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Blessing a future generation

Is there a sound more enjoyable than that of happy children playing together?

Their excitement was ecstatic as loud laughter burst forth from their little mouths. Today, Israeli children at a daycare in the Galilee would be playing in a new playground!

At the dedication ceremony, Nicole Yoder, ICEJ’s Vice President of AID and Aliyah, was almost bowled over by the energetic youngsters ready to storm the new playground.

The daycare is a unique learning center for children of local Israeli believers in the city of Tiberias which was sorely lacking a modern, inviting outdoor recreational facility.

As Nicole chatted with the pastor of the fellowship which runs the learning center, she heard how it has a long history connected to Finland. Some of the children playing there are fifth-generation descendants of Kaarlo Syväntö, a Finnish Christian who came to Israel in 1946 with a great calling and vision to help the Jewish people. He and one of his sons lived in the very building which currently houses the daycare center.

 

Amazingly, the upgrade of the children’s play area with colorful new playground equipment was made possible through generous support from our faithful Christian donors in Finland.

“We want to thank your donors for being an ongoing part of history”, remarked Pastor Daniel Yahav at the dedication. “The vision that was started back then is continuing today. We all have the privilege of joining in and continuing this chain of saints and donors and prayer supporters over so many years. So, a big thank you on behalf of all these kids who will continue by God’s grace to enjoy this place.”

“This is very exciting, and we are very glad to be a part of it”, responded Nicole as she watched the children scramble up the jungle gym and race down their new slides. “It is wonderful to be able to walk with you and be a blessing to your community.”

Thanks to your support, the Christian Embassy is able to carry out this and many other Aid projects which give a hope and a future to Israeli communities. Please continue to give towards the work of the ICEJ by donating to our “Future and Hope” fund.
 

 

Christian Embassy brings 65 South African Jews home to Israel

On Thursday (16/12/21), the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem sponsored a rescue flight for 65 South African Jews who were allowed to make Aliyah to Israel even amid the current tight travel restrictions. The flight tickets were funded through a special donation of the ICEJ-South Africa branch, and marked our second emergency Aliyah flight for South Africa Jews this year, following a group of 87 immigrants who landed in July in the wake of nationwide riots and looting.

This latest flight caps an outstanding year for the ICEJ’s Aliyah and Absorption efforts, as we have assisted nearly 4,000 new Jewish immigrants from over 20 countries worldwide in moving to Israel, including our sponsorship of Aliyah flights for over 1,500 olim (newcomers) from all around the world. These figures represent about 13% of the estimated 27,000 Jews who immigrated to Israel this year, and it also means that the ICEJ helped on average about 10 Jews per day move to Israel in 2021.

Among the highlights of our Aliyah activities this year, on the very first day of January 2021 the ICEJ helped fund a flight of 300 Ethiopian Jews who arrived as part of “Operation Rock of Israel.” The urgent airlift brought a total of 2,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel over a four-month period, and the Christian Embassy sponsored flights for more than 500 of these new arrivals. One of the passengers on the plane was a young Ethiopian boy who immediately underwent live-saving heart surgery for a congenital heart defect.

In March, a group of 226 Jewish immigrants from across the former Soviet Union landed at the re-opened Ben-Gurion Airport on a ‘rescue flight’ arranged by The Jewish Agency for Israel and sponsored by the Christian Embassy.

In April, the Christian Embassy funded a special Aliyah evacuation flight from Kazakhstan with 102 Jewish immigrants on board.

In May, the ICEJ welcomed some 250 Jewish immigrants from a dozen countries who were part of a special ‘Aliyah Super Week’ arranged by JAFI just days after the latest Gaza rocket war ended.

Other Jewish immigrants arrived on ICEJ-sponsored Aliyah flights over the summer, including 32 immigrants from France in June, plus 87 from South Africa and 30 from the USA and Canada in July.

In October, the ICEJ provided Aliyah flights for 105 young Jewish students from the former Soviet republics who were part of the Naale and Sela programs offered by the Jewish Agency.

In addition, this year the ICEJ also assisted with several large Aliyah flights bringing 212 members of the Bnei Menashe community from northeast India, in conjunction with JAFI and Shavei Israel.

