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We recently received a heart-warming letter from a high school in Jerusalem. The students who attend the technological high school are at high risk and come from low socioeconomic backgrounds. Most of the children come to school without having eaten any breakfast at home, due to financial and functional difficulties in their families. The school requested help from Vision for Israel, and we were able to provide breakfast for the children. Now the students are receiving sandwiches for breakfast, and they are learning much better without suffering from hunger until lunchtime.

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We me Hezi at a bar mitzvah event that we recently sponsored for terror victims. Hezi agreed to be interviewed by Barry and share his personal story with us.

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During Operation Protective Edge, Vision for Israel donated a hospital bed to the ICU at the Soroka Medical Centre. Last week we got to visit the hospital and see the bed in action.

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Our team went out to visit Holocaust survivors and give them aid for the winter, which includes radiators and warm blankets. We met precious people who suffer from severe medical problems along with their financial problems and who are still dealing with trauma from the war.

One of the ladies we met is Inna*, a widow who lives alone in a rented apartment off small stipends. Inna suffers from many medical problems and has a caregiver assisting her. She moved to Israel at an old age and has been struggling to learn Hebrew and integrate into Israeli society.

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Holocaust survivors have a special place in our hearts, and we care for them in many different ways. One of the ongoing projects we've been sponsoring is the social gatherings of Cafe Europa, which provides the survivors with a social-cultural meeting, activities, and food.

Last week, Cafe Europa celebrated its ninth year of activity. It was a festive event, with 150 survivors, and a team from VFI present as well. The participants enjoyed a reception with a violinist, lavish refreshments, and a main performance by a unique vocal group called the Jerusalem Barbershop Ensemble.

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Over the last few months, we have partnered with a children's village in the north of Israel for a special project. The village houses about 70 children who have been removed from their homes due to difficult circumstances such as abuse, violence, and neglect. In the village the children receive loving and caring treatment, but they still face the challenge of being removed from their homes. 

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Sooner or later in life, there comes a day when we have to say goodbye to our beloved parents, and we feel a need to fill the void that was left by preserving their memory. Recently Batya got to do just that.

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Recently, Barry and a team from VFI went to visit Beit Vax, a centre for the elderly and retired. A few months ago Vision for Israel donated 10 complete computer systems to the centre 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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Recently, an absorption centre 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 centre 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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