now and nothing is not better than everything, when it comes to taking care of your health.
It’s worth taking a look at the store also.”
A cluster of spiritless and dated storefronts on Agrippas Street in downtown Jerusalem is the setting for an upbeat new store displaying the latest fashions. Klafte is a social enterprise that seeks to improve the lives of some of Jerusalem’s needy young adults by providing them with on-the-job training in the retail sector.
With the support of an anonymous Jewish Canadian retailer who donated a vast collection of never-been-worn clothing to the cause Klafte opened its doors a few weeks ago and is awaiting its first staff members: a group of 10 women aged 18 to 25 who will begin working over the next year and have been identified by government welfare offices as being in need of support.