Every year approximately 300 babies are abandoned in the hospitals of Israel shortly after their birth. This happens because of different reasons: a problematic family background, medical problems of infants, abuse, drug addiction of mothers or other circumstances. But in all cases, the newborns are left alone in the hospitals without a warm hug, a happy song, a kind word or maternal care.
More and more immigrant children, from almost every country in the world, are growing up in Israel today. The majority are Jewish, or have Jewish ancestry that is either paternal or maternal. A smaller percentage are the sons and daughters of Christian workers, in Israel to fulfill the biblical directive to comfort and bless the Jews. Some children accompany parents who are foreign workers in the Holy Land, particularly from Russia. Other children are the offspring of legal refugees.
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.