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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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Vision for Israel recently received a sweet thank-you letter from an Arab pastor in Bethlehem who received backpacks for the children in his congregation:

 Greetings!

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We are continuing to work fervently on distributing school packs to children all over Israel whose families cannot afford to buy them new supplies. It's important for us to give them the opportunity to start at the same level as their peers. Last week we went to a day care center for children at risk in Mevaseret Tzion to meet these children, bless them and give them beautiful backpacks in person. Batya Segal said, "When we entered the place, we saw the kids joyfully playing outside despite the heavy heat. . . .

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Some families find a special place in our heart, and we do our best to help them break out of the circle of poverty. One of them is the Levi* family, whom we've been helping regularly over the last couple of years.

David*, the father, was severely injured after being stabbed all over his body in a terror attack in Jerusalem in 2013. He is now suffering from various disabilities and severe trauma and is unable to work. His wife, Michal*, was laid off from her job and is working hard cleaning homes. The family of six is struggling financially. 

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