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ICEJ Honoured for Funding Haifa Home for Holocaust Survivors

The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem was honoured at a special ceremony in Haifa last month for funding Israel’s largest assisted-living facility solely dedicated to caring for destitute Holocaust survivors.

The gala event at the Haifa International Convention Center featured addresses by Israeli cabinet ministers Eli Yishai and Yossi Peled, German Ambassador Andreas Michaelis, and other Israeli and foreign dignitaries, who also paid tribute to some 2,000 Holocaust survivors attending the celebration as special guests.

Over the past two years, the Christian Embassy has been sponsoring the special project to purchase,  renovate and expand an assisted-living facility in Haifa for impoverished Holocaust survivors, which will now be able to accommodate over 100 residents. The ICEJ has provided funds to purchase and renovate two four-storey buildings in order to greatly expand the facility, which is operated by the local charity Yad Ezer L’Haver (Helping Hand to a Friend).

Tenants began to take up residence several months ago and the phased expansion is now completed.

With help from volunteer Christian work teams from Germany, the two dilapidated buildings were transformed into a multipurpose complex which includes attractive living quarters, a community kitchen and dining hall, a synagogue, courtyards, and a medical and dental clinic that will also serve Holocaust survivors from throughout the Haifa area.

German Christians affiliated with the ICEJ were the primary source of funds for this unique project, which is considered by many as a model for Israel in dealing with the growing national problem of poor and needy survivors of the Shoah. Approximately one third of Israel’s some 200,000 Holocaust survivors are impoverished, struggling with illness, or living alone.

Recognizing this situation, Shimon Sabag, the director of Yad Ezer L’Haver, a social aid organisation based in Haifa with a proven record of helping the disadvantaged, began a project to house some needy survivors. In December 2009, Shimon approached the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem’s aid department (ICEJ AID) requesting assistance to purchase the ground floor of the adjacent building on the same street and renovate it to house more survivors.

ICEJ AID understood that here was the opportunity to be part of something significant as well as urgent: to give needy survivors a home where they would feel safe and loved. The entire building was purchased and renovated. Then a second building on the same street was also purchased and improved with ICEJ funds.

The rundown buildings were transformed into an attractive assisted living complex that includes communal kitchenettes with tea and coffee making corners, a medical and dental clinic, elevators to serve the upper floors, balconies to enjoy the view of Haifa, and gardens and courtyard areas for outdoor enjoyment. The second building also includes a medical and dental clinic for the Home’s residents as well as Holocaust survivors from throughout the Haifa area.

Doctors and nurses from area hospitals will volunteer to cover the survivors’ health needs on an around-the-clock basis. The Home’s kitchen and dining area also will be able to feed other Holocaust survivors who live in the area on a daily basis.

The Holocaust Survivors are aging and the time when we can significantly help them is running out. The ongoing costs involved in caring for the residents of the Haifa Home will be a continuing challenge. The ICEJ is the channel through which Christian support from around the world can flow, and your loving care and concern may be expressed.

Please join with us in continuing this very worthwhile outreach to needy Israelis through our local charitable partners. Go to www.icej.org and give to “ICEJ AID” today.

Ethiopian Children Treated to Summer Camps

The Jewish Agency’s absorption center in the Jerusalem suburb of Mevasseret Zion is home to some 1,400 residents, making it the largest facility for new immigrants in Israel. Most of those living in the neighborhood are Ethiopian Jews, including hundreds of children struggling to adjust to their new surroundings.

During the summer months, when most Israeli children are on vacation abroad with their families or enjoying youth camps with friends, the Mevasseret Zion Absorption Center seeks to offer a similar outlet to its Ethiopian children.

The ICEJ’s Aliyah department stepped in to sponsor summer camp for ten of these Ethiopian children, allowing them the chance to progress in their Hebrew lessons, adjust to Israeli society, and just have fun with their friends.

The combination of studies and play keeps the summer months productive and enjoyable for the younger immigrants. Integration into Israel is turned into a great adventure.

Most Ethiopian Jews arriving in Israel first stay at the Agency’s absorption centers. The adults also learn not only the Hebrew language, but also how to function in a country more developed than they are accustomed to. Usually, the main challenge is picking up enough Hebrew for everyday use, as some are not even literate in their native Amharic language.

Ethiopians often lack the trade skills needed to find suitable work in Israel. Everything is different – the foods, the schools, the shops, the local customs. The absorption centers help them start life anew in this unfamiliar setting.

