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Last week, a fair was held in a beautiful neighbourhood 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 centre. The booth hosted diverse activities that represented the culture of the Eastern European Jews before World War II.

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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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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 centre 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 centre 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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Recently, Stephanie wrote to tell us how much she and her nine-year-old son, Nathan, enjoy the show.  She wrote, "Thank you so much for bringing your love, gorgeous country, beautiful people, and marvelous foods into my home each week.  You bless my day with your blessed program and your love – it comes flooding through the TV airwaves, and it is very evident that Christ/Yeshua fills your hearts.  You are truly an extension of Yeshua reaching out to many in your homeland – the blessed and magnificent Israel, as well as reaching out lovingly with Yahweh's love across the globe."

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