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9 Tammuz 5766 - July 5, 2006 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Delegation of Zaka — Tel Aviv to Go to London

by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Accompanied by the blessings and encouragement of gedolei Yisroel, a delegation of representatives of the renowned organization Zaka-Tel Aviv set out for London to raise funds for their varied activities for the benefit of the living and the deceased, and particularly for underwriting their summer camp for special-needs children and victims of terror.

Zaka-Tel Aviv, the first and largest among the regional organizations in Israel, boasts some 200 volunteers, whose sole motivation is chessed shel emes, locating and attending to victims and bringing them to proper Jewish burial with dignity.

The organization's highly motivated volunteers, come from a broad spectrum of society and professions, spread over the entire greater Tel Aviv area where they are able to respond immediately to calls for assistance. They are found on the spot at terrorist attacks R"l but also in other incidents of unnatural death such as traffic or work accidents.

Zaka functions as a recognized public nonprofit organization according to paragraph 46 of the Israeli tax laws, run by a directorate, a supervisory committee, a legal advisor, and an accountant.

The organization receives no public funding and must underwrite its activities from the generosity of caring Jews. It is an independent organization with no connection to any other group with a similar name. Zaka-Tel Aviv is famous in Israel for its manifold activities — away from the spotlight, as is appropriate to its holy mission.

At the outbreak of the Intifadah they undertook to "adopt" children of terror-stricken families and provide them with special summer camps and recreational activities, in addition to their ongoing holy work of round-the-clock attendance to terror and accident victims.

Today, at the peak of their activities they are forced to undertake a fundraising campaign in Europe with London as their first stop.

The directors, Rav Zvi Rosenthal and Rav Chaim Rechnitzer, received enthusiastic letters of recommendation from rabbonim and askonim. In a special declaration to British Jews signed by HaRav Shmuel Eliezer Stern, dayan in HaRav Wosner's beis din, and HaRav Menachem Mendel Shafran, dayan in Bnei Brak, it says: "We have firsthand knowledge of the great work of these two selfless men who perform kindness with the living and the deceased, Rav Chaim Rechnitzer and Rav Zvi Rosenthal, heads of Zaka-Tel Aviv. The organization is run in a trustworthy manner in accordance with the halacha. They abide by the rabbinic decisions and cause a great Kiddush Hashem wherever they operate. This organization is totally independent and it is a great mitzvah to assist them in their holy work . . ."

The directors of Zaka-Tel Aviv look forward to their brothers in Europe opening their hearts and standing by them with their generous donations so that they can continue their work of Kiddush Sheim Shomayim.


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