My family would like to wish each of you the most blessed New Year, IY"H, filled with good health, happiness, hatzlacha (luck), parnasa (prosperity) and shalom (peace).
20 Years in Israel
This week marks the 20th anniversary of our family's Aliyah (photo at left, 1992). We thank Hashem for giving us the privilege of living in Eretz Yisrael. B"H, we have worked for the past 20 years to be worthy of that zechut (merit).
Our family wanted to remember this blessing in a special way, so we reflected back on the highlights of our 20 years here – our activities and activism in Torah, education, service, Eretz Yisrael, tzedakah (charity) and chesed (good deeds). B"H, bli ayin hara!!
Together, as a family, we have put together a list of 20 Israeli charities - from across the Jewish spectrum (just like our family) - in which we have been involved. This is our achdut tzedakah (unity charity) list.
We have decided to make a 20 Year Anniversary Project and LAUNCH our NEXT 20 YEARS of chesed (acts of loving kindness). We asked anyone who wished to join in our 20-something charity idea to come on board, and we hope that together we'll all be able to make a difference - and not even in the amount of money, but the idea of unity between different communities and different social needs here in Israel.
Anyone and everyone can join in our 20-something campaign – (with 20 of anything - 20 NIS, 20 dollars, 20 rubles, $20,000 :), even 20 coins of whatever – you get the idea – something TWENTY).
All these dollars, shekels, rubles, euros, pesos will be combined, divided by 20, and sent equally to each of the projects listed below (in alphabetical order).
Two of our friends volunteered to manage the 20s. We thank them, and we hope they'll be very busy.
20 OF THE CHARITIES WE HOLD DEAR
1. Alut Jerusalem Hostel
2. Beit HaLochem soldiers' rehabilitation
3. Beit Knesset Talmon
4. Beit Knesset Tiferet Avot
5. Beit Sefer Even Ezer in Nocham
6. Beit Sefer Orot Etzion in Efrat
7. Committee for Gush Katif Bridal Showers
8. Dames of the Dance kimcha d'pischa thru Keren Gush Etzion
9. Keren Efrat projects
10. Keren Yeshua chesed program
11. Keter Melucha Seminary for Russian girls in Ramot
12. Kupat Matan Bseter Meitzad
13. Meitzad Kehilla Project
14. Pina Chama soldiers hospitality hut
15. Raise Your Spirits Theatre
16. Sderot Media Center
17. Women for Israel's Tomorrow (Women in Green )
18. Yesha Canine security program
19. Yeshiva Ateres
20. Yeshiva Kol Torah
Our family is proud of the way we've spent the past 20 years in Israel, and look forward to the next 20 and beyond, IY"H.
If you'd like to join in our 20s project, just email me and let me know.
Meanwhile, you (our readers and friends) are all a part of what has made the last 20 years so special for us.
Our best wishes for a happy healthy prosperous and peaceful new year.