SAVE YOELISH: A Father of 16 Children is Sitting In Jail!

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Our story begins with a local chicken slaughterhouse in Mea Shearim, and ends with a quarter million shekel fine and an impending prison sentence...  

Yoelish Krois lives in the Mea Shearim district of Jerusalem, in a 2-room apartment with his wife and 16 children, and earns his living at a catering factory.

Among other things, the Krois's family home is open to anyone in need. Poor people know that at the Krois's they can always count on a hot meal and an attentive ear. The Krois family’s hospitality is famous in a city already known for its chesed. 

On April 30, 2017 Yoelish was to start serving a prison sentence for failing to report the activating of a chicken slaughterhouse in Mea Shearim.

The real story goes back nearly 100 years. In the Jerusalem of old (that of the pre-state Yishuv), a chicken slaughterhouse started working according to the strictest rules of kashrut.  Several years ago, seeing this as an important undertaking, Yoelish Krois, volunteered to activate the place as a Tzeddakah non-profit operation charging back-to-back costs only.

For years and years, local residents, Rabbis and families bought super-glatt-kosher chickens there.  The fees they paid, only covered the costs. On the eve of Yom Kippur, Hundreds of locals came there to perform the age-old ritual of Kapparot.

Yoelish could not imagine that running this local spot where he and his neighbors shecht their chickens is considered “opening a business”, and the few shekels they pay is “income” that must be reported to the tax authorities. His court sentence is for 5 months if he pays the 250,000 INS (70$). Or should he fail to raise the necessary sum, he will have to spend two full years in prison.

In the court ruling, the judge even stated that he believed that “the accused did not act out of pecuniary avarice” but in good faith, perhaps out of ignorance.  It was further noted that the accused had no earlier criminal record, and that he gave his full cooperation to the tax authorities during all proceedings against him.

Yoelish is now sitting in jail, while his 16 children await his return. Please, do not let this family be denied of their father, simply because of his choice to help poor families eat. Do not let this generous Jew sit in a jail cell, because he cannot afford to pay his way out.

Should you wish to donate for the benefit of the Krois family, to help them overcome the trouble that befell them, please transfer funds to the account outlined below:

Bank Mercantile Discount Ltd., Branch No. 621 (Shivtei Yisrael), Account No. 718204877, account holder: Epshtein Krois Shmuel Aharon (the son).  Alternatively, please contact him directly at this cellphone number: 972 (50) 4181216.

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