Meantime, the ICEJ provided assistance to more than 2,000 other Jewish immigrants this year at the pre-Aliyah and Absorption phases. Our assistance with pre-Aliyah preparations included sponsoring summer youth camps, Aliyah Weekends, Hebrew classes, connecting flights, and transportation to airports. After arrival, the ICEJ helped many of these new immigrants with quarantine costs, scholarships for students, certification classes for professional licenses, home computers for remote learning, furnishings for apartments, and many other means of assistance.

Overall in 2021, the ICEJ helped to bring new Jewish immigrants from Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, India, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States and several other countries.

Looking ahead to 2022, the Christian Embassy is currently poised to help with the urgent airlift of 3,000 Ethiopian Jews out of war-torn Ethiopia, according to the plan recently approved by the Israeli cabinet. Please consider a generous gift to help with this historic and humanitarian operation to airlift Ethiopian Jews out of danger and reunite them with their families already in Israel.
 

THE YEAR IN REVIEW

As we look back at the past year, there were many unique challenges to our ministry in 2021 both here in Israel and worldwide due to the continuing impact of the global pandemic. But with your support and prayers, the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem was able to accomplish so much more than we could have anticipated.

JANUARY
Over 700 pastors and ministry leaders from around the globe took part in the ICEJ’s Envision conference in January, marking our highest-ever participation rate at this annual gathering. Envision was held as primarily an on-line event, streaming out a timely, enriching series of Bible teachings, current affairs briefings, visits with Israeli officials, and panel discussions with local Jewish and Arab pastors.
FEBRUARY
Despite corona travel bans, the ICEJ started out the year by bringing hundreds of Ethiopian Jews to Israel, including one young Ethiopian boy who received life-saving heart surgery once in Israel. Between December 2020 and March 2021, the ICEJ sponsored flights for over 500 of the 2,000 Ethiopian Jewish immigrants who arrived in the “Operation Rock of Israel” airlift.
MARCH
With scores of Israelis struggling financially due to corona, the ICEJ carried out its largest-ever Passover holiday distribution to poor and disadvantaged Jewish families across Israel, while also delivering Easter gift baskets to Arab Christians throughout the Land.
APRIL
As Israel marked ‘Yom HaShoah’, its annual Holocaust Remembrance Day, several leading Israeli media reported on the ICEJ’s special Home for Holocaust Survivors in Haifa. The news outlets highlighted our team of Christian nurses and volunteers working at the Home, while one of the main Israeli TV channels aired a two-hour telethon to raise funds for the Home.
MAY
When Hamas in Gaza launched yet another rocket war on Israel, the Christian Embassy sprang into action by ordering 15 new portable bomb shelters, delivering protective vests and fire-fighting suits to first-responders in the front-line border towns, and staging pro-Israel rallies worldwide. And despite the conflict, the ICEJ welcomed Aliyah flights with some 250 Jewish immigrants from a dozen countries just days after the fighting ended.
JUNE
The Christian Embassy welcomed the move of the Embassy of Honduras to Jerusalem and delivered our prestigious Cyrus Award to visiting President Juan Carlos Hernandez for his principled decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
JULY
The ICEJ joined with charitable partners to open Israel’s first National Call Center to serve the urgent needs of Holocaust survivors nationwide. The center is located near our Home for Holocaust Survivors in Haifa, and plans are underway to open another call center in Jerusalem.
AUGUST
This year the ICEJ marked twenty-five years since the launch of our Homecare program, which provides in-home visits and nursing care for elderly and disabled Russian Jewish immigrants. In the lead-up to the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashana), ICEJ Homecare delivered holiday baskets to dozens of our elderly and handicapped patients across Israel.
SEPTEMBER
The ICEJ hosted its annual Feast of Tabernacles celebration as an online event, offering a Sukkot journey to key biblical sites across Israel. Many of our Feast participants worldwide built their own sukkahs (booths) to mark the holiday.
OCTOBER
The ICEJ continued to assist Jews making Aliyah to Israel at a record pace this year, including support for a group of 275 Bnei Menashe immigrants from India who arrived this month, along with more than 100 high school graduates from Russia and other former Soviet republics. Other recent arrivals on ICEJ-sponsored Aliyah flights included 32 immigrants from France in June, plus 87 from South Africa and 30 from North America in July.
NOVEMBER
ICEJ delivered some of the 36 new portable bomb shelters donated by Christians worldwide since the Gaza conflict in May, with a focus on protecting vulnerable Israeli communities along both the Gaza and Lebanese borders.
DECEMBER
The Christian Embassy worked with Israeli authorities to prepare for an urgent airlift of 3,000 Ethiopian Jews. In 2021, the ICEJ provided assistance for Aliyah and integration to more than 4,000 new Jewish immigrants to Israel from over 20 countries worldwide, including sponsored flights for more than 1,500 new arrivals.

