The Jordan River Village Mission is critical:
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.
Please give to this amazing cause today!
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
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!
Author: Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz
“There is a famous business concept called caveat emptor (buyer beware). In secular society, as long as a seller does not blatantly lie or actively conceal a defect, it is the full responsibility of the buyer to exercise due diligence and to inspect what is being purchased. Jewish law takes a totally different approach: It is presumed that no defects or problems exist in a product or property if they are not disclosed explicitly by the seller.”
Full article by clicking this link: http://www.thejewishweek.com/features/street-torah/jewish-business-ethics-proper-marketing-and-selling-0