KFAR CHABAD, Israel—Young parents, community members and rabbinic dignitaries gathered here last week at the dedication of the town’s new day-care center, built to meet the growing needs of the community’s young families.
“When the Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe [Rabbi Yosef Yitchak Schneersohn, of righteous memory] started Kfar Chabad,” noted the project’s donor, Yossi Popack, “he stressed providing work for the residents, like agriculture, farming and woodwork. Now that times have changed and mothers need to go out and work as well, I feel that it is important to provide them with the proper tools.”
Chief Rabbi of Israel Yona Metzger and Rabbi Shalom Duchman thank Yossi Popack for making the day-care center possible.
The Shmuel Isaac Day Care Center is the seventh of its kind built by Colel Chabad—the oldest and most wide-ranging charity in Israel—to provide suitable, loving care for young children. The new center will cater to 60 children, from infants to pre-schoolers. Other day-care centers have been built by Colel Chabad in Ashdod, Ashkelon, Safed, Lod, Beitar Illit and Rishon LeTzion, providing care for more than 500 children.
The day-care center offers a full program from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., including prayer times, meal times and a variety of activities that meet the developmental and educational needs of the children in a light, airy, spacious and well-equipped environment.
The new center is the second in Kfar Chabad, and one mother summarized the importance and effectiveness of quality day care: “My daughter is always so happy to go every morning,” said Sheina. “I see the investment that the teachers put into her. The care, love and patience they show my child is warming and gives me full confidence to go to work without anything to worry about."
When the need for a second center was identified, the Kfar Chabad chairman, Rabbi Binyamin Lipshitz, immediately turned to the director of Colel Chabad, Rabbi Shalom Duchman. To meet the need for funding they turned Yossi Popack and his wife, Penina Batsheva Popack, long-time supporters of Colel Chabad.
:"When Rabbi Duchman came to my office with a project to help Kfar Chabad and help mothers to go out and work, I told him: Done. I am taking the project,” says Popack.
At the dedication ceremony, Chief Rabbi of Israel Yona Metzger noted that the Popacks are descendants of the Biblical tribe of Levi, and like their ancestors are "given over to their brothers who are in need of help. With a loving heart, they avail themselves for every initiative of kindness and giving.”