Most families spend up to two years in the absorption center before moving out on their own. During this time, social workers try to make sure their new homeland is welcoming and no longer foreign to them.

 

The Long Path to Freedom

Miriam, still known as Romka at that point, was an only child. She was born in Lviv, Poland, after her father finished his studies in Vienna. Together as a family they moved to Dubno, where Miriam went to school.

She was about 15 when the German army entered Poland from the West, but since the town of Dubno was in the East, the Jewish families there did not understand fully what was going on and what would await them. The Nazis would take all the women and girls to clean homes and buildings they wanted to take over.

“At that point none of us knew people were being put in ghettos,” Miriam recalls. “After two months of hard work, with yellow stars placed on our arms to be easily spotted as Jews, we were told to pack up and move out with one suitcase.”

All Jews brought to the ghetto were split between the right side, from where they were taken to work every day, and the left side, where the elderly, the sick and children stayed. Miriam, together with her mother, was put in the right wing of the ghetto. Every morning they were forced to work, receiving just two slices of bread to sustain them till the following morning.

Soon the Nazis started executing people housed on the left side. Every day, armed soldiers came to pick up those that seemed the weakest. Miriam and her family knew their end was near, so she decided to run. With her parents’ approval, after getting a fake passport with a false name, Miriam fled with just the clothes on her back.

One morning she left the ghetto with everyone else, but never arrived at her work station.

That night Miriam never returned to the ghetto. It was the last time she saw her family. She went straight to a train station and with her false identity took one train after another to get as far from the ghettos and camps as possible. With no information boards or enough knowledge about geography, Miriam has crossed through six countries unaware of her location. She spoke Polish, Russian and a little bit of German, which helped her move around with little trouble. People were kind enough to feed her, sometimes they would let her sleep on their property. However life was never easy.

By God’s grace Miriam eventually reached Romania, and from there she made it home to Israel in 1944. Following this very difficult part of her life, she came to the land of her people in order to establish a normal home. She got married and worked at a kibbutz, but years have passed until Miriam could finally feel safe and content.

After her husband’s passing, in December 2008 over the Hanukkah holidays, Miriam found out about the Home for Holocaust for Survivors in Haifa. She says that was her Hanukkah miracle. At the home she feels loved and cared for.

Today Miriam is able to look back and retell her story. Young Israeli students helped her track down her path, as she was running for her life in Europe. They helped her draw a map of all the places she still remembered.

She remembers everything very well. “I will soon be 90,” Miriam says. “I have lost a lot in life, but God let me keep my head.” She loves meeting with children from local schools, with IDF soldiers, and with students. As survivors, this is how they remember their families who did not survive this most dreadful part of Jewish history.

ICEJ reaching out to loyal Druze

 

Among Israel’s diverse population, the Druze are a truly unique minority. They trace their ancestry back to the biblical figure Jethro, but left the Sinai deserts a millennia ago when the Muslim mainstream rejected their distinctive brand of Islam. Instead, they settled in the highland areas of Lebanon and northern Israel, where they have managed to survive centuries of Muslim persecution.

Today, the Druze community in Israel numbers about 120,000 people living on the Carmel range, the Golan Heights and other scattered villages throughout the Galilee. Most have tied their fate to the Jewish state, although relations become strained from time to time for Druze towns along the border with Syria, who have relatives on the other side of the fence.

Druze loyalty to Israel includes a communal decision to accept mandatory induction into the IDF. This stems from the pre-states years, when the Druze were caught up in the Jewish-Arab struggle over the land and the Jewish underground, the Haganah, assisted the Druze in creating self-defence networks against recurring attacks by Arab marauders.

Their consent to compulsory draft into the IDF is a great source of pride for the Druze, and these young adults are currently integrated into all IDF units. Yet the full equality that exists for every Druze soldier within the IDF does not extend back to civilian life, where the Druze do not always receive the same rights and benefits as other sectors.

So despite their patriotism, the Druze have not had easy lives in Israel and are in need of outside assistance to help level the playing field and pave the way to a better future. Thus, the ICEJ has decided to help the community financially, so that young Druze can have better chances of success in the areas of education and work.

