New Year Messages from the Chairman & CEO

Israel Relief Aid Chairman, Max Veenstra

Few words are as well-known to Israelis as the lyrics of Hatikvah, meaning “The Hope”. I am always touched when the anthem is played and especially the word “hope” that so powerfully moves me.

When looking into the reality of today in Israel, we have to admit that there is a large group of people living with less or even no hope: the parents who cannot give a proper breakfast to their children, the Shoa survivors who live below the poverty line and have to choose between medicines or food, those who can not afford to buy clothing, visiting our aid distribution centers.

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Only 1 Day Left to be a Blessing to Israel in 2021

Your donation will be feeding the homeless living on the streets in Tel Aviv this month, and giving them jackets to keep them warm and dry.

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Shoes for Jerusalem

Jerusalem is filled with beautiful malls, every kind of store and quaint shop.  There’s no dearth of places to buy something.  So when in need of anything, it’s always easy to find . . . for the average person living here.

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When Shoes With Cleats Mean So Much

Soccer shoes have arrived in Israel for all those young people who have wanted to play soccer but didn’t have money for the sport shoes with cleats on the bottom.

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Rishon LeZion

South of Tel Aviv five miles lies the huge Israeli city of Rishon LeZion.  Rishon LeZion means “First to Zion” and was founded in 1882 by immigrants from the Russian empire in the first major aliyah to Israel. 

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Coastal Tel Aviv: Bat Yam’s Troubles

15,900 persons per sq.km live in Bat Yam and the total population is around 160,000, so it’s a relatively small city.  Soviet/Russian immigrants make up nearly 30 percent of the population.  It has been a city that has struggled over the years with poverty.

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Together, Let’s Help Israel’s Homeless

For the month of December, Israel Relief Aid will be reaching out to the poor at the Tel Aviv Homeless Café. 

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For Jerusalem

Israel Relief Aid got in an unusual item:  new soccer shoes (with the cleats under them for playing on grass)! 

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A Shuk in the Promised Land

In case you don’t know what a shuk is, it is an outdoor market where anyone can put up a table and sell their wares, farmers can sell produce from their fields, etc. 

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New Opportunity for Israel

In the Netherlands, this container is being loaded for Israel. Inside is new clothing and adult diapers. 

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