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Sunday, 9 March 2008

Yad Ezra V’Shulamit

Yad Ezra V'Shulamit

Yad Ezra V'Shulamit provides weekly food supplements, vocational
training and educational materials for needy families in Israel. In
addition, we strive to attain jobs for the unemployed.
Unfortunately, our needs are great and our resources are limited. In
addition to the current 2,500 families who we presently help with weekly
food baskets, the Minister of Welfare has requested us to adopt families
that do not meet their criteria. In order to take one child off this
list we need a commitment of $100 a month or $1,200 for the year.
To our dismay, we have also recently discovered that some mothers have
been taking the drastic measure of diluting baby formula in order to
make it last longer! A donation of $800 a month would enable us to
provide one month's worth of formula for twenty five babies.
This is our latest effort to aid the poverty stricken here in Israel:
Recently there have been deaths among the needy due to the cold wave we
have been experiencing. We, at Yad Ezra VeShulamit, despite our budget
constraints, have provided $62,000 worth of heaters and blankets to
those who are finding it difficult to keep warm this winter in Israel.
We appreciate any contribution you can give us to help defray this cost
and to help us continue to provide assistance to the needy. Every
donation helps.
Aryeh Lurie, the founder of Yad Ezra V'Shulamit, couldn't sleep at night
thinking how a person in 2008 could die from cold. So what did he do? He
went out and ordered 1600 blankets and heaters, announced on the radio
that anyone who is cold can come to Yad Ezra V'Shulamit (

http://www.yadezra.net/index.php) and pick up relief.
Thousands of people came, and are still coming. "You can't sit by and do
nothing while people are suffering",said Mr. Lurie.
He would know. He grew up in Israel and knew the pangs of hunger as a
child. He formed the organization Yad Ezra V'Shulamit which today feeds
thousands of children and familes throughout Israel. He is the firstline
response to any suffering in Israel.
During the Lebanon War, people called Yad Ezra V'Shulamit from the bomb
shelters with no food, water or basic supplies. Braving the bombs, Mr.
Lurie traveled from one bomb shelter to another, delivering the much
needed sustenance, as well as diapers and other basic necessities.
"We want to do for these Jewish children and families like we would do
for our own," said Mr. Lurie. "It can't be that people die from the cold
while I sit in my warm house. I had to do something."
Each heater costs approximately $30 and each blanket costs $20. "People
should think what it feels like to be cold. For $50, you can end a lot
of suffering and even save a life. Is it not worth it to skip going out
to dinner one night and make sure Jewish children are warm in Israel?"
Your contribution will make a difference.
To donate, please go to http://www.yadezra.net/index.php . In Israel,
please call 02-5400111.

Thank you!

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