These are examples of our many projects, events and ministry highlights over the past year. With your support, we are bringing Jews home, helping settle them in the Land, caring for Holocaust survivors, protecting vulnerable Israeli communities, and impacting churches and nations around the world.

‘Tis the Season for Christmas Holiday Gifts

During the Christmas season this December, the ICEJ is taking part in holiday distributions to local Arab Christian families throughout the Holy Land. Recently, a group of Embassy staff visited Nazareth where they worked with a local church to pack some 450 beautiful gift bags for delivery on Christmas Eve to children from underprivileged Israeli families in Nazareth and Haifa. In all this holiday season, the ICEJ is funding gift packages for 1,000 children, plus food baskets for 100 Arab Christian families and gift cards for 88 more families in need, from the Galilee down to Jerusalem and Bethlehem. You can join us in showing love to more deserving Israeli families by donating to our “Giving a Future and Hope” campaign.

ICEJ surprises Ethiopian families with popular teff bread

Due to the civil war and worsening famine conditions in Ethiopia, it has become difficult for the Ethiopian Jewish community in Israel to obtain a daily staple of their diet – teff flour for baking their traditional flat bread. The special grain is only grown in the Horn of Africa, but exports from Ethiopia to the community in Israel have recently stopped. Yet this week, the ICEJ had the chance through a key contact to purchase a ton of teff flour and distribute it among 200 Ethiopian immigrant families at a gathering arranged by Israeli social workers in Netanya. The flour is so popular among the Ethiopian community here in Israel that the event turned into a very festive gathering, with a musical performance, a clown for the children, and a large communal meal featuring everyone’s favourite – teff bread!

The ICEJ is continuing to assist with the historic return of the Ethiopian Jewish community to Israel by sponsoring Aliyah flights, as well as supporting new Ethiopian immigrants during their often long and difficult integration process into the country. Please help with our Ethiopian Aliyah and Absorption efforts by giving at: on.icej.org/aliyah
 

Memories of Hanukkah

Over the past eight days of Hanukkah, candle lights have been flickering in the windows of homes all across Israel, while in the streets and squares larger Hannukiah menorahs with their distinctive nine candlesticks have shone brighter with each passing night. Every evening, the center candle – called the shamash or “servant lamp” – lights the other candlesticks at sunset.

The festival of Hannukah is a time to remember and celebrate the miracle that occurred when the Second Temple was rededicated in the days of the Maccabean victory over forced Hellenism. Although there was only a small vial of oil sufficient to light the Temple’s Menorah for one day, miraculously this oil lasted for eight days!

In addition to cheerful singing and dancing as the candles are lit, the sweet delights of sufganiyot (donuts) deep fried in oil are plentiful!

During this time of the Hanukkah celebration, our ICEJ Homecare team continues their dedicated weekly visitations to the elderly Russian Jews who so often feel sidelined by society.

Most of these elderly immigrants survived the horrors of the Second World War. For many of them, that dark period has remained an unprocessed low point of their life, casting a shadow to this day.

“We may not be aware of it, but every Holocaust survivor is a miracle. Many of them are the sole survivors of a family, of a generation, and sometimes even of an entire community”, Corrie van Maanen, ICEJ Homecare nurse, recently explained.

Zachar is all alone in Israel. He is a blind 95-year-old Holocaust survivor who so looks forward to his Homecare visits, and Corrie knows that a cup of tea will always be waiting for her when she visits!

As they sit together, he carefully begins his Hannukah story, searching the memories stored in his heart.

“I was five years old. My grandparents were religious”, recalled Zachar. “My grandfather had a purse and when it was Hanukkah, he took out a 'kapeika' (coin) for us. Together with my sister, she was two years older, we were allowed to go to the grocery store to buy special small cookies with that money.”

He gestures with his fingers to show how small the cookies were.

