The Jewish Agency is to donate 11 million shekels ($2.5 million) to residents of Sderot who have suffered from Kassam attacks. The contributions were raised by the United Jewish Communities and the Federations of North America.
The announcement came as Jewish Agency Chairman Zeev Bielski visited Sderot Mayor Eli Moyal on Sunday.
Three million shekels ($700,000) will allow 8000 children to attend Hanukkah camps in safer parts of the country and participate in other activities during their upcoming vacation. The Jewish Agency will also provide scholarships to 700 students who are registered at Sapir College.
Other programs are intended to keep children off the dangerous streets and provide alternative activities within protected areas. These alternative enrichment programs allow younger residents to stay within their communities.
“The residents of Sderot and the communities of the Gaza Perimeter are a model not only for the citizens of Israel, but for the Jewish communities worldwide,” said Bielski. “Therefore, it is especially important for world Jewry to contribute and augment their staying power. The Jewish Agency will continue to lead the efforts to assist and support the beleaguered residents.”