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Recently, Barry and a team from VFI went to visit Beit Vax, a center for the elderly and retired. A few months ago Vision for Israel donated 10 complete computer systems to the center for the elderly to use. Ariel, one of our team members, said: "A lovely team met us at the place. . . . The cooperation was wonderful. The manager told Barry about the importance of the computers for the elderly and noted how the computers help them stay connected to the wide world, to the grandchildren and the vast information that is available on the Web."

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The childhood innocence of Holocaust survivors was taken away from them and replaced with terrible and traumatic experiences. It's important for us to give them as many moments of joy and happiness as possible, to make up for the deprivation they encountered as children and to give them a break from their daily worries and difficulties.

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When Holocaust survivors arrive in Israel, they have already experienced horrendous horrors from the war, having been robbed of a sense of childhood and often having lost their relatives. They hope for peace and rest, to start a new life that will be painless and without need. Unfortunately, coping with the past never ends, and many of the survivors suffer from emotional difficulties, medical problems, and great financial burdens in their old age. Winter is especially challenging, and the elderly suffer much from the cold.

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No one with any sense of compassion is able to ignore the unbearable situation in Syria that has been going on for more than six years. Innocent children and citizens are living in fear and complete helplessness as they face destruction and the ongoing war.

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"Don't thank us all the time for hosting you. For Nechama and I, it's simply a great pleasure to have you in our home, especially the Bar and Bat Mitzvah children who are celebrating this special day. Bar/Bat Mitzvah is a very important ritual in the Jewish tradition. It is the moment that we take upon ourselves the yoke of mitzvot, transferring from the world of childhood to the world of adulthood..."

These were the opening words of Israel's President, Mr. Reuven Rivlin, at the Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony that was held in part at the President's house last week.

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Recently, an absorption center in the south of Israel received 22 families who were new immigrants. These families finished their journey from Ethiopia to Israel, and now they are beginning a new journey—being absorbed into the Israeli culture. For them, this is a dream come true after years of waiting in Ethiopia. The absorption center is welcoming the immigrants by directing them with the help of a professional team. Along with the families came 63 children who are making their way into the Israeli education system.

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Vision for Israel recently sponsored a Hanukkah celebration for terror victims. See below to read what Batya thought of the event.

 

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Three hundred students in grades 7–12 attend a school in Beit Shemesh. Most of the children come from populations with low socioeconomic status, and the school aims to provide higher education and offers studies in the computer field. A few years ago, the school established a special learning room where the teens receive reinforcement through individual learning and small groups for students at risk of dropping out. The special room was designed to be softer and warmer than a regular classroom and is open until late at night.

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As part of our ongoing activity, Vision for Israel donates medical and emergency supplies to hospitals and medical centers. About three years ago we donated a Vscan device to HaEmek Medical Center. Recently they asked us for another donation for the urological department. The device will enable the caregivers to treat patients without having to move them, therefore making the treatment a bit more comfortable.

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It is not too often that we receive requests for aid that are supremely urgent—but this week we did. 

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