“I was standing close to my sister, and she had to buy them. When we got home, our little brother was waiting for us to share in the goodies. The years before I was born, there had been violent pogroms, and mother and father had to hide.”

Pondering a moment, Zachar continued.

“Our beautiful Hanukkah candlestick was gone, everything was stolen. My father had made a hanukkiah from a potato, with a hole in it, a little oil and a fuse.”

Zachar pauses once more, as if he sees it all again.

“I had lovely parents. They loved us children. I remember it all so well because after the Communists took over, our lives were full of fear.”

Zachar slowly drinks his tea, enjoying each sip as he savors every moment of his Homecare visit. While telling this story from his life, more than 85 years later in his kitchen in Jerusalem, it’s as if the dust is being blown off events that happened so long ago. In Zachar’s life, there have been many situations in which the God of Israel provided him protection and kept him from evil. And despite much suffering, he also has been able to experience miracles.

These dear elderly immigrants to Israel are very precious in the Lord’s sight. We know He cares for the most vulnerable of His people and does it through the kindness and care we are giving with your support. Thank you for your sharing in this undertaking to touch these lives, bring light into their world, and lift their hearts.

Israeli Cabinet Approves Ethiopian Airlift

This week, the Israeli cabinet approved plans to bring home 3,000 more Ethiopian Jews in an emergency airlift out of war-torn Ethiopia. The Jewish Agency for Israel has requested the assistance of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem with this massive operation expected in the coming weeks, and we are reaching out to Christians worldwide for your help with this urgent, historic wave of Aliyah.

The decision to evacuate the 3,000 Jewish immigrants came amid reports of an escalation in the civil war in Ethiopia, with the president recently declaring a nationwide state of emergency and even going personally to the front lines to lead the battle against the rebel Tigray militia. This has led to growing calls from within the local Ethiopian Jewish community in Israel for an “Operation Solomon II.”

The most vocal advocate for such an airlift has been Pnina Tamano-Shata, the current Minister of Aliyah and Integration who arrived in Israel from Ethiopia herself at age three in an emergency airlift in the 1980s. There were reports she was even ready to quit the Bennett-Lapid government if her evacuation pleas were turned down.

Under the agreement reached by Tamano-Shata and Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked, the government will bring 3,000 of the Ethiopian Jews still living in transit camps in Addis Ababa and Gondar, provided they arrived in the camps more than ten years ago and also have first-degree relatives already living in Israel.

The new cabinet decision will help implement an earlier government resolution from 2015 to bring home to Israel the last 9,000 eligible ‘Falash Mura’ – Ethiopian Jews whose ancestors were coerced to convert to Christianity several generations back. Over 4,000 have already been brought to Israel – more than half of them on Aliyah flights sponsored by the ICEJ. The current plans will bring another 3,000 “in the coming weeks,” leaving 2,000 or so to bring at a later stage.

The Jewish remnant still in Ethiopia have been living in run-down transit camps waiting for up to two decades now to finally be reunited with their families who have already reached Israel. This gives us an opportunity to help lift them out of poverty and the growing dangers of the raging conflict, as well as to bring loved ones back together after many painful years of separation.

The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem has pledged to be an active partner in this emergency airlift by offering to sponsor at least 200 Ethiopian Jews on the first flights coming out of Addis Ababa. With your help, we can bring home even more Ethiopian Jews, so they can reach safety in Israel and finally rejoin their families in the Promised Land.

Please give your best gift today to help with this urgent and historic Aliyah operation.

 

Hanukkah Sameach

On behalf of all the staff at the ICEJ here in Jerusalem, I want to wish all of our Jewish friends around the world a very happy Hanukkah.

We join with the Jewish people in celebrating this special holiday, which recalls the miraculous provision the people of Israel enjoyed when the “sons of Zion” prevailed over the “sons of Greece” during the time of the Maccabees (Zechariah 9:13).

Furthermore, we call on our global constituency to tirelessly lift up Israel in prayer, trusting in the Almighty for His continued provision for the nation and to complete His work of making Jerusalem a praise in the earth.

Hanukkah Sameach!

Dr. Jürgen Bühler
ICEJ President

ICEJ delivering 36 new bomb shelters to vulnerable Israeli towns

The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem is currently delivering thirty-six new portable bomb shelters to Israeli border communities which are especially vulnerable to rocket and mortar fire from Gaza and Lebanon. The funds for these three dozen new shelters have all been raised from Christians worldwide in the past six months since the last Hamas rocket war in May.

