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As bombs and missiles continue to strike at all hours of the day in Israel, the Israeli nonprofit organization Migdal Ohr is focusing its concern on the country’s most vulnerable citizens—its children. In an effort to help offer children in Southern Israel a relatively “normal” summer, free from the constant fear of rockets landing in their backyards and having to sprint into bomb shelters, Migdal Ohr, in partnership with the Jewish Agency, transported over 30,500 children from southern cities on day trips to recreational, safe havens in the North. Children from Ashdod, Ashkelon, Gan Yavne, Netivot, Ofakim, Kiryat Gat, and several more cities have been bussed to Cinema City and the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem, Shefayim Water Park, and other hiking grounds and recreational centers.
Migdal Ohr Founder and Israel Prize winner Rabbi Yitzchak Dovid Grossman has been visiting the front lines in Gaza to offer moral support and encouragement to the IDF soldiers. He’s also been visiting wounded soldiers at Hadassah Hospital and consoling families of fallen soldiers. He went to see the widow and four young children of Sergeant-Major Rami Kahlon, age 39, a Migdal Ohr alumnus who was tragically killed on the front lines in Gaza. Rabbi Grossman has called upon his supporters from America, England, and Canada to help him save thousands of Israeli children from the ravages of war and is hoping to raise $1,000,000 to be able to keep these efforts and programs in effect for as long as the conflict continues.