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Featured Nonprofit: Jordan River Village, Israel

For the Jordan River Village in Israel it’s is all about the kids – giving them some of their childhood back, enhancing their sense of self-worth.JRV2

The Jordan River Village Mission is critical:

TJRVLogoo enrich the lives of children, suffering from serious illnesses and life-threatening conditions by creating free, fun-filled, memorable, empowering, medically sound and safe camping experiences.

The Village includes state-of-the-art, but unobtrusive, 24 hour medical supervision, comfortable cabins, specially treated swimming pool, dining hall complex, a performing arts theater, sports & recreation center, arts & crafts building, and much, much more.  Children between the ages of 9 and 18 coping with cancer, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, hemophilia, familial dysautonomia, neurological disorders, rheumatic diseases, heart diseases and other life threatening or chronic diseases are able to feel safe and cared for.

No child or family will ever pay to attend the Jordan River Village which is open year-round.

Leading hospitals and voluntary disease-oriented organizations have partnered with the Jordan River Village, recognizing the importance of such a village and its benefit to thousands of children, who suffer in ways most of us will never know. Our experience has shown that seriously ill children thrive, both physically and mentally, in an atmosphere of fun, support, appreciation and satisfaction.

Activities are structured to allow campers to experience success no matter what their disease or disability.  Following their camp experience, the kids react more favorably to medical treatment and address their conditions more positively.

The Government of Israel has officially endorsed the project and is committed to participate financially in the establishment, operation and maintenance of the Village.

Since the commencement of  operation, in August 2011, over 5,800 children enjoyed the facilities of the Jordan River Village.  During this period over 2,800 people have volunteered at the Village, including doctors, nurses, counselors and those who assist with maintenance.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit our website www.jrv.org.il or contact Katia Citrin, Director of External Affairs at:  katia@jrv.org.il

Formula for Success

I’m That Jew by Eitan Chitayat

Featured Cause: Mifalot, From Rockets to Soccer: It’s Time to Play

Please give to this amazing cause today!

http://igg.me/at/rockets-to-soccer

Featured KICKSTARTER Campaign – Zip Up For Special Needs

The Rolling Stones Played Tel Aviv – Satisfaction

The Rolling Stones played Tel Aviv the other night!

So much for the BDSers and their BS. The Stones do seem a beat or two off from their youth judging from this video clip, but it’s great to see them in Israel especially when they encountered so much criticism for this show.

I even even heard that Mick Jager peppered his banter with the crowd with a bunch of Hebrew phrases. Sababa….

http://www.timesofisrael.com/mick-jaggers-top-12-hebrew-phrases/

R.I.P. Dr. Maya Angelou

Final tweet (5/23) from :

“Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.”

Israel Turns 66 – Yom Ha’azmaut – Israel Independence Day 2014

Today Israel turns 66! Only one more year until she retires… just kidding.

Israel smelled like one big al ha aish (barbeque) today. We saw a fireworks show at night as did most of the country. IDF planes soared over most of Israel today in a show of unity. Parents tried their best not to buy our kids overpriced glow in the dark toys, sugary stuff and that stupid foam that kids spray on people that is somehow supposed to be fun.

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What a stark contrast to the day before which with Yom Hazikaron where we remembered Israel’s fallen soldiers and victims of terror.

For a laugh go check out the very funny Benji Lovitt’s “66 More Things I Love About Israel” to honor Israel on her birthday today.

http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/66-more-things-i-love-about-israel/

Holocaust Remeberrance Day 2014

Tomorrow when we hear the siren to mark the remembrance of the Holocaust here in Israel I’ll know how blessed my biological dad and his parents were to be in the 25% of Dutch Jews that survived the Holocaust. They went through hell just to get through those tough times and If you think about it, I’m super lucky and very blessed just to be alive. I’ll never forget, that’s for sure.

Yoav Kaufman

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“We’ve turned the Negev and Beersheva into the Eastern Hemisphere’s cyber capital.”

Source: Globes.co.il

Event: Negev Conference in Sderot 2014

“We have turned the Negev and Beersheva into the cyber capital of the Eastern Hemisphere,” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his speech to the Sixth Negev Conference in Sderot. “We are in the midst of a revolution that is turning the Negev into a thriving center, not a periphery or branch, into a bustling center of Israel.”