With these new shelters, the ICEJ has now donated at total of 161 bomb shelters to Israeli communities under rocket threat since 2008, with the majority (130) placed in towns along the Gaza periphery and the remaining shelters deployed in the North.

Over the past decade, the Negev region has received most of the attention from government and private sources seeking to better protect the local civilian population from frequent rocket barrages. Working in partnership with Operation Lifeshield, the Christian Embassy has placed dozens of mobile bomb shelters in communities in the Gaza envelope, stretching from Kerem Shalom in the south all the way up through Sderot and Ashkelon. Most have been donated to schools, daycare centers, medical clinics, youth centers, community halls, university campuses, factories and other public places which cannot operate during times of crisis without adequate bomb shelters.

However, the need for more bomb shelters in the North has become an increasing concern, especially due to the severe lack of public shelters and Lebanon’s growing economic crisis. Thus, the Christian Embassy is increasing its efforts to assist towns in the northern Galilee and Haifa regions to protect their most vulnerable communities.

A State Comptroller report issued last year warned that 2.6 million residents of northern Israel do not have access to functional bomb shelters. While there have been efforts to upgrade existing shelters, the state budget has provided little funding to add new and better shelters, due in part to the instability of Israel’s government over recent years and the priority given to resupplying the IDF’s Iron Dome batteries, the report concluded.

The need for more shelters is most acute in the towns right along the northern border with Lebanon, which are prone to shorter range rockets that cannot be stopped by the Iron Dome system. This hilly, forested area contains a diverse mosaic of Jewish, Arab and Druze towns which are desperately looking for funding to provide better protection for their communities. Other areas of concern are the Jewish and Arab farming villages in the Zevulun regional council just east of Haifa, which are close to strategic facilities – such as oil storage tanks and chemical plants – which Hizbullah is expected to target in any future conflict.

Currently, the Christian Embassy is delivering some of its 36 new shelters to public places in Haifa, Akko, Kfar Maccabi and elsewhere – all in consultation with local authorities, security chiefs and social agencies. This week, for instance, two new bomb shelters were delivered and dedicated on Tuesday (11/23) at the Israel Tennis Center facilities in Akko (Acre), which teaches tennis and other sports to Jewish and Arab youths from disadvantaged families.

Just in recent weeks, the ICEJ has delivered bomb shelters to several Jewish and Arab communities in the Zevulun region, as well as to kibbutzim and moshavim along the Gaza border. This includes: Kibbutz Usha (two kindergartens); Kibbutz Nahal Oz (guard tower); Kibbutz Or HaNer (security gate); Kibbutz Beror Chayil (soccer field); Kibbutz Nir Am (museum and café); and Moshav Mictachim (tomato packing farm).

Since the latest rocket war with Hamas in Gaza back in May, the ICEJ has received donations for new bomb shelters from Christians in dozens of countries, most notably from Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Fiji, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, South Africa, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and United States.

“Many Israelis living along the Gaza border have told us that these mobile bomb shelters indeed save lives and give their families the peace of mind they need to continue their daily lives under the constant threat of rocket attacks,” said ICEJ President Dr Jürgen Bühler. “We now want to focus more on the need for additional bomb shelters to protect civilians in the North. The existing public shelters are not enough and these portable shelters are an effective way to provide greater security to the smaller towns and villages in the Galilee and Haifa regions that are often overlooked.”

“In selecting where to place these shelters, the Christian Embassy looks to meet other social needs in the community as well, such as helping the tennis center in Akko which gives sports lessons to disadvantaged youths,” added Dr Bühler. “We also are pleased to promote Jewish-Arab coexistence by sharing these shelters among the diverse communities in the North.”

To view larger photos of the recent bomb shelter deliveries, go to: facebook.com/ICEJofficial/

To make a donation towards more portable bomb shelters for Israeli communities under rocket threat, please give to our ‘Israel in Crisis’ fund.
 

 

CREDIT PHOTOS to: Christian Embassy/Operation Lifeshield

Igniting creativity in Israel’s elderly

Growing elderly in a land that you have immigrated to may be daunting and far from a comfortable thought.

