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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Mini Israel

Posted on 8/8/2013 by in israel Israel Today Children Vacation support
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Any day of the week, family chatter and the happy shouts of children fill the air at Mini Israel. In its eleventh year of popularity, the park offers a tour of Israel in miniature. Conveniently situated in the foothills near Jerusalem, and just a half hour from Israel's tourist hub, Tel Aviv, the venue is accessible by car and by bus.

The layout of the park is in the shape of a Magen David (Star of David). Each triangle represents a different geographical area of Israel and exhibits historical, cultural and religious sites on a scale of 1:25 that are of importance to Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The models include miniature garden landscaping, action figures, sound and light. Signs are in Hebrew, English and Arabic. Recently, a 3D MiniMax aerial movie of Israeli sites has become an added attraction. A restaurant, coffee shop and kiosks offer refreshments, and gift shops sell souvenirs.

What more could an Israeli child want on a summer vacation day? But add up the return busfare for the typical larger Israeli family; the entrance fee, one price on tourist level for five years old and up; refreshments, even if these are prepared and brought from home; souvenirs – hard to refuse a little one's longing plea – and even a day's outing can make a significant dent in the average family's monthly budget. Recreation, however educational and family-oriented it may be, is an unaffordable luxury for too many children in Israel today.

For just $15 you can help a child in need in Israel. Click here *AND all this summer, Israel Today will match your donation. Let us bless the heart of God together.

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