Open your mouth, judge righteously, plead the cause of the poor and needy.
SUFFERING UPON SUFFERING
Our role in post-corona Israel
The number of people living in poverty in Israel is alarming. It was a problem before the Coronavirus, but as the economy slowed—the effects have gotten even worse. And while recovery is well on its way for many, the poorest of the poor will continue to struggle for relief for the foreseeable future.
On April 12th, we met with the social welfare department for the Municipality of Jerusalem. We were shocked at their statistics:
- 60% of the population in west Jerusalem lives below the poverty level
- 80% of the East Jerusalem population lives below the poverty level
- 90% of the children of East Jerusalem live in poverty
The situation with war and terrorism in our region is similarly heartbreaking.
On April 13, we attended the Memorial Remembrance service at the Knesset for the fallen soldiers and victims of terror attacks. There we learned of a mother who had a dream at 5:16 AM that her son had been killed and died in battle with the Golani Brigade. Soldiers came to her house later that day to inform her of the tragic news.
I (Barry) had to wipe away the tears from my eyes and face with my face mask. I always forget to bring a tissue. It's only human to weep with those who weep.
My friends, we desperately need to help the suffering in Israel and we need your help to do it. Thanks to your amazing support, the work we do is purpose-driven and directly impacts our brothers and sisters in need. Whether it’s providing meals for poor children in east Jerusalem, or giving comfort to lone soldiers and victims of terror.
Together, we can rebuild Israel and the Middle East. We can make a difference.
Thank you for all you do in supporting our mission.
In His Service,
Barry & Batya