The Children are Our Heritage

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Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.
Psalms 127:3

In a few weeks Israel will be celebrating the joyous holiday of Purim. One of the main activities of this celebration is the sending of Mishloach Manot (Gift Baskets) from family to family. This holiday is one that is especially memorable for children. They will dress up in costume and participate in street parades.

Unfortunately, there are many children whose parents cannot afford to involve their children in this festive time as a result of their economic circumstances. Many children rely on basic nourishment at after school centers, where they congregate in the afternoons.

Israel Today has been committed for many years to ensuring a quality life for all Israeli children. This year, as in previous years, we will be concentrating our efforts to help children from needy families to enable them to enjoy this time of the year.

Through the generosity of our subscribers and readers of the magazine, Israel Today will be able to:

  • provide Mishloach Manot to needy families
  • support underprivileged children, for example, by providing meals and financing extra-mural activities

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Israel Today Works to Bring Joy to New Immigrant Children

Posted on 2/12/2013 by Miriam Cohen in israel Israel Today Jerusalem Purim Ethiopian children Absorption Center Mishloach Manot
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On February 23, 2013, the children of Israel will celebrate the redemption of the Jewish people with the holiday of Purim. The Israel Today offices are abuzz with activity, as we begin our preparations to help Israel’s children celebrate this festive holiday.

Many of Israel's Ethiopian population understand intimately the joy of redemption. Most of this new section of Israeli society was heroically airlifted from the oppression they faced in Ethiopia. In two harrowing missions – Operation Moses and Operation Solomon – Israel brought home the Ethiopian community, members of a lost tribe. Jewish immigrants from Ethiopia have been streaming home for decades now. But their transition is rarely easy. They face culture shock when attempting to integrate into Israel's unique East-meets-West culture when coming from home, where they often faced significant discrimination. Israel works to incorporate this community, and hosts several absorption centers throughout the country to help educate and support these individuals.

In order to help the hard-working children in these centers celebrate a joyous holiday, Israel Today is visiting three of these absorption centers throughout Jerusalem and its surrounding neighborhoods. 

Help us brighten the holiday for these young children, between the ages of three and seven, and contribute a mishloach manot, or holiday basket, by clicking here

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