To accomplish this goal, ICEJ AID has partnered with the Lt.-Col. Saleh Falah Association to provide support for Druze schools. This association was founded by retired Druze IDF officers in 2008 with the goal of investing in Druze youth before their enlistment in the IDF. It also helps demobilised Druze soldiers to become integrated back into civilian life, through academic scholarships and job and housing placement. It also assists poor families, along with the elderly and disabled in the Druze community.

The association has several dozen activists, mostly volunteers, and is financed solely by private donations.

ICEJ AID joined the association in its efforts to improve education in Druze public schools by raising an initial amount of NIS 100,000 (US$ 30,000). Half of this donation was invested in the main elementary school of the mixed Druze/Christian town of Maghar.

The project’s main aim is to raise the number of Druze teenagers acquiring a marketable diploma and continuing on to higher education. Key elements of the program include capital investments in computers and science labs and regular informal activities during the school year. Ten special study spaces were also built in Maghar, each equipped with a computer and book stand.

Meanwhile, some NIS 30,000 was donated towards university scholarships and the remaining NIS 20,000 was dedicated to social assistance.

Please join with us in continuing this very worthwhile outreach to the loyal Druze community of Israel. Give to ICEJ AID today at http://int.icej.org/

An Angelic mission

Away from the hail of rockets and endless political protests, Israelis are actually simple, quiet people. They are largely overlooked by the incessant media coverage of the conflict over the land. Among these ordinary Israelis are some folks who are truly ignored, even within their own society – namely the elderly and handicapped.

From its earliest years, the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem has reached out to these unseen citizens with special needs through our Homecare program. For the past decade, this department has been headed by experienced Dutch nurse Corrie van Maanen. She recently took us for a closer look into the homes and daily lives of her patients.

Corrie spends most of her week crisscrossing Jerusalem to visit with a long roster of elderly and disadvantaged patients.

This includes Tanya and Jashe, who have been living in Israel since making aliyah in 1998. They came here following in the footsteps of their son, who a few years earlier decided to return to the Land of Israel and to the Jewish faith. Tanya and Jashe retired from their jobs and made the move soon after.

Tanya’s father was only six years old when he witnessed his own father being fatally beaten in the local market square in a brutal act of anti-Semitism in early Soviet Russia. The incident marked the end of all Jewish identity and traditions within the family. Many decades later, Tanya’s son came to Israel through the Jewish Agency’s youth aliyah program. He also became an observant Jew, a move which changed all of their lives.

Yet sadly, this did not bring the happy ending they all expected. A few years ago, Tanya found out she had cancer. Going through an operation and chemotherapy has significantly weakened her body. In the meantime, Jashe has developed a neurological disease which is slowly taking away his mobility. Initially excited about their new lives in Israel, Tanya and Jashe now worry whether they will be able to make it down the stairs each day.

This is where Corrie comes in. Every week, she visits Tanya and Jashe in their home to help with simple things most of us take for granted. She helps Tanya to bathe and wash her hair. She reads the Psalms to both of them, since Jashe cannot attend synagogue anymore. It is never easy. They often feel weary and discouraged by their crippling conditions. Yet Corrie is not giving up on them, and they depend on her greatly.

During the recent Passover season, Corrie was able to bring Tanya and Jashe a new set of plates and cutlery so that they could have a traditional Pessach Seder meal at their home. They were both speechless when they saw the beautiful white plates, and Tanya’s eyes quickly filled with tears.

“Corrie’s an angel”, Tanya said in her native Ukrainian. “She helps us so much! She’s such a good friend.”

In many ways, Corrie’s visits keep them going. They look forward to her coming each week by preparing special lunches.

Some days Tanya and Jashe wake up wondering if it is even worth getting up to face the day. They live in constant pain and discomfort. On the day of our visit, Tanya said she felt miserable and did not want to get out of bed. But after Corrie called, her whole mood changed. She was excited to host some guests and prepared more food than usual.

Corrie visits many such patients every week. She helps them shower, exercise and perform daily routines. Sometimes, she brings a friend along with her, to simply spend time with them, to talk and distract them from their anguish and distress. Many have a hard time adjusting to Israel, yet this is now the only home they know. There is nowhere to go back to, no turning around.

Ludmila, or “Luda” as her friends call her, is from the Ukraine and lives with her aging father Yaakov, who faithfully takes care of the household on a daily basis. She is only a little over forty, but she is confined to a wheelchair and cannot live on her own. She has been suffering from Multiple Sclerosis (MS) since she was only sixteen years of age. Soviet doctors could do little to help her, since there is no known medical cure for MS.

