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Founded1997 (1997)
FoundersUriel Lederberg, Ya'akov Ya'akobovitch, and Ya'akov Friedman
Area served
SubsidiariesPTP (PAHAMON) : Preventive Educational Services
2,000+ (2010)[1]

Paamonim is a non-profit organization operating in Israel aimed at assisting families in financial difficulty so that they may regain their economic independence.[2][3][4]


Founded in 1997 by Uriel Lederberg, Ya'akov Ya'akobovitch, and Ya'akov Friedman,[5] it assisted over 2,500 families enrolled in its Economic Recovery Plan program in 2010.[6]

On August 9, 2010, the President of Israel Shimon Peres recognized Paamonim as an outstanding volunteer organization.[7]

Goals and actions[edit]

Rather than provide temporary charitable relief, the organization aims to break the cycle of poverty by focusing on long-term comprehensive solutions to debt and poverty. It does this primarily through trained volunteer mentors/coaches who work with families to find better ways to manage household finances. Each volunteer or pair of volunteers works with one or two families at a time. They help the family get a clear picture of their situation, take actions to improve it, and finally advise the family on how to deal with outstanding debt and plan for the future.

At each stage the volunteer consults with senior volunteers, volunteer experts, and professional staff. The mentoring is offered free of charge.[8]

In addition, financial assistance or loans may be offered when these can be useful in achieving financial stability for the family.

PTP (PAHAMON): preventive educational services[edit]

The organization also operates a division called PAHAMON, which gives preventive lectures and seminars on household finance to groups.[9] There is a fee for this service. The organization is supported by donations.[5]


  1. ^ "רוצה להתנדב". Retrieved 2011-09-21.
  2. ^ Kempinski, Yoni (June 20, 2010). "Charity in the form of Knowledge – Jewish World – News". Israel National News. Retrieved September 20, 2011.
  3. ^ Liat Collins (April 9, 2004). "Over the Top". The Jerusalem Post. Archived from the original on November 6, 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  4. ^ Levin, Roni (April 2, 2008). "Choosing classes is no child's play". Haaretz. Retrieved September 20, 2011.
  5. ^ a b Ivri, Yael (February 8, 2007). ה"פעמונים" מצלצלים למשפחות נצרכות (in Hebrew). Ynet.
  6. ^ "Numbers and achievements - The Bottom Line". Retrieved 2011-09-21.
  7. ^ Fendel, Hillel (October 8, 2010). "Helping Families Avoid Poverty – Inside Israel". Israel National News. Retrieved September 20, 2011.
  8. ^ "Paamonim". Paamonim. Retrieved 2011-09-21.
  9. ^ "What Do We Do?". Retrieved 2011-09-21.

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