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From Mission to Success



The Eizer Lamuzen Journey

From the very beginning, when Eizer Lamuzen took its first tentative steps in 2004, its unique and effective approach to helping others has proven to be a vital and successful method of assistance. In that very first year, $36,000 was raised by the weekly contributions of new members. Eleven years later, over 800 families are assisted a month by 9,000 weekly donors, with over $1,500,000 distributed 2018.

As Eizer Lamuzen has expanded and grown, its needs and its responsibilities have evolved over time. A Vaad of Rabbonim was established to help set policy, inspectors were appointed to audit accounts, and knowledgeable individuals were staffed to oversee the distribution. This skilled team of caring, special people ensures that the involved process, with the myriad of crucial details, is handled with the utmost sensitivity and discretion.

Eizer Lamuzen is unique in the very way it gives: members sign up to become weekly contributors, either via credit card or cash payments. Five dollars is regularly added to shopping bills, with the money accumulated directly into the store’s designated account, dubbed Account 120, for the extra zchusim these members will receive when they pass on to the next world after 120 years. Neighbors, friends, or store owners notify Eizer Lamuzen of people in current crisis, and Eizer Lamuzen analyzes each case and determines fund allocation. The accounts are credited discreetly, maintaining the dignity of the owners and leaving them unaware of the source of money.

Today, Eizer Lamuzen services the large communities of Williamsburg, Kiryas Yoel, Montreal Canada and just recently in Monsey, and is continuing its expansion into Boro Park, Flatbush and neighboring areas. It has grown beyond the initial grocery store concept and has expanded to include membership in meat and fish establishments as well, allowing individuals to be serviced wherever they need. Eizer Lamuzen’s mission to help people, while preserving dignity, has become a widespread, deep-reaching success.

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From The People...

  • I used to be just like everyone else shopping in the store, following my list and filling up my cart. Until my husband lost his job. The first few months were manageable, but then the bills began to pile up and my local grocery let me know that I’d reached the credit limit. I was devastated. How would I feed my family? We’d been reduced from respected customers to beggars. It was humiliating. When Eizer Lamuzen began to slowly and mysteriously chip away at our debt, we received the greatest gift. I was able to return to the store, purchase what I needed, and once again feel just like everyone else.

    Sarah M. Boro Park

  • As an Eizer Lamuzen member, I love knowing that I’m helping people who live in my community, local people who need assistance. My small weekly donation, in the long run, doesn’t impact my pocketbook, and it is such a convenient, easy way to give. I’m a proud Account 120 contributor!

    Chaya G. Montreal

  • I always prided myself on being able to support my family. I had a good job, solid profession, and respectable income. But my wife became ill and there were so many new expenses, from doctor visits and medicines to child care and housekeeping services. I was drowning. Food seemed to have become a luxury. Eizer Lamuzen’s assistance came in the nick of time, saving me from going under, and helped me nourish my family during this difficult time. We are forever grateful to Eizer Lamuzen’s and its kind-hearted supporters!

    Eliezer J. Williamsburg

  • Many times when I write out a Tzedaka check, I wonder where the money goes. I understand that there are always operational expenses in any non-profit organization, but I appreciate that the majority of my weekly Eizer Lamazun contribution is given directly to the people in need. I am confident that Eizer Lamazun has spent the time determining who really needs the money and that my tzedakah is well spent. I’m glad to be a part of this wonderful organization.

    Chaim B. Boro Park