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There's a club in Jerusalem for singles from ages 40–60 who have intellectual disabilities and suffer from poverty, social exclusion and a lack of daily or weekly routines. The club provides them with an accepting place where they can receive a meal, personal attention and social enrichment. Vision for Israel has been supporting the club for three years with the goal of helping these individuals to enhance their social skills and help them more fully integrate into society. 

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In the month of October, the Holocaust survivors at the Cafe Europa social club enjoyed a variety of different activities: a lecture and presentation about the freedom to choose while studying scientific literature and Jewish writings; a lecture about using smartphones and apps and adding emergency contacts; and a "Yoga in a Chair" workshop, which was very successful and met with great interest from the attendees. The meetings had a good turnout and, as always, the survivors were treated to a light meal and refreshments.

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When we dedicated the Millennium Center, we invited Yitzhak (Name has been changed), the principal of a school for children at risk in Jerusalem, to set the mezuzah at our new center. We didn't know that he was also in the midst of constructing a new building for the school he's been running for many years. Yitzhak is a beloved and kind principal, and his personality is extraordinary. He is loving and has a huge heart and kind eyes.

 

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Our Rosh HaShanah aid project continues, and this time, our team vistited 120 terror victim families in Jerusalem. They thanked us and blessed us for coming. We'd like to share two stories that stood out among the many we heard.

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Last week, a fair was held in a beautiful neighborhood in Jerusalem, Emek Refa'eem. Thousands of people attended the event, and Cafe Europa (the English-speaking group of Holocaust survivors) had a booth at the fair called Yiddish Cafe, or Coffee in Yiddish, located in the center. The booth hosted diverse activities that represented the culture of the Eastern European Jews before World War II.

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Some of the families in our database have been with us for many years, and we make sure to support them even more during the holidays. As part of our Rosh HaShanah aid project, we met the families in central Jerusalem and gifted them with magnetic cards loaded with money to help them with the large expenses that come with the holidays. 

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Dear Friends and Partners,

When you’re running a marathon, you need something to boost your energy to get through that last mile.  One of our very dear friends and long-time partners has given VFI just such a boost as we start the last mile of our journey to completing the Millennium Centre:  they have offered to match any funds we receive before the 30th of September 2017!

Here are some quotes from the donor's letter to all of you:

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We are moving full speed ahead with our distribution for the high holidays. We recently visited Holocaust survivors in Holon. These precious survivors have gone through very difficult experiences as children, leaving them with physical and emotional scars. Vision for Israel is supporting the survivors and helps them in various ways so they can live a life of dignity. 

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Now that kids are back in school and enjoying their new backpacks from the Pack to School project, we have begun our money voucher distribution for the high holidays. Our first distribution took place at a center for the blind in Jerusalem. Nearly 50 families received financial aid for the holidays. We were delighted to meet the recipients in person and hear their life stories. We met some inspiring people who are positive and active in their society and workplaces, who don't let their limitations stop them.

 

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When a person gets injured in a terror attack, the ripple effect impacts their family's future mentally, physically and financially. Many times the injuries bring high expenses, and many times the victims lose their ability to work, thus losing their source of income.

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