**UPDATE Sunday June 17, 2018**
Chabad was recognized by the Prime Minister for its work on behalf of the citizens of Sderot.
With gratitude to Hashem, we were able to get back to our “normal” routine and delivered 347 Shabbat packages. Chabad works year round in hunger relief and as a safety net for hundreds of families. Low income families can not survive without one of the many amazing organizations in Israel. we try to do our part and it is only with your help that we succeed.
Incendiary kites caused fires in Sderot and surrounding areas once again this Shabbat.
SDEROT IS UNDER WATER!
UPDATE: Thursday June 14, 2018
During our 2 days of flooding, Chabad assisted 273 families bringing food, water, and critical supplies. Each package contained, canned fruits and vegetables, canned tuna, 8 liters of water, a flashlight with batteries, toilet paper, sanitary products and medical supplies as was needed.
We need your help to cover these costs. Thank you for all who have so generously opened your hearts to our mission and have become friends of Sderot.
We now turn back to our daily work of caring for the less fortunate of Sderot.
WE NEED YOUR HELP NOW!
Please see Ynetnews here. we need your help NOW! Please open your hearts! This is overwhelming and we can not do this alone.
Thursday June 14, 2018
We are thankful for the relative quiet on our border.
Unfortunately, this quiet is not quiet for us in Sderot. Just a few days ago, an incendiary kite sent from Hamas caused a fire in the Sapir College. We, in Sderot, are in a constant state of vigilance. Our children live in constant anxiety and we are doing our best to get them away to a safe and happy environment. History of the past 10 years has shown us that Hamas regroups during these times. We must be vigilant and take care of those who can not take care of themselves.
Chabad works 365 days a year caring for the needy of Sderot.
The CODE RED ALERTS ARE REAL. The Iron Dome has been intercepting rockets directed at Sderot
As each hour passes Chabad is hard at work making sure shelters are stocked with food, water, blankets, and activities for children. There is a critical need for air conditioners in many shelters.
We need to relocate our summer camp to get the children away from the trauma.
SDEROT IS UNDER FIRE ONCE AGAIN AND WE NEED YOUR HELP NOW!
May 28, 2018
IDF official statement: IDF spokesman, “Southern residents must prepare bomb shelters now”.
Ynetnews: “Sderot residents confused on how to shelter.”
CODE RED ALERTS BEING SOUNDED!
SEE ALL THE WORK OF CHABAD SDEROT
For 25 years, Chabad of Sderot has tirelessly supported the people of Sderot. Through times of crisis and conflict and in quiet times, Chabad of Sderot has been a crucial part of supporting the people of Sderot. They have been recognized by Mayors and Prime Ministers as a humanitarian organization. Chabad of Sderot cares for more than 300 low income families on a weekly basis. They provide food and essentials throughout the year, medical assistance, after school programs, trips and summer camp for children and teens, Bar and Bat Mizvot, weddings, and other family special occasions for those who cannot afford it. They receive no payment and their programs are supported by generous people around the world. Chabad reaches out and assists all in need no matter their religious or non religious affiliation.
Throughout the years, Chabad of Sderot has not only helped thos under fire, but has been with and served Sderot WHILE under fire. Chabad Sderot IS Sderot.
During times of conflict we support and assist more than 1000 families.
WE NEED YOUR HELP NOW!
Sderot is a low income town town and provides many challenges due to its location. However, Sderot is crucial to the security of Israel on its southern border.
Conflict has broken out once again and the residents of Sderot need us and we need your help NOW!
Chabad of Sderot assists all in need no matter their affiliation. We NEED YOU NOW!
Sderot, a city just 1 kilometer from the Gaza border, a buffer between Gaza and the rest of Israel is already beginning to feel the affects. As the closest city to Gaza, they are a constant target, living in fear of rockets and mortars, running to shelters every time the sirens sound, at all hours of the day and night. The IDF and Israeli government work hard to protect them, but they can only do so much. Many residents (40% of the children!) of Sderot suffer from anxiety and PTSD from past conflicts and now must endure again. Many victims of the constant terror are unable to return to work, affecting their livelihoods and local businesses at the same time.
Businesses are having to close. Children are once again living in fear and terror.
Chabad of Sderot has been on the front lines for 25 years. Our programs support IDF soldiers, the elderly, children, and the needy. We provide services and supplies to IDF soldiers, daily hot meals, weekly food packages, medication, after school children’s programs, summer camps and trips and much much more.
OUR FOOD BANK IS IN DIRE NEED NOW!
Please visit our facebook and website. Although it is in Hebrew, pictures and videos will tell you our story.
100% of funds will be used for the residents and soldiers of Sderot. All donations are tax deductible.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us in the USA at (720) 987-6724.
Sderot needs your help.
17 מאי ב-20:59 ·
Breaking the Silence published on full-page ad in Israel’s most widely read newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth, asking soldiers serving in Gaza to come and give them testimony. This is what Ophir Maman answered. Read and share.
Hi Breaking the Silence. I served and still serve my country on the Gaza border and I am ready to give you testimony. As a citizen, I grew up on the Gaza border, and now I am raising children on the Gaza border and working on the Gaza border, paying taxes and voting at the Gaza border, so you will surely be happy to receive testimony from me.
I remember the first Qassams at the age of 18. Iron Dome? Come on, we didn’t even have a warning. For three years we had no practical way of dealing with the threat, we did not even have a chance to escape. What did we do? Invented half-funny songs, stupid jokes, Scorning the “metal pipes,” all that can make you forget that you live on the edge, under the threat that any moment a missile could fall on you from the sky without warning.
Trigger: Do you know how long it took me to stop being afraid of a kettle whistle? Years, years.
I remember the first scene of casualties in Sderot, I was there. On uniform. Three whistles and then booms that come as if the sky were being torn, but what was really torn were the internal organs of 50-year-old Mordechai Yosefov, who was killed on the spot, and the hip artery of Afik Zahavi Ohayon, an only child at the age of 3 who died at the entrance to his kindergarten, right next to his severely-wounded mother. He died right in my arms and those of another fellow who was trying to give him first aid.
Trigger: To this day, I recoil for a moment when I hear the ‘crackle’ of a megaphone operating, because that’s how the red alert starts.
Then I taught children at risk, those with the usual issues of a problematic family, social difficulties, it is not easy to be a child anywhere. But in Sderot? I raised children who would hear red alerts and freeze, children who hear red alert and pee in their pants, children who hear red and go into a powerful, crazy panic attack. Do you have any idea what it does to a child’s mind and self esteem, to lose control in front of other people? What does it do to his parents?
Trigger: I cannot walk outside with headphones, because for years it wasn’t possible. I have lost one of the small relaxing pleasures of life.
And now I am raising three children here (praying for many hours of sleep), sweet, charming, loveable kids. Hillel the eldest has experienced operation Protective Edge and you can see it on her. She is more mature, somewhat introverted. Her brothers enjoy the quiet that the IDF gives us every day, 700 meters aerial distance from the human beasts that came to the fence yesterday to make a mega Foggel (the murdered family) from every Jew and Israeli they could lay hands on.
In short, Breaking the Silence, I very much hope that you will invite me to testify. I have a lot to tell. I am certainly willing to tour the world at your expense, and to express my deep thanks to the soldiers, the IDF and to those who dedicate everything they have to keep us here.
Ofir, Anna, Hillel, Joseph, Mika.
And the other residents of the periphery and the State of Israel.