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There are about 215,000 Holocaust survivors living in Israel today. Many of them suffer from loneliness, financial distress, and health problems. Vision for Israel made it our goal to support and help the Holocaust survivors in Israel, to relieve them and make it possible for them to live the rest of their lives with dignity.

Vision for Israel has different projects that are carried out throughout the year:

 

Cafe Europa Social Club

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Many terror victims suffer from financial difficulties due to the physical and emotional trauma they went through. Many have lost family members who have been cut out of their lives in one cruel moment.

Passover is one of the most festive holidays of the year, a time to spend with family, but for the victims of terror it can be one of the hardest times of the year, when they feel the loss and pain in full force.

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Passover is one of the most important holidays in Israel. The Seder night and the following week are a special time for gathering with family and loved ones. But with this joyous holiday come big expenses. Unfortunately, many families in Israel living in poverty are not able to purchase the necessary food items for the holiday. Each year, a team from VFI distributes financial aid to make it possible for these families to purchase food and rejoice in the holiday.

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One of the greatest commandments of Purim is to rejoice and be glad!  Vision for Israel, which often supports victims of terror, is dedicated to fulfilling this mitzvah. For Purim, Vision for Israel sponsored a joyful evening full of laughter and fun to give terror victims a break from their daily hardships. The celebration was done in cooperation with another organization, and the attendants were offered special bus rides from all over the country. Hundreds of people came dressed in costumes and enjoyed a nice meal, a costume competition, and a raffle with prizes.

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Recently we visited a sweet family of new immigrants from Ethiopia. The mother, Miriam*, welcomed us into her home. She is a beautiful and intelligent woman with a big smile, who shared with us her family's difficulties.

The family of four lives in a small storage room that was converted into a living quarter. There is one small bedroom, where the parents and children sleep in one bed, along with a living room and a tiny kitchen. The apartment is lacking basic electrical appliances, as well as furniture such as closets, a dining table, and chairs.

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The entire main street of a village in Megadim was decorated with special, colourful decorations for a Purim party. As the children came back from school, all dressed up in their various costumes, which were generously donated by Vision for Israel, they were greeted by the celebratory atmosphere. Upbeat music was playing while the children had the chance to enjoy a variety of games, riddles, and competitions. When they were exhausted from participating in the fun activities, they were invited to enjoy specials treats in special mishloach manot, or gift baskets.

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Barry Segal recently met with the organization that oversees the Holocaust survivors and Holocaust refugees in Israel. He was amazed to find out there are still over 200,000 survivors alive in Israel! Of that number, at least 50,000 are living in poverty, and they all mostly have pressing needs. One of these great needs is a special alarm button to be installed in the survivors' apartments that can alert the fire department, first responders, and police in case of an emergency. We at VFI are looking in to seeing how we can help.

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An elementary school in Jerusalem enrols 130 students with learning disabilities who come from low socioeconomic backgrounds, many who grow up in boarding schools or foster families. The school acts as a loving home and provides for all their needs. Vision for Israel has been supporting this school for a few years, and we recently donated a visit to the Mini Israel park. It was the first time that the students were able to visit the park.

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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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