Hatzilu Means Rescue
"If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, who am I? If not now, when?"
The Hatzilu Rescue Organization, established in 1976, is made up solely of volunteers. Hatzilu was created as a response to Jewish groups, including synagogue Men’s Clubs, Sisterhoods and Youth Groups, who became aware of growing numbers of Jews in need. These groups wanted to help maintain the dignity of those members of the Jewish community who had fallen on hard times as a result of health issues, loss of employment or a change in personal situations.
Hatzilu gets referrals from community organizations, social workers, Rabbi’s and others. A team of dedicated volunteers does an intake and evaluates each client in order to provide either money and/or food to meet their needs. A significant portion of all donations go directly to client support