Thursday, 8 December 2016

Progress After the Fires

Almost a week ago, I noticed a discussion about the needs of those who were affected by the fires in Israel. I began to network to find out just exactly what the needs are. One question asked was what organisations are involved and assisting since some outside of Israel prefer to give to a recognised organisation only.

Surprisingly it has been difficult to find out specifics. I have offered a number of people to write a guest post to describe / outline the need but thus far nothing has come through. I have heard of about 4 families who lost their house, completely. However, to be told my friend's house burnt down. they have x number of children of y ages, does not explain their needs. It does not say my friend lost her house. They need x number of beds suitable for adults or children or whatever kind of beds are needed. Or we already have beds but are in need of linen. The more details are known, the more effective help can be.

Someone sent me an article that told of a Holocaust survivor who had lost her house. The story is written up on Arutz Sheva.  It is a little unnerving to hear her say, even losing her house is not nearly as much as what she went through in the Shoar. She has a powerful message to give over at the end, she says the items lost are just things, what is important is to keep strong relationships.

I heard of a number of private crowd fundraisers being set up. They are not by recognised organisations, they seem to be either Jews needing to re-build their homes or other caring Jews trying to raise the money to help in some way. I heard of an appeal being made by JNF, exactly what they will be doing with the funds collected I am not 100% sure of, I just heard of the collection taking place.

I heard of an appeal that had been made for second hand clothes and shoes that received so much they had to stop donations coming in. It was amazing also to hear of Neve Tzuf that had received enough items to begin the homes of 20 families once more, now all they need is monetary donations to re-build the actual homes.

One fact that is clear is that the economy has been hit quite severely. For now, I leave the invitation that if anyone has specific details of what needs have not yet been met, please send in a guest post or make a comment on the end of this blog. In the meantime, I am busily setting up another website. This one will be to sell all kinds of handmade items. These items will be exclusive, unique items with care given to quality service. This is one of several channels we are developing to earn what we need to build our Torah centre. Stay tuned for news as it happens and please support our sales and services. Be a part of building an exciting Torah centre, at the end of the day, increasing in Torah and acts of kindness is the most important activity to be involved in so as to re-build Israel.

This post was written by:
Occupational Therapist, healing facilitator, certified infant massage instructor, freelance writer and co-author of "Tuvia Finds His Freedom" and author of "Healing Your Life Through Activity - An Occupational Therapist's Story"

Friday, 2 December 2016

Fact Finding After the Fires

We are doing a little fact finding here, please help as much as you can.

Last week I posted about the real need in Israel for help on many levels. My article: Israel Needs You spoke about the need for prayers, Teshuvah, Tzeddakah to appeal to Hashem for rain and end the fires. Thank G-d a few days later the fires were completely put out and yesterday the rains began. But the needs in Israel continue.

75 000 Residents in Haifa were evacuated from their homes. But Haifa was not the only city affected. The entire town of Beit Meir was evacuated. 15 Homes in Neve Tzuf were destroyed. The list continues. 

Yesterday, I noticed a discussion or debate. Among the concerns was whether second hand clothing would assist and what a country with a weak currency could possibly do to help. I put something out on my FB group and a few other groups asking if anyone know real facts. We'd like to hear actual facts. If you know anyone in Israel who was affected by the fire, please email to let me know what is actually needed. If you know of any organizations who are legitimately helping, please be in touch. We are putting together a list to send to those debating what the need is. Let's put the questions to good and re-build Eretz Yisrael even better than it was before the fire.

We look forward to hearing from you

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Preparing for a Sale - the Stress Free Way

I love being creative in all kinds of ways. It's been a tough week here in Israel and what better way to de-stress and gather fresh ideas than spending an hour creating. My Mom and I had a wonderful time preparing greeting cards for our next sale. You can see just a few in the image above.

We now have:
- 34 greeting cards of various different shapes and sizes with more still to come. Prices for these range from ₪10 - ₪20.
- We have a set of stunning fridge magnets with scenes of Holy Sites in Israel and suitable verses going for ₪10 each or ₪40 for the set.
- We have a range of art: - hand painted cushion covers, hand painted T-shirts (only a few in stock), drawings in pen and ink, spiritual drawings. Prices for these art / craft items are ₪100 - ₪200
- Still in the area of art we have a number of original paintings selling from ₪500 - ₪10 000 depending on the size and complexity.
- 4 albums for kids photo's selling for ₪20 each
- Books, we have both second hand and new, original as follows: 
Second hand books selling from ₪10 - 40
In the range of new books we are very excited to have:
- "Tuvia Finds His Freedom" by Eliyahu and Shoshanah Shear selling for ₪45. We have both English and Hebrew copies.
- "Why Unicorns Eat Lavender" by Rosemary Kahn selling for ₪40
- "Relationships" by R.A. Kahn selling for ₪50

We are waiting for our copies of "Healing Your Life Through Activity - An Occupational Therapist's Story" by Shoshanah Shear. I really look forward to selling this one.  

We will probably have more items on sale, this is the start. So do be in touch to come and purchase, or to place a custom order for a gift or gift voucher. Remember, a percentage of the proceeds goes to assist in building our Torah-Healing centre. Very, very exciting goal. Come and be a part of making wonderful things happen.

Sales are currently by appointment, do be in touch to schedule your appointment, you will be so glad you did!

We look forward to hearing from you.

Occupational Therapist, healing facilitator, certified infant massage instructor, freelance writer and co-author of "Tuvia Finds His Freedom" and author of "Healing Your Life Through Activity - An Occupational Therapist's Story"


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