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Residents from Sderot De-stress in Israel’s “Healing Waters”

With the recent security situation at the Israel-Gaza border, the elderly residents of Sderot have been experiencing higher levels of stress and anxiety. The south-west city of Sderot is only eight miles (or 13 kilometers) away from all the “action” at the gaza border. The continual sound of gun fire crosses the distance and is a constant reminder to the Sderot residents that they must live on alert. One can imagine the toll that takes on the mind and body over time. 

Thanks to those who give generously to the work of CBN Israel, our partners in Sderot were able to relieve some of this tension by taking a group of fifty resident Holocaust Survivors to the rehabilitating resort of Hamei Yoav. This resort located just twenty minutes north of the city is known for it’s thermal mineral pools. The heat in these thermal waters helps reduce blood pressure and bring relaxation to the muscles. These waters are also full of sulfur and minerals that are absorbed into the skin and are an effective treatment for those who struggle with mobility or are suffering from stress and anxiety.

 

After a great time of relaxation, everyone enjoyed a sit down meal on site. The group was filled with joy and thankfulness to have had this opportunity to be refreshed and to forget, if only for a short while, about the constant struggles they live with every day.

At the end of the trip one of the leaders who himself is a Survivor, spoke on behalf of the group; “Thank you so very much for such a wonderful day”! The group agreed with cheers and applauds.  Every person present also received a Bible to remind them that the God of Israel is on their side and He is faithful to keep His covenant with Israel.

We at CBN Israel want to thank those who help us bring healing, love and care to over fifteen hundred Holocaust Survivors throughout Israel through your generous donations. For those who have a heart for Holocaust Survivors and desire to partner with us, we invite you to visit our website to learn what you can receive by becoming a monthly partner today!

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War at the Border, Love in the Home

Thanks to those who give generously to the work of CBN Israel, the staff were recently able to gain an additional partner to serve the locals in an area nearby the Israel/Gaza border. These new partners are excited for the opportunity to expand their services to the local Holocaust Survivors as well as to those who are suffering from fear and trauma. In the short time they have been working together with us, we have already seen much fruit! Here are just a few stories of those who have have received love, care and hope. 

*Andreas, a sixty-five year old widower has a son who works in a secret unit in the Israeli forces. He is alone and not able to connect much with his son. But now, he looks forward to a routine visit from our partners who offer him encouragement and support. He appreciates the opportunity to discuss his difficulties in life and loneliness without his wife. This month, he had a birthday and we went to visit him, pray with him and gave him a present for his birthday. He was so very thankful. 

Yelena, age seventy-nine, is a Holocaust Survivor who lives alone. Her two sons and their families live many miles away in the center of the country. The partners of CBN Israel accompanies, supports and assists Yelena in whatever way she needs. Recently, Yelena underwent surgery on her knee. After the surgery, we visited her in the hospital in a rehabilitation unit at Tel Hashomer. When she returned home, she asked for our help in receiving approval for assistance through the organization Yad Sarah. We continue to support Yelena through home visits, prayer and encouragement along with the gift of food vouchers and toiletries.

Tamara, age eighty-seven, is lonely and without a family in Israel. But now, she looks forward to our home visits which are an emotional experience every time. She says, “It is good that I have you. You are my family”. We support Tamara with encouragement, prayer and an opportunity to express herself while we take the time to listen with a sympathetic ear. Recently, Tamara was taken to the hospital after her health care nurse found her unconscious. Because her caregiver knows she can turn to us whenever she needs, we were updated on the state of her condition. When the good news came that she could return home, we picked her up from the hospital and assisted her back to her house. The therapist said in amazement, “Tamara lives in a miracle. It is so good that you are always here to help”. 

It is because of your generous support that CBN Israel is able to reach out to the hurting, the lonely and the needy. Now, if you become a monthly partner you will receive the free gift of three of our documentaries about Israel! Become a monthly partner today! 

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Without Your Help, She Wouldn’t Have a Home

Vera left the troubled memories of her past behind her in the Former Soviet Union as she and her family looked forward to a new life in Israel. She, her husband, and their children settled down in a pretty, little town close to the Mediterranean Sea nearby some friends who had made Aliyah together with them. Life in Israel was good for Vera and she was thankful. 

But as time went by, her husband grew ill and passed away. As the loneliness set in, Vera clung to her friends even more. It was through these friends that she learned of the work of CBN Israel and became a member of the program for Holocaust Survivors. Here she found enjoyment in the home visits, holiday celebrations and occasional outings around the country. 

One day, Vera phoned Jenny, a partner of CBN Israel, with great concern. The water pipes in her home were old and had rusted. They had burst beneath the floors and the entire house was flooded with water. She was suddenly without a place to sleep and without enough means to pay for the repairs. 

Thanks to those who give generously to CBN Israel, the staff were able to cover the cost to replace the pipes and restore the floors in her home. While the repairs were in process, Vera found comfort in Jenny’s friendship and hospitality. 

