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15 Av 5766 - August 9, 2006 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Chessed Organizations Meeting the Needs of Northern Residents

by Yechiel Sabar, Betzalel Kahn and A. Cohen

With Katyusha missiles falling on towns and cities in the north of Eretz Yisroel for nearly a month, chessed organizations are busy helping families that fled south as well as others that stayed home, spending much of their days and nights in bomb shelters.

Ezer Mitzion set up a special campus in Netanya for 300 northern residents, providing all of their needs, including a variety of activities for children. "After several difficult, frightening days and nights in bomb shelters," says Rav Chananya Chollak, chairman of Ezer Mitzion, "finally these families arrived at a quiet, tranquil place where they can get some peace." The organization is also distributing 1,000 hot meals per day to families that remained in the North.

In Tzefas the local Chasdei Naomi branch went from one bomb shelter to the next, handing out food supplies. Following this dedicated effort, Mayor Yishai Maimon called Chasdei Naomi Chairman Rav Yosef Cohen to thank the organization.

Chasdei Naomi also set aside a room at Rechov Shlomo Hamelech 29 in Bnei Brak where people come to recite Tehillim together and pray for Am Yisroel's salvation.

Keren Yismach Moshe also distributed provisions and supplies to families holed up in bomb shelters, including blankets, mattresses, food, electrical devices and games.

In Jerusalem the Shalva organization, which takes care of children with special needs, took in dozens of children from the North, providing them devoted care and a range of activities.

The City of Bnei Brak's Volunteer Unit has organized a series of activities for the children of some 800 families from the North, most of them staying with friends and relatives. Mayor Rabbi Yissochor Frankentahl also arranged to make five schools available for large families that are hard to accommodate at private homes.

Hundreds of northern residents who attended Arachim seminars and have remained in contact with Arachim workers were invited to stay as guests of families in the central region. Many young men were offered the opportunity to take shelter in the tents of Torah at yeshivas in Bnei Brak and Jerusalem.

Beitar Illit Deputy Mayor Rabbi Meir Rubinstein organized a hospitality program for families from the North, including an entire kollel that relocated from Tzfas, and children received free kits with writing and drawing supplies and games courtesy of R' Menachem Gvirer, owner of the Kfar Hasha'ashu'im chain.


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