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 on July 23. He was 24 when he was killed in action in Gaza on Shabbat, July 19. He was proud to be a sharpshooter in the Golani Brigade.
Most of the crowd did not know Steinberg. They came because someone sent them an email or they saw something on Facebook or in their newspaper.
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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.
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.
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.
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?”
Oraita and Makom BaLev moadonim in towns within close range of rockets from Gaza are finding innovative ways to help their communities. This includes Ofakim, Dimona, Yeruham, Sderot, Kiryat Malachi and Kiryat Gat.
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.
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.
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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