In the early 1990s, Luda found an article in a newspaper about Israeli doctors conducting successful tests with MS. Together with her father, she decided to make aliyah. The move was not easy, but it infused her with hope. As new immigrants, they received some assistance in the beginning, but it was never enough. Luda’s condition required extra care, and ICEJ Homecare stepped in to provide it.

Already some years ago, the Embassy’s nursing team provided both helping hands and financial support to improve their situation. Thanks to a private donor, Luda was blessed with an electric wheelchair through the ICEJ.

Corrie now visits Luda every week to help with her rehab therapy. Luda performs exercises that are very difficult for her and equally strenuous for Corrie, who has to help lift and move her limbs around. But Luda does not lose her wit.

“Corrie and I are training for the Olympics, you know”, she says with a smile. “Maybe this year we’ll win.”

Both start laughing. Despite her condition, Luda likes to show that she is so much more than her physical handicap. Her spirit is still young and strong.

Back in the Ukraine, Luda wanted to become a doctor. Those dreams never materialized, but she never gave up on expanding her knowledge. She speaks several languages and her little apartment is filled with books.

“Deep in my heart I know God is helping me”, Luda acknowledges.

The faith they once lost, due to decades of atheist indoctrination under Soviet communism, now is being slowly restored. They live in a free country and experience love from those they once feared – the Christians. Luda and her father are now regular guests at the ICEJ’s annual Feast of Tabernacles celebration, where they joyfully celebrate together with those who love and care for them.

Please support the ICEJ Homecare program by donating today at http://int.icej.org/

Caring for ‘Righteous Gentiles’

Besides caring for hundreds of needy Jewish survivors of the Holocaust, the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem has also become involved in recent years in supporting elderly Righteous Gentiles who were invited to take up residence in Israel because of their heroic deeds in rescuing Jews from the Nazi genocide.

Of the several thousand people designated by Yad Vashem as “Righteous Among the Nations”, only 127 are still alive today and 34 of them live in Israel. Although the state has provided them with social benefits over the years, they still have many unmet needs.

The ICEJ has partnered with the Israeli non-profit ATZUM to sponsor a special project which provides extra care for these Righteous Gentiles, including regular in-home visits by professional caretakers and “adopted” Israeli students, as well as various medical products and treatments. To ensure that their courageous acts are remembered by future generations, ATZUM has also filmed the personal testimonies of these Righteous Gentiles and why they chose to live in Israel.

One of these Righteous Gentiles is Jaroslawa Lewikca – the youngest person still living in Israel today ever awarded with this special distinction.

In 1941, when the German army occupied her hometown of Zloczow in the Ukraine, Jaroslawa was only six years old. But her grandfather, Aleksander Lewicka, gave her a very vital yet risky task.

Jews were immediately driven from their homes and not allowed to buy food. So each day, Aleksander would fill his granddaughter’s school backpack with food and medicine and then hide it under newspapers and textbooks. Young Jarolslawa would then walk several miles, passing many unsuspecting German guards, to secretly deliver the supplies to helpless and starving Jewish families.

In December 1942, when the Jews of Zloczow were confined to a ghetto, the special little courier continued her daily missions until the Germans liquidated the local Jewish community in April 1943. Among a handful of survivors of the massacre were two Jewish girls whom the Lewicka family sheltered until the area’s liberation by the Red Army in July 1944. The Lewickas also fed another group of 25 Jews hiding in the basement of a ruined house two kilometers away.

The danger of detection was great, given the large quantities of food the family was buying. But the Lewickas were compelled by Christian love to help and Jarolslawa faithfully carried out her courier missions despite the grave risks.

Several years ago, Jaroslawa took up Israel’s standing invitation and moved to Haifa to be closer to those she had helped. Now age 75, she lives alone and functions quite well, but still has many personal and household needs. So ICEJ-AID is now providing food and care in her time of need.

When asked about her brave deeds during a recent in-home visit by an ICEJ-AID team, Jaroslawa said that she and her family never thought they were being heroic.

“I did not see it as something great”, she said. “They were people and so were we. They would have done the same thing for us.”

Many Christians today wonder whether they would have been brave enough to rescue Jews during the Holocaust. Jaroslawa Lewikca was one of those who actually faced that challenge and accepted it at a tender age. Please help us show gratitude to her and other Righteous Gentiles in Israel.

