29 July

Dimona: The Israel that People Don’t Think About

Sunday July 27: JG, a friendly woman in her 50s, lives in a poor section of the poor Israeli city of Dimona (famous for its nuclear facilities). She told me this afternoon that six and half years ago her daughter finally decided to divorce her husband. The police...
27 July

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,...
21 July

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

This project is financed by the resources of OU Israel and by general contributions made to the OU Israel Emergency Fund. This report relates to activities in Sderot, Bet Shemesh and Ramat Bet Shemesh. All of these workshops took place between July 16-20. There is more work that needs...
17 July

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

Photos by Abba Richman Planning this fun day wasn’t easy. It seemed that every time there was a siren or Code Red alert, another teen cancelled. They’re nervous. And their parents re-thought their permission. In the end 70 teens from Oraita in Ofakim and Makom BaLev in Sderot and Kiryat...
15 July

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...