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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Summer Joy

Posted on 7/14/2013 by in israel Israel Today Children Vacation support
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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.

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