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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

Support United Hatzolah Gush Dan Today

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Terror attacks continue in Israel and Hatzola Gush Dan has been on call 24/7. Just yesterday (Monday), Hatzola Gush Dan was called to help after attacks in Rishon Le’Tzion and Netanya. See more details.

To save a life, Hatzola Gush Dan uses ambucycles to get to the scene in 1.5-3 minutes. During a rescue operation in the recent flash floods in Raanana, one of our ambucycles was destroyed.

https://www.gofundme.com/HatzolaGushDan

Kahlon hails deal to build 20,000 homes in Beersheva – 1.5B NIS to go to Beersheva

Beersheva has a plan and if it works it could be HUGE.

“According to the roadmap in the agreement, the new units will be available by 2019 and NIS 1.5 billion will be invested in infrastructure and public buildings across the city. Furthermore, the city will receive funding for a refurbishment of its central avenue and the old city as well as the construction of a stadium.”

“Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also arrived at the ceremony. He said: “My vision is simple Beersheva as a city of half a million people within 12 years. We are making headway, step by step. This is the largest such agreement in this country’s history. It’s a big day for Beersheva, a big day for the Negev, and a big day for the State of Israel.””

Full story here: http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-kahlon-hails-historic-deal-to-build-20k-units-in-beersheva-1001071692

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

Israel – Operation Protective Edge

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Treatment of Civilians in Operation Protective Edge: Israel and Hamas

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/

Yom Hazikaron – Israel Remberance Day for Fallen Soldiers 2014

Yom Hazikaron 2014 - Israel Remembrance Day 2014

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

VP – Online Media

Negev Direct Marketing, Inc.

The Negev Brewery

Another product of the Negev region of Israel. This may be one of my favorites!

“In addition to the hotel exclusive and several seasonal brews, the brewery offers four beers that are always available: Amber Ale, Oasis, Passion Fruit Ale and Oak Porter. They range in taste from the light, orangey flavor of the Oasis beer, which recently replaced the Amber Ale as the most popular choice, to the porter’s darker earthiness. The passion fruit beer is the only one its makers know of in Israel that features the easily found local fruit.”

Source: In the Negev, a 2,000 shekel beer and other brews | The Times of Israel http://www.timesofisrael.com/at-negev-brewery-love-of-beer-drives-brews/

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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

Video: New Projects In Beersheva, Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about Cyber Spark Be’er-Sheva

High Time for A Couple New Hi-Tech Ventures In Beersheva

Beersheva and the Negev are in the news again lately and this time for a couple new hi-tech ventures that will be basIBM-Intel-logoed in our growing city.

Both new ventures are centered around the field of internet security, partnerships with the local University and both have links to local Israeli hi-tech firms.

The two companies coming to the desert soon are IBM and Lockheed Martin.

From Globes.co.il and YNet.co.il

IBM setting up Beersheva cyber center

“IBM SVP Steven Mills said the new center is a collaboration with Ben Gurion University.”

 1380918157180“IBM Corporation (NYSE: IBM) will establish a cyber center of excellence in Beersheva in collaboration with Ben Gurion University of the Negev, SVP software and systems Steven Mills announced at the CyberTech 2014 conference.”

Full story here: www.globes.co.il/en/article-ibm-setting-up-beersheva-cyber-center

Lockheed Martin to Open Beersheva Beersheva Research Center

“American global aerospace, defense, security, and advanced technology company Lockheed Martin, maker of Israel’s F-16, F-15 and F-35 fighter jets, announced Sunday that it will open a research and development center in Israel in partnership with American IT storage company EMC.”

Full story here: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4481117,00.html

 

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

“Netanyahu to inaugurate fiber optic venture September 3” “The inauguration of the ViaEuropa AB-Israel Electric Corp venture will be in Beersheva”

In keeping with the theme of Netanyahu’s quote that “The Negev will become the Israeli Silicon Valley”

It was just announced that Beersheva in the Negev region of Israel will be the first city in the country to get fiber optic wiring

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

 

NIS 500 million plan to develop Negev

This is another big step ahead for the Negev! Beersheva has really changed for the better even in just the 8 or so years I’ve been here. The brand new Science Museum just opened up 2 minutes away from my house. Countless new parks and fountains have sprung up around the city. The new Grand Canyon Beersheva is open for business too! It’ll be very interesting to see how the city reacts and changes once the influx of IDF soldiers and officers actually begins to take place once the new 401858_10200543469081798_1487532472_nbase opens. Stay posted, good things are happening in the Negev!

From Ynet.co.il today:

“The cabinet approved a national plan to develop the Negev with a budget of NIS 500 million ($140 million). The investment will be spread over five years and would be the civilian answer to the procedure of the IDF’s relocation to the Negev.”

“The outline was put together by an inter-ministerial committee headed by Director-General of the Prime Minister’s Office Harel Locker and Director-General of the Ministry for Development of the Negev and Galilee Orna Hozman Bechor.”

Source: http://www.ynetnews.com/

Article link: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4404799,00.html

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