Vera was amazed by the love and care she was shown and with deep gratitude she said, “Thank you so much for all you have done for me! Without your help, I would not have a home”. 

Hundreds of Holocaust Survivors like Vera have received love, care and hope through the work of CBN Israel. Yet every month, we say goodbye to dozens of them as they age and pass away. Now is the only window of opportunity we have to show them God’s love. Please prayerfully consider partnering with us today! 

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A Survivor’s Contribution to the Nation of Israel

On Sunday, May 6th, Holocaust Survivor and Professor of USSR Academy of Science, Leonid Dinevich, invited a group of his friends, including the staff of CBN Israel, to the Tank Museum in Latrun where he works as a radio-physicist, climatologist and ornithologist. Here he introduced the group, most of whom are fellow Holocaust Survivors, to his work with the MRL-5 Radar and shared the backstory of how he and the radar immigrated to Israel. 

In the Former Soviet Union Dinevich was a well respected, Red-Army General, and a specialist in atmospheric physics. He and thousands of his employees researched ways to manipulate weather including cloud-seeding and hail prevention. The information was gathered through the use of the MRL-5 Radar. When Dinevich made Aliyah to Israel with his family in 1991, he met Professor Yossi Leshem at the University of Tel-Aviv and learned of Israel’s need to track clouds and birds through the use of the MRL-5 Radar. This radar could help in preventing hail from destroying new crops, bring an increase in rain through cloud-seeding and also help prevent plane crashes due to clashes with the millions of birds that migrate through Israel. Dinevich was successful in bringing the radar to Israel from the Former USSR, and as a result, both pilots and birds are safe to fly the skies in addition to over a billion dollars of military expenses saved thanks to his research. 

When Dinevich finished conducting the tour of the museum and had shared on his work with the MRL-5 Radar, the group showed their appreciation with words of gratitude. Each of these Holocaust Survivors from the Former Soviet Union can appreciate Leonid’s contribution to the nation of Israel. 

Leonid Dinevich is one of countless Holocaust Survivors who have helped build the nation of Israel these past seventy years. And we at CBN Israel consider it our privilege and duty to return our thanks to these co-founders and forerunners through our care and acts of service. One of the ways we are able to give back is through the distribution of walkers and walking sticks. Leonid and his wife are among many who have received these gifts of mobility, thanks to those who give generously to the work of CBN Israel. Partner with us and help us give back to those who have given their lives to the building up of the nation of Israel!

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Holocaust Survivor Leader Requests Meeting to be Held in Christ Church

A group of Holocaust Survivors from Jerusalem filed into the historical building of Christ Church last Monday morning per invitation of CBN Israel’s partner, Israel Roytman. The event was a musical performance by a family of Russian immigrants who go by the name of, “Jerusalem Keytlin Band”. Each member of the family band plays a different string or wind instrument creating a complete ensemble. The songs chosen for the event were Romanian Folk songs including their newest piece, “Schindler‘s List”.

Heads bobbed to the music and smiles spread across faces as the Survivors enjoyed these nostalgic songs they know and love so well. And of course, the talented and beautiful children of the Keytlin Band captured the hearts of everyone in the room. 

The event was held two days before Tu’Bishvat, Israel’s celebration of the trees, in which Roytman presented each person present with a gift of a fresh bouquet of flowers. The Holocaust Survivors were very thankful and shared their gratitude through hugs of appreciation.

 

Michael, the leader of the Holocaust Survivor organization asked specifically to hold the meeting in Christ Church. He said, “We feel closer to God in this place. We feel His presence here”.  Mary, a staff worker from Christ Church, thanked the Survivors for coming and greeted them warmly in the name of the Lord. “We are thankful for who you are and may the Lord bless you in everything”, she said. 

After the event, Roytman treated the group to a meal in the Christ Church dining hall where they were served meat, salads, breads and dessert. 

 Every month, holiday celebrations, events and the distribution of food parcels take place in ten different cities, with over one thousand Holocaust Survivors through the partners of CBN Israel. These who have suffered much in their lifetime, experience love and joy in their golden years through this program. We are ever so grateful for all the prayers and support of those who give generously to the work of CBN Israel and help make a difference in the lives of Israelis. 

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Living Israel

Pastor Gleb S. from the former Soviet Union immigrated to the Holy Land with a desire to see God’s kingdom increase throughout the nation of Israel. Initially, his heart was for drug addicts to experience God the way he had and to come off the streets free from their addictions.  

But God gave Gleb beyond what he had dreamed of. In just two short years, what began as a small gathering of a handful of people in his home, grew to one hundred believers in five functioning home fellowships. These fellowships began caring for the elderly among them including survivors of the Holocaust. Single mothers are ministered to and clubs have been opened for children and teens. A rehabilitation home was established for those who desired to come off drugs and just half a year ago, God inspired yet another idea to give aid to new immigrants making Aliyah to Israel. 