Donate today at www.icej.org and mark your gift for ICEJ-AID.

Reuven Bronzberg and Sarah Zamir

When he was only six years, Reuven Bronzberg recalls that Joseph Mengele paid a visit to the beleaguered Warsaw Ghetto. That day, he witnessed the evil Nazi doctor rip a new-born Jewish infant apart with his bare hands. Such are Reuven’s childhood memories.

Soon after, the rest of Reuven’s family were deported and he suddenly found himself all alone. He fled before the Warsaw ghetto uprising and was taken in by some partisans operating in the Polish forests. They quickly put him to use.

The partisans were planning to bomb a nearby train station on a line where Jews were being transported to concentration camps. They tied a pistol to Reuven’s hand and taped his finger on the trigger, to make sure he would fire it properly. Then he was told to walk up to an unsuspecting German guard and shoot.

“I raised the gun, pulled my finger back and started running. I did not stay around to see if he was shot”, said Reuven. “But I heard an explosion and that meant no more trains for a while.”

This was all too heavy for young Reuven, so he was hidden with a Christian woman in the basement of her farm house.

“I was eight years old and finally had the first taste of real milk in my life”, he recalled. “Without that lady, I would have died. I owe my life to her and to God.”

He spent months on end in the basement, cooped up with ducks and other farm animals and sleeping in a pile of hay until the end of the war.

Even with Germany defeated, Reuven experienced hostility against Jewish refugees in post-war Poland. Still only eleven years old and on his own, he survived by taking food handouts from the Joint Distribution Committee and selling it on the black market. Somehow, the JDC was also able to locate his parents alive in a Soviet camp in faraway Siberia and they were reunited.

Reuven made aliyah to Israel on a ship from Italy in 1948 and immediately joined the fight against Egyptian forces at Yad Mordechai, near Ashdod.

Today, Reuven is 78, retired, and lives in Haifa near the survivor’s home. He comes daily to eat lunch and be with fellow survivors. He was recently given a joyous bar mitzvah ceremony at the home’s synagogue – some 65 years late. He hopes to soon become a full-fledged resident of the Haifa Home.


Sarah Zamir
Haifa Home resident Sarah Zamir was born under the name Ilse Böhm in January 1928 near Breslau, Germany (part of Poland today). Sarah’s family were observant Jews and her father worked as an attorney.

In 1939, Sarah, her parents, her brother, her grandmother and one of her aunts fled Nazi persecution for Belgium. They arrived in Antwerp as refugees, and thus were not allowed to work. They were even arrested for a while. With hostilities already declared against Hitler’s regime, Sarah’s father was transferred to a camp in southern France because he had fought on the German side in World War I. Sarah never saw him again.

The German army invaded Belgium in May 1940, and Sarah and other local Jews were eventually put into forced labour camps. One could survive in these camps, Sarah recalls, but there was little food and many workers starved to death.

She was 14 years old when her family was finally deported. Her mother and brother later died in a concentration camp, most likely in Auschwitz. But Sarah had been hidden by Belgian Catholics who helped her secure a new identity. She had blonde hair and blue eyes, making it easier for her to pose as a non-Jew. But she was always afraid of being ‘discovered’, especially after her foster family began receiving hate mail warning, “We know you are hiding a Jewish girl!”

So Sarah was enrolled in a private boarding school for girls, where she remained until the Germans were driven out of Belgium in autumn of 1944.

As the Second World War came to an end, Sarah was still only a teenager and decided to stay on with her Catholic foster family and work in their business. But some of the fellow workers were anti-Semitic and berated her host family for helping Jews. The Catholic family offered to adopt Sarah but she did not want to change religions. So some Jewish friends advised her to move to Eretz Israel.

Sarah registered for aliya and arrived in Mandate Palestine in late 1945 as part of a Zionist youth group. In 1953, Sarah married Asher Zamir. Before he passed away, the couple had six children, numerous grandchildren, plus four great grandchildren at last count.

At least once a month, family members now come to visit Sarah in the Haifa Home for Holocaust survivors. She moved into the home because her small retirement and widow’s pensions could not meet all her living expenses and medical bills.

Sarah is quite comfortable and happy to be living at the Haifa Home. “The most important thing is to have people around you and that you get help”, she says.
 

