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.

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Plus the organization has opened up its 65 acre campus in Migdal Ha’Emek to children living in the danger zone. They have bussed in hundreds of boys and girls to spend inspirational Shabbats and extended weekends at the campus. Home to thousands of at-risk and underprivileged youth during the school year, the summer break has opened up many dormitories and some of the children have stayed for weeks at a time. Additionally, Migdal Ohr, in partnership with local soup kitchens, has sent over 40,000 food packages to families in the South who are spending most of the day hidden in bomb shelters. These families are not able to go food shopping nor are they able to prepare meals in their kitchens without being pulled from the stove to the nearest bomb shelter. Every week, Migdal Ohr assembles 6,000 to 8,000 food packages to meet this dire need.

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.

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