“On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves.” Zech 12:3
“The Lord shall reign forever - your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the Lord!” Ps 146:10
On December 25th, Cafe Europa welcomed Howie Kahn as their musical guest. In the early 1970s, Howie was the accompanying accordionist for Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach in concerts in both the United States and Israel. At the same time, Howie was a performer and producer of the Ruach Revival, which was one of the most popular Jewish music groups from that era. Today, Howie resides in Jerusalem, where he has been using music and movement to bring joy to senior citizens in centers throughout the city.
“The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart.” Ps 34:18
For Hanukkah this year, we sponsored a play, "Catching the Light", at a special ed school attended by 130 children. They learn in small classrooms, which enables them to receive special care and personal attention. Most of the students come from a low socio-economic background and some are children at risk, deprived in several aspects. We sponsored the play for these children out of the desire to enrich their lives, help them advance and bring them joy during Hanukkah.
Each year the number of terror victims in Israel increases. The lives of those attacked are turned upside down in one moment – affecting entire families. Finances take a serious blow, victims are faced with severe trauma, painful losses and many go through a long and exhausting rehabilitation process.
Recently, Vision for Israel partnered with Ma'agalim School, a special education school for girls at risk. There are 15 girls studying at the school, ages 10-15. They suffer from emotional problems, behavioral issues and learning disabilities. Most of the girls have been removed from their homes for different reasons, or do not have a home at all. The school provides the girls with a special learning environment suited for their needs. They also live at the facility, receiving care and rehabilitation there.
“The wicked plots against the just, and gnashes at him with his teeth. The Lord laughs at him, for He sees that his day is coming.” Ps 37:12-13
"Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life. You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes; with your right hand you save me.” Ps 138:7
Vision for Israel & The Joseph Storehouse team receives many dozens of thank-you letters throughout the year from those who have received aid from us. We are always so happy to read how people have been helped and comforted by our efforts. The first thank-you letter of 2017 was a great way to start our year. This story of hope and birth was written by a representative of Magen David Adom (Israel's national emergency medical service) from the American branch.