The special ICEJ AID project to renovate and expand the Haifa Home for Holocaust Survivors is still on-going, so please consider what you can give to help further enlarge the survivors’ facility and cover its operating costs. To make your best donation today, please CLICK HERE!
 

ICEJ Expands Haifa Home

On the eve of Israel’s annual Holocaust Remembrance Day last month, the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem joined its local charitable partner Yad Ezer L’Haver in Haifa in opening the second phase of the nation’s largest assisted-living home solely committed to caring for destitute Holocaust survivors. Besides housing dozens of well-deserving residents, the newest building will also contain a medical clinic and dental clinic to provide free health care to Holocaust survivors from throughout northern Israel.

Over the past year, the Christian Embassy has been funding the expansion of the Yad Ezer assisted-living facility in Haifa for impoverished Holocaust survivors, which originally housed 14 residents. The ICEJ has now purchased and renovated two apartment buildings on either side of the original home to accomodate more Survivors.

The second new building was officially opened in late April in the presence of Minister of Social Welfare Moshe Kahalon, MK David Azoulai, MK Gila Gamliel, Chief Rabbi of Haifa (Ashkenazi) Sha'ar Yeshuv Cohen, and other Israeli dignitaries. Several hundred Holocaust survivors were also among the guests in attendance.

This unique project is a model for dealing with the growing national problem of poor and needy survivors of the Shoah. An estimated 200,000 Holocaust survivors currently live in Israel, and up to one-third of these are in dire financial straits, often due to huge medical bills.

The expanded “warm home” will now provide survivors with all their lodging, food and a nurse station. A community kitchen and dining room is already being used to feed dozens of additional Holocaust survivors who live nearby. 

More than 2,000 applicants, mostly survivors of Nazi death camps in Poland and Germany, have signed up on the waiting list for a place to stay in the expanded facility. A careful selection process has identified the most worthy tenants based on need.

The ICEJ’s involvement in this urgent humanitarian project is part of its increased focus on reaching out to elderly Holocaust survivors in Israel. The Christian Embassy has been giving new emphasis in recent years on helping to ease their suffering and allowing them to live out their years with dignity, whether through adoption programs, special assistance at holidays, or investment in initiatives like the Yad Ezer facility.

“We are pleased to be able to reach out once more to these precious Jewish people who were subjected to such unspeakable horrors and evil during the Holocaust”, said Rev. Malcolm Hedding, Executive Director of the ICEJ. “We can never fully know or understand the depths of what they went through but we can give them hope, love, care and most of all dignity.”

“We are especially proud that much of the funding for this unique project came from German Christians, who decided to help shoulder their national responsibility and debt to the Jewish people with this warm home for Holocaust survivors”, added ICEJ International Director Dr. Jürgen Bühler, who also heads the Embassy’s branch in Germany. “These gifts will never make up for what they suffered, but it does give hope for the present and for the future.”

Dr. Bühler and the ICEJ AID department are coordinating the Haifa project with Shimon Sabag, founder of Yad Ezer, which also sponsors soup kitchens, home food deliveries, homeless shelters, and a number of other charitable initiatives in northern Israel.

“When we established this facility, our goal was to help those who had experienced such horrors and suffering during the Shoah”, said Sabag. “This warm home for Holocaust survivors is such a bright spot in their lives.”

“We truly appreciate all the help the Christian Embassy is bringing to these survivors”, added Israeli Knesset member Gila Gamliel. “In today’s world, it is hard for them to survive on a state pension of only NIS 1800 (US$ 500) per month. So it is very important to assist these survivors who not only suffered from the Nazis. They are also the ones who built the state of Israel. They fought our wars. Now they are alone and need our help.”

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Since 2005, the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem has been working with Operation Lifeshield to place portable bomb shelters at public bus stops and schools in the western Negev, to protect the local population from the recurring rocket barrages. To date, we have donated over 25 shelters in Sderot, Ashkelon and other nearby towns and villages.

"We live in fear and anxiety.. We have only 15 seconds to find a shelter..."

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Recently, we committed to providing a Lifeshield shelter to the Sderot Youth Center, a special facility for at-risk teens with an amazing record for turning troubled young lives around. ICEJ Aid has sponsored various projects at the Keren Or Youth Center over the past decade, and is now eager to answer their appeal for protection from the constant threat of rocket attack.

Please respond with your best gift today towards a life-saving bomb shelter for the Sderot Youth Center.

 

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