Friday, January 20, 2006


A Thank You From Gush Katif Expellees


A Thank You From Gush Katif Expellees

There was a knock on the door a few minutes ago. Yoram--- from Efrat introduced himself as the representative of an anonymous donor from the U.S. The donor, in memory of Golda bat Rachel and Nachum, generously wanted to financially help the expellees from Gush Katif who have lost their communities, homes, and in many cases employment. We'd like to express our gratitude and let people know of the Kiddush HaShem in a public forum.

The vacuum left by the Israeli government's cruel expulsion has been, at least partially, filled by tremendous thoughtfulness of private individuals and organizations. This is one positive aspect to the "Disengagement Plan" and the complete story has yet to be told.

Here in Nitzan, religious and non-religious volunteers from L'maan Achinu and Lev Echad have cleaned "caravillas" for newcomers, created activities for children and youth and organized seminars on finding employment. Rav Yehoshua---and his wife, from the Golan, helped set up religious services before synagogues existed in Nitzan. Youth from Ulpanas and Yeshivas continue to help with babysitting, washing floors, and tutoring. The One Israel Fund which is supported by thousands of anonymous donors gave scholarships for continuing education for university students from Gush Katif. Then there's Anna--- from Short Hills, NJ who is raising money as a Bat Mitzva project towards supplying the Nitzan community center with needed equipment. This is but a small fraction of precious individuals and organizations helping victims of the government's expulsion from Gush Katif and the Northern Shomron. These efforts are a true Kiddush HaShem.

Perhaps the "Disengagement Plan" was part of a test or trial from Hakodesh Baruch Hu – not so much how the evil decree was fought but rather how Am Yisrael responded after the fact. Am Yisrael Chai!

By Yossi and Sara Layah Shomron
Nitzan Caravilla site
19 Tevet 5766 (19 January 2006)

does olmert have a will?

rabin > dead

sharon > coma

hmmmm, was pat robertson right?
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