Sunday, August 19, 2012
August 15, 2012
Av 27, 5772
Devotion Prayer Charity
Sharona Yekutieli, Director of Keren B’Kavod, recounts a recent taxi ride in Jerusalem:
This week while traveling by taxi, I had an interesting conversation with my driver who came from East Jerusalem. The discussion came around to his coping with the Fast of Ramadan. I was curious to hear what the holiday meant to him. “I fast in order to remember the poor” he said. “They deal with hunger and poverty on a daily basis, and it is important for me to remember them and give them 7% of my income.”
The Festival of Eid al-Fitr, which concludes the month of the Ramadan fast, will be celebrated this year on the 19th of August by more than a million Muslim Israeli citizens. The month of Elul is also upon us, which is a month that symbolizes faith, repairing and testing our actions. At the heart of this time of year lies the mutual desire to better ourselves and to take upon ourselves responsibility for others, as well as responsibility to repair the world.
In this spirit, and particularly at this time, we at Keren B’Kavod are organizing several projects of equal giving to all sectors of Israel’s society.
Coexistence Activities – joint activities for Arab, Gypsy, Druze and Jewish youth with intercultural learning combining discussions, meetings and joint social action. Making food packages together during the month of August, youth from the Gypsy population from East Jerusalem worked with youngsters from Tel Aviv who recently became Bar Mitzvah. The groups learn about each other, celebrate the holidays and their significance. After they finish making the packages they will be distributed to families in East Jerusalem, HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ein_Hawd" Kfar Ein Hawd and Tel Aviv.
Back-to-School Project – 80 children receive assistance from Keren B'Kavod throughout the school year and in September with the Back-to-School project, we want to make it as easy as possible for as many families as we can to provide school supplies for their children. School textbooks and writing equipment will be given this year to disadvantaged families living in HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shefa-%27Amr" Shefaram and Jerusalem. The books and supplies will be given to Ethiopian immigrants, Gypsies in East Jerusalem and families of “Hillel – The Right to Choose” (the association for those who leave orthodoxy).
Our Traditional “Operation Jewish High Holidays” – many Israeli families are unable to afford to buy food for the holidays. In order to allow them to begin the New Year happily, this year, as every year, the IMPJ communities and educational institutions will collect food items for these families.
As customary, we recite the blessing for this happy holiday: Ramadan Kareem and may Allah accept out fasting, prayers and charity – “Inshallah”.
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