Update from CEO Jo Kaplan – April 26 2024

War Overview –Update

–Evacuees:  90,100 Israelis remain evacuated –from the north and Gaza borders because of daily indiscriminate bombing on buildings.
–There remain 133 abductees from Israel held by Sinwar, head of Hamas in the Gaza Strip for over 6 months, detained in unknown conditions.  

Israel Under Attack From

–Northern border with Lebanon/Syria and also in the Galilee (Iran-backed Hezbollah)
–Gaza Strip bordertowns (Iran Hamas).
— West Bank territories – Hamas/Islamic Jihad operatives continue violent attacks
–Iran – 300 missiles April 15, Houti’s in Yemen—continue bombing Israel and ships

Emergency Aid Containers Update

15 aid containers unloaded October-today, distributed to evacuees and immigrants
–1 aid container from Poland—on the water to Israel 
–2 aid containers from the US and Hong Kong are in the loading process

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Once the containers are unloaded, the aid centers will come with their own vehicles and load up cartons and take them back to their center and arrange them in their center for distribution.

One of the last two containers held a huge load of men’s shoes from the UK (these were again the favorites at the distribution centers and outreaches).

The very last container was from Poland:  new sport clothing and sport shoes that are to be distributed this coming week, and so loved by all the needy.

Israelis living under the poverty line, including evacuees, are so very grateful for these new shoes and new clothes.  They are comforted to know that people care about them.  

Thank you to those that have helped toward these huge containers.

Your financial help at this time will help to bring huge loads into Israel to meet the need.  

Displaced and Evacuated Families 

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Bombing in the north has been heavier this month than before.  The evacuees must stay away from the north, away from their homes and livelihoods in order to be safe.

Israel Relief Aid continued to supply aid to evacuated families in Migdal by the Sea of Galilee.  Boxes of matzot were delivered to the families this month. They greatly appreciate this provision of food!

Passover Bag Distribution in Haifa to Ukrainian Immigrants

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Elderly Ukrainian immigrants and families struggling financially find it impossible to purchase the expensive Passover foods needed for the week-long holiday.  

Israel Relief Aid provided bags of Passover foods for families in Haifa.

These bags included matzot, rice, tomato sauce, matzah flour, Passover cookies, chicken soup powder, jam, etc.

Blessings to all who participated in making this blessing happen.

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Passover Bag Give-out in Bat Yam to Holocaust Survivors, Disabled, Etc.  

Holocaust Survivors, the disabled, widows, Ukrainian immigrants and all sorts of financially strapped families came to the Passover food bag distribution in Bat Yam, south of Tel Aviv. Thank you to our partners for funding this!

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Lunch for New Ukrainian Immigrants

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300 Ukrainian immigrants from Ashkelon, Ramle, Ashdod and Jerusalem had a wonderful day trip to the Negev desert recently, a day to forget their poverty, a free trip that allowed them to come along because it didn’t cost them anything.  

After initial instructions, the crowd went to Beer Sheva, the heart of the Negev, to see the history of the city.

Lunch was provided by Israel Relief Aid – sandwiches, salads and drinks.  It was an interesting time of hearing the history of Israel from ancient texts during the event.   This was a great blessing for all involved.

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May Project:  Supply Gift Cards for Lone Soldiers

For lone soldiers with no family in Israel, basic personal supplies are near non-existent.

Israel Relief Aid would like to single out these lone soldiers, who are living under the poverty line in shelters, to receive gift cards to their local supply shop to get personal supplies that they need. 

These cards will allow them to get supplies like socks, T shirts, hygiene supplies, flashlights, helpful tools, etc.   

This will bring much joy to their hard lives and give them a feeling that someone cares about what they’re going through.