OU Solidarity Mission Spends Shabbat Masei in Sderot

OU Solidarity Mission Spends Shabbat Masei in Sderot

Astonishing. Overpowering. Inspiring. Loud. Unforgettable.

These are words that describe the OU Mission Shabbat in Sderot, 2 kilometers from Gaza border, and at its hesder yeshiva, whose students learn Torah and serve in the IDF.

Bomb shelters are everywhere in Sderot. Buildings, schools, playgrounds, and bus stops are made of thick, reinforced concrete, to protect residents against the relentless Kassam rockets which Hamas has been firing at them for more than a decade.

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28 July 2014 / 1 Av 5774

OU Solidarity Mission Spends Shabbat Masei in Sderot

Astonishing. Overpowering. Inspiring. Loud. Unforgettable.

These are words that describe the OU Mission Shabbat in Sderot, 2 kilometers from Gaza border, and at its hesder yeshiva, whose students learn Torah and serve in the IDF.

Bomb shelters are everywhere in Sderot. Buildings, schools, playgrounds, and bus stops are made of thick, reinforced concrete, to protect residents against the relentless Kassam rockets which Hamas has been firing at them for more than a decade.

Max Steinberg ז"ל: A Hero Who Rekindled the Zionist Spirit

An estimated 30,000 Israelis from all over the country paid their respects to Max Steinberg ז”ל who was buried in Jerusalem’s Mt. Herzl military cemetery today. He was 24 when he was killed in action in Gaza on Shabbat, July 19.

Post-Trauma Intervention for the War that Doesn’t End

A trauma intervention team recently visited towns in southern Israel that are constantly being shelled. They made a shocking discovery: The students in schools in these towns had never participated in any crisis intervention programs.

OU Israel with the support of the OU Israel Emergency Fund began holding workshops in these towns.

This is the first report based on post-trauma intervention workshops held in Sderot, Bet Shemesh and Ramat Bet Shemesh on July 16 and 20.

The next report will discuss workshops in Netivot.

From South to North: Fun Day for Makom BaLev and Oraita Teens

OU Israel arranged a “day away” for teens from Oraita in Ofakim and Makom BaLev in Sderot and Kiryat Gat. For teens who have been spending their days and nights in shelters, this was a dream.

"Why Did You Come Now?" Making Aliyah in July 2014

Anyone who has made aliyah has been asked this question at one time or another: Why did you come now?

Usually the oleh or olim involved answer the question by saying that it’s the right time for them or for their children. Or they give another personal response.

But what Israelis are really asking is, “Why did you come now when things are so bad?”

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Officer Cadets Visit The Gush

If you’re an Israeli soldier with limited exposure to Jewish history, to Torah, and to religious Jews, it may sometimes be difficult to understand what you’re fighting for and who you represent. Which is why OU Israel’s Mashiv HaRuach program brought a group of 250 soldiers to spend the day in Gush Etzion.

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Purim in Ramat Aviv

On Purim night, OU Israel’s Lev Yehudi program hosted an evening of grogger making, megillah reading and entertainment. Children came in costume and made noisemakers to drown out the name “Haman” as they listened to the scroll being read. Batman, Superman, Princesses, Butterflies, Minnie Mouse, Cats, Soldiers and more (and their parents) were in attendance.

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200 Pairs of Tefillin to Golani Soldiers

During Operation Cast Lead many soldiers saw, or found, God in the many miracles they witnessed, and sought protection from a force greater than themselves. Requests for tefillin poured in to the IDF Rabbinate. The OU, through their Mashiv HaRuach program helped fill the need. On January 18, 2009 200 pair of tefillin were delivered to soldiers serving in Israel’s Operation Cast Lead.

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Getting Together

Knowing only the differences that divide them, religious and secular school students gather, and talk, to learn about the similarities that unite them.

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Visit to Sderot - May 2008

Therapists worked with the teens of Sderot throughout the year. At the last session before summer break, the girls were still scared, but they felt stronger and better prepared to deal with fears, emotions and trauma of living with daily rocket fire.

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