What time is it? It's summer time! Israel's children look forward all year to the long vacation. There is no shortage of sunshine, and so many activities to choose from. First of all, there is every parent's favorite: summer school! Then, there are week-long nature camps, and day camps featuring a plethora of hobbies and crafts.
There is so much family fun to be had on the beaches and in the water parks, at the zoo, hiking and picnicking in the National Parks, studying the stars, and taking in history, science and art at the museums. There are sand sculptures to see, theme parks to visit, the entire Negev to explore, colorful kites to fly in Jerusalem ... and indulging Israel's national summer pastime of eating ice cream!
Idyllic!! Or, so it should be. In many capitalist-based countries in the world today, recreation has become the preserve of the rich. Socialist elements in Israel's financial system of provision for its citizens (thank you, Golda Meir!) ensure that a majority of families are able to enjoy at least some of the recreational facilities the country has to offer.
Sadly, however, more than one-third of Israel's children, and around 25 percent of Israeli families, are classified as living on or below the poverty threshold. Israel's Government, necessarily focused on war, makes every effort to deal with the causes. As it is everywhere in the world, due to overriding circumstances, success is not always timeous. Too many children will not be able to enjoy summer activities without additional financial help. For just $15, you can bring summer joy to a child in Israel who otherwise might not even have life's basic provision - or for whom summer fun is an unaffordable dream. Click here * AND all vacation long, Israel Today will match your donation, showering a 'double blessing' on those who deserve it most.