Chabad of the Airport



About this Fundraiser:
Chabad at the Airport reaches thousands of Jewish passengers each year, putting Tefilin on with them, connecting them to Chabad Houses near their homes, and igniting the Jewish spark inside them sometimes concealed for far too long. These day-to-day activities are joined by large operations during Jewish holiday seasons - distributing Menorahs, Shalach Manos, Matzos, and Daled Minim, each in its appropriate time.  
Please help us continue these costly activities in this special fundraising drive in honor of the first Yahrtzeit of Rabbi Kuti Rapp a"h. Every dollar counts, and will help us affect many Jews from all corners of the world!
About Chabad of the Airport:
For decades, Rabbi Yekusiel Menachem Rapp OB”M, ran the Chabad presence at the Airport, and specifically, amongst those at El-AL, developing warm relations with El-Al executives, and through them, the Israeli security establishments. When the Rebbe wanted to send Matzos to Israel, Rabbi Rapp had it arranged. “Send it through ‘Unzer Yekusiel’”, said the Rebbe. After his tragic passing his son Yossi has taken charge, and Chabad activities at the Airport have been expanding ever since.

Each day, El-Al flights lifts hundreds of passengers off an NYC runway towards Ben Gurion Airport in Israel, and each day, a group of Yeshiva students are there to see them off. Organizing the group is Yossi Rapp, Director of Chabad of the Airport. Yossi is continuing what his memorable father began back in 1973. 

All year round, Yossi leads the Mivtzoim at the airport, donning Tefillin with hundreds of passengers, and connecting them with Chabad in their respective locations. “Many are Israelis, but people from all over go to tour Israel, and some don’t realize they have a Chabad near their own homes” says Yossi. 
During Jewish holiday season, the activities reach their peak. On Chanukah, for instance, as passengers go through check-in, they are greeted with a warm “Chag Same'ach!” backed by a bright, colorful Chanukah display of Suganiyot, dreidels and games for children. Some have kindled the Menorah at home, but many have yet to do so. Over the course of Chanukah, thousands will have met Chabad at the Airport, and the response is overwhelming. Passengers are thrilled to encounter the opportunity to celebrate Chanukah, and El AL staff are delighted, too, having long befriended the “boys from Chabad” who contribute tremendously to the ‘soul’ of the Airline throughout the year. 
This unique holiday spirit appears repeatedly throughout the year during Sukkos, Purim, and pre-Pesach season.
For each of these, preparations begin months in advance to secure the necessary permits and paperwork for such an operation, coordinating with the airport’s security and management apparatus, as well as the Airline to ensure flyers have their Jewish needs cared for, without a hitch. 

As mentioned, the activities go beyond servicing passengers at the Airport. Often during a holiday, El-Al officials and staff gather in their Manhattan headquarters for a delightful celebration complete with the traditional food, song, and great spirits appropriate to each holiday. 

Please join this opportunity to support this around-the-year project, by donating generously to this fundraiser. With your help, Chabad at the Airport will continue to expand, strive, and thrive, until the ultimate Geulah with Moshiach Tzidkeinu, may it be speedily in our days.

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Goal $36,000


DONATED $38,009

Name Effective Amount
anonymous $36.00
Yosef Milworn $30.00
Shloimy Geisinski $36.00
Rabbi Daitch $100.00
Cousin Eugene
Cousin Kuti Rapp
m. levin $100.00
Cherna Light $18.00
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Elad and Chaya Mouchka Hasis
Elieyahu Ben Nitza
anonymous $100.00
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Moshe Sandroy $2,255.00
Sruli Bronstein $1,777.99
Mendel Levin $1,756.00
Zalmy Bryski $1,282.00
Chaya Mushka Moskowitz $1,106.00
Chanie Rapp $1,000.00
Y. E. $856.00
Rabbi Avtzon $646.00
Levi Green $615.00
Tayere Talmid $200.00
Yossi Elman $152.00
Shmuel Turk $72.00
Y. E. $64.00
Sruly Clapman $54.00
Mendy Friedman $35.00