The members of “Living Israel” initiated a course for new immigrants to learn the Hebrew language entirely free of charge. When the Hebrew course is complete, these immigrants are then invited to attend the Alpha Course as an introduction to faith in Yeshua the Messiah. As a result, eighteen of the attendees are now an active and valuable part of the “Living Israel” community.

The course was so effective, that the community decided to make it available in the city of Bat Yam where many new immigrants arrive either by air or by sea. This time, eighty new immigrants are currently attending the Hebrew speaking course and fifty of those are considering attending the Alpha Course.

We at CBN Israel love hearing and seeing what God is doing through His people in the community of “Living Israel” and all throughout the Land! With your help, we have been able to support ten partners covering the areas of sixteen different cities and now, we are looking to partner with yet one more. Would you help us? With just $1,000 a month, we can ADOPT A PARTNER, bringing aid and support to their local community. Through these partners, we provide home visits, food vouchers, holiday celebrations and much more to over 1,300 Holocaust Survivors and New Immigrants.

Please consider giving a gift today!

On behalf of the staff of CBN Israel we pray, God bless you!

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Jerusalem Holocaust Survivors’ Trip to Hamei Ga’ash

On Sunday, just three days into the winter month of December, CBN Israel’s partner, Israel Roitman, invited a group of Holocaust Survivors from Jerusalem to journey to the hot springs of Hamei Ga’ash located near Israel’s northern city of Netanya. Roughly 70 Holocaust Survivors arrived at Jerusalem’s central bus station to climb on board the two tour buses that awaited them there. Everyone was looking forward to the experience and enjoying some time together, with all expenses paid for.

Along the way, Roitman shared meaningful words with those on board and used the time to catch up with each one individually.

Arriving at Hamei Ga’ash, everyone was given a robe, some slippers and a key to the locker room. From there, all were free to enjoy the spas, saunas and healing springs. There are even outdoor pools with cold waters that are particularly refreshing after bathing in the hot springs.

These hot and cold waters remind us of the words of Yeshua to the believers in Laodicea found in the book of Revelation 3:15. “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were either one or the other!” The hot mineral springs of Hamei Ga’ash bring healing to the body and the cold winter waters in the outdoor pools refreshed those who dared to dive into them. Yeshua desires for us to be like these waters. Either to heal or to refresh, but not to be lukewarm in our faith which is of no benefit to the Body.

Before the day was over, everyone was invited to enjoy a hot lunch served by the staff of the Kibbutz. There were breads, salads, meats and cake for dessert. “Thank you so much for this wonderful day”, the Holocaust Survivors remarked. “We had so much fun, we want to do it again tomorrow!”

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Holocaust Survivor Experiences God’s Power Over Asthma

Boris is an eighty-three year old Holocaust Survivor from Ukraine. Growing up in a ghetto during World War II, Boris recalls one of his strongest memories was the gnawing feeling of hunger. When he was only eight years old, he and his sister would beg for food on the streets, for there were no documents entitling his family to receive government rations. Later on, his mother was employed in the police department which brought in rather large government rations. Remembering their days of hunger caused the family to give generously to others, saving many from starvation. 

After surviving the horrors of the holocaust, Boris grew and married his wife, Lilia Pinskaya. The two dedicated their lives to caring for others and even spent many years helping to clean up Chernobyl after the nuclear accident. But it was in this time of service that Boris and his wife, along with all the other workers, were affected in their health due to vast amounts of exposure to radiation. Lilia came down with cancer and Boris developed a severe case of asthma which resulted in frequent and painful bouts of coughing. 

With Lilia’s deterioration of health, a Ukrainian doctor prescribed making Aliyah to Israel where the two could receive better medical treatment and hopes for a longer life together. But shortly after the move to Israel, Lilia’s battle with cancer ended and Boris was left to face life alone in a new land. 

After a decade of lonely widowhood, Boris became a regular member of CBN Israel’s Holocaust Survivor program in the city of Afula. Here he found community, and experienced the love of God. It was during one of these gatherings that Boris broke out into a severe couching spell resulting from the asthma. The partners of CBN Israel offered to pray in faith for his healing. Boris agreed and welcomed their prayers.

No sooner had the word, “Amen”, left their mouths did Boris begin to feel relief. Breathing became easier and his whole body felt the urge to rejoice. Something was happening! 

When our partners saw Boris again two weeks later, he began to share with them what he had experienced. The coughing was gone! He was able to breathe. God had answered their prayers and healed him completely! 

Boris was so excited about his freedom from asthma, that he began to share the story of healing with his Chernobyl friends who had also been greatly suffering in their health. One by one, they call up, asking if they too can receive prayers for healing. “Must we pay to receive these prayers?” they ask. Our partