COVID-19 National Course of Action to Prevent Food Shortage in Israel
HaShomer HaChadash is a Zionist organization focusing on our collective obligation to take responsibility for the land of Israel, and the land in Israel. HaShomer HaChadash educates thousands of people on the spiritual, historical and strategic importance of the physical land of Israel. When the coronavirus erupted in Israel in the month of March, Israel closed its borders which meant that Palestinian day pickers were not allowed into Israel. This resulted in a shortage of 4,000 agricultural workers and posed a significant threat to Israel’s food security and to the ability of the farmers to make it through the crisis. The Ministry of Agriculture tapped HaShomer HaChadash to lead a national course of action whereby they recruited volunteers on a massive scale to help the farmers and to ensure that Israel wouldn’t find itself in a disastrous situation where there wouldn’t be enough fresh produce to feed its own people. They did this while complying with Ministry of Health guidelines – ensuring social distancing, proper hygiene, etc – all of which entailed additional costs for mobilizing volunteers. Learn More
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FSU Camping in Kishinev and After-school Enrichment in Moldova
The Jewish Agency’s FSU camping program in Kishinev and after-school enrichment programming in Moldova empower Jewish youth to deepen their sense of Jewish identity and commitment to Jewish life, Jewish community, and Israel. These programs strengthen Jewish life in the region, and our programs impact entire families as campers and students share their Jewish knowledge and introduce Jewish traditions into their homes.
Selah – Karmiel Absorption Center
“Selah” (a Hebrew acronym for “students before their parents”) is JAFI’s flagship “home away from home” residential program that facilitates the absorption of young immigrants from the former Soviet Union (FSU) who make Aliyah before their parents. Selah’s unique 10-month academic preparatory course provides olim with intensive Hebrew-language studies (ulpan), mathematics courses, SAT preparatory programs, cultural activities and absorption services, and a special course to prepare participants for university studies and service in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). The primary objective is to enable participants to achieve the grades and test scores they need to apply to Israel’s leading colleges and universities, and enlist in competitive units within the IDF, which afford unparalleled upward social mobility in Israeli society. Learn More
Shabbaton at the ORT Herzl Technology Lyceum in Kishinev, Moldova
ORT is a global education network driven by Jewish values. The annual Shabbaton at the ORT Herzl Technology Lyceum in Kishinev, Moldova heightens the sense of Jewish identity among ORT Herzl students and their families and encourages their further participation in Jewish activities and events organized by the school and the community. The Shabbatons serve ORT Herzl’s 6th-7th grade students and their families and, through them, the wider Kishinev Jewish community. Each Shabbaton is attended by approximately 120 participants including 70 students, 30 parents, 12 teachers and madrichim, and 8 external lecturers. Participants bring the knowledge and enthusiasm gained at the Shabbaton home to their families and, through them, to the wider Kishinev Jewish community. Learn More