Many of the Jewish immigrants arriving in Israel from such lands as Ethiopia, the former Soviet republics, South America, and Iran, are already advanced in age, and come only with their suitcases! They need to begin rebuilding their entire life from scratch, often facing significant economic and social challenges.

While retirement is often referred to as the ‘golden years’, many of these immigrants have not built up enough savings to see them through the fast-approaching retirement years, nor do they have a personal pension to sustain them for the rest of their lives. They soon find themselves in the dire situation where they need additional income simply to survive.

Here at the ICEJ, we have a heart for these low-income elderly Jewish immigrants and believe in restoring their dignity. When the occasion arose to give ‘a Future and a Hope’ to these senior citizens by empowering them through meaningful work opportunities, the Christian Embassy was quick to respond!

For nearly 300 low-income elderly people, mostly aged 80+ years, life can now look a little brighter when they get up in the morning.

Arriving by bus and train to an artisan workshop center in Jerusalem, they meet up with friends in a room full of chatter and look forward to a productive day of creating a wide range of Judaica and gifts from ceramics, jewelry, metalwork, papier-mâché and textiles. One by one, they head off to the respective rooms to perform their specific skills, to the highest quality of artisanship. The unique items produced by hand are sold on-site, as well as on-line.

Marsha is so grateful for this artisan center, which is a lifesaver for him. Arriving in Israel from Ethiopia along with his wife and their six children at the age of 67, he had no savings or trade. Speaking very limited Hebrew, he struggled with adjusting to a new way of life and for several years did odd jobs to earn an income. This was extremely difficult for him, as he was used to working in the fields to support his family.

He began working in the ceramics workshop at the artisan center at the age of 72. Although he knew how to paint, he found it quite challenging to paint dainty motifs on the ceramic items despite his determination to learn. However, his ceramic instructor noticed his unique patience for repeating abstract patterns. Soon she developed a new home décor product line to suit Marsha’s skills, and he now takes great joy in painting beautiful ceramic pieces with black dots and sparkling 24K gold accents!

Sixty-five percent of these elderly artisans have survived the Holocaust and others have walked across the Sudan to save their families from war and famine.

In addition to having a sense of purpose and creating a beautiful item of value, each artisan receives financial benefits which improve their standard of living by enabling them to pay for their housing, food and medication, and enjoy a little treat too! They also receive a travel pass, a nourishing hot meal each day, and a holiday bonus. For some, an annual day trip outside of Jerusalem is a definite highlight of the year!

Another artisan, Dinka, who is 87 years old, happily goes about fulfilling her duties in the bookbinding workshop. “This is the first time I am earning my own money. I am so proud and happy to be able to help my family in this way”, expressed Dinka.

Dinka was born and raised in a small agricultural village in the northern region of Ethiopia. She made Aliyah in 2004 along with her husband and their nine children. For a year and a half, they all lived in a crowded absorption center and later moved to Jerusalem. Although Dinka’s husband, Yosef, was so grateful to be in Israel, he found it a challenge to support his family and after five years, they desperately needed help. Hearing about the artisan center where there was an opportunity to earn an income, his journey as an artisan began, and he was later joined by Dinka. In the bookbinding workshop, Dinka has been trained in crafting recycled paper into beautiful greeting cards, notepads, and placemats.

“Not one of these elderly immigrants is excluded, even if they have limited skills in manufacturing or art”, explained Nicole Yoder, ICEJ’s Vice President for AID and Aliyah. “The centers offer professional training in many fields and develop new products and practices, enhancing their capabilities and diversifying their interests. The goal is to help the elderly to help themselves, and in this way empower them to be productive, earn money and live out their senior years with dignity.”

On average, the seniors participating in the artisan workshops come for an average of 10 years. With each passing year, tasks that were once easy to do may slowly become more difficult for the elderly artisan. As this occurs, new tasks are found to suit the artisan’s abilities, thereby maintaining their dignity and sense of worth. And, with a daily attendance of 85%, it is evident that these folks are motivated and love what they are doing!

Please join with the Christian Embassy as we support the grandmothers and grandfathers of Israel who struggle with few resources – whether they are immigrants or Holocaust survivors – and help restore their dignity, enabling them to have ‘a future and a hope’. To assist each elderly artisan costs approximately $180 per month. Your giving of any amount makes an enormous impact in their lives.
 

 

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