“I tell young men and women, ‘Go to the Negev,’ because the Negev is rising,” said Netanyahu in listing the government’s steps to develop the region. “We have invested more than NIS 10 billion in transportation infrastructures,” adding that jobs are coming to Beersheva as it becomes a global cyber center and the IDF Training Base City is built. Netanyahu also said, “In the wake of Operation Pillar of Defense, quiet – of a kind unknown in a decade – has prevailed here. There will be no trickle of rockets. My policy is clear: any firing of rockets will be met with an immediate and sharp response.”

Link to full article: http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-netanyahu-go-to-the-negev-1000925387

Featured Jewish Non-Profit: Beit Hagalgalim – בית הגלגלים

Beit Hagalgalim – בית הגלגלים

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From the House of Wheels website:

“The House of Wheels, which has been operating since 1979, provides a range of services for children and adults with impaired mobility, mainly due to cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy.”

“The Association provides solutions to the shortage in extramural activities and lack of social structures that are appropriate for this population. The House of Wheels provides weekend activities, as well as summer camps and activity classes.”

“In addition, the Association operates a job placement project, which assigns the adult participants to jobs on the open market with an appropriate wage. Hundreds of volunteers are active in the Association, young people in their twenties, students and professionals, whose dedication over the years has helped the participants to break through the boundaries of their disability, enriches their world and inspires them.”

“About 400 participants benefit from the five branches across Israel: in Herzlia; Even Sapir near Jerusalem; Bustan Hagalil in the North; and Kibbutz Urim in the Negev. The fifth branch, established in 2008, holds its activities at Kibbutz Kramim in the Negev and is designed for children of the Bedouin sector.”

Links:

Website: http://www.beitgalgalim.org.il/English/

Gallery: http://www.beitgalgalim.org.il/English/Gallery.aspx

Donate Online to Beit Hagalgalim: http://www.beitgalgalim.org.il/English/Donations.aspx

Yossi Vardi of ICQ Fame Interviewed By David Horovitz of Times of Israel at AIPAC 2014

Source: AIPAC’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/AIPACPC

David Ben Gurion Quote

Featured Cause: A Global Friendship

“We are a non-profit that empowers women around the world living on under $10 a day, helping them to break the cycle of poverty. We work to improve the standard of living in developing communities. We create sustainable businesses for artisans around the world by providing them with small business training and market access.”

Gary V. on TV Ads VS Content Marketing – 60 Second Video Clip

Video: The Power of Tzedakah – Must See

Source: True Movie H, YouTube.com http://www.youtube.com/user/TrueMoveH

The Printing Press: Nike Style (Nike Sunar: Just Do It — Hareket Matbaası)

Source: Nike Football Turkey, YouTube.com page http://www.youtube.com/user/NikeFootballTurkiye

ABOVE AND BEYOND: The Birth of the Israeli Air Force

“The Machal forces were the Diaspora’s most important contribution to the survival of the State of Israel.”
– David Ben-Gurion

Sample Reel for ‘Above and Beyond: The Birth of the Israeli Air Force’ – Playmount Productions from Katahdin Productions on Vimeo.

“In 1948, a group of World War II pilots, mostly from America, volunteered to fight for Israel in the War of Independence. As members of “Machal” – volunteers from abroad – this ragtag band of brothers not only turned the tide of the war, preventing the possible annihilation of Israel at the very moment of its birth; they also laid the groundwork for the Israeli Air Force.”

Donate to the production of ABOVE AND BEYOND: The Birth of the Israeli Air Force

Contact the film Producer: nancyspielberg@playmountproductions.com

Inclusive Playgrounds? Israel and Beit Issie Shapiro Leads the Way.

Who in the world is leading the way so that kids with disabilities can play in playgrounds with other kids with and without disabilities? You guessed it… Israel!DSC04839

Beit Issie Shapiro (BIS) is an Israeli non-profit that is working to change the negative perceptions society often has of kids with disabilities.

A BIS speaker recently spoke on the issue at the recent UN Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

BIS is setting up inclusive playgrounds around Israel with great success. In fact, “…as a result of the model park project, and with the help of the Commission for Rights of People with Disabilities, Israel requires all new parks to be accessible. Additionally, BIS is helping countries including South Africa, Uruguay, and UK to establish similar parks.”

Beit Issie Shapiro’s English website: http://en.beitissie.org.il/

BIS’s NYC Marathon Fundraiser Page: http://www.crowdrise.com/friendsofshapironyc2013/fundraiser/theamericanfriendsof3

 

Bibi Standing up to Some Chutzpah

We usually shy away from politics here on the blog, but this video was too good to pass up on. Kudos to Bibi for standing up to lies and really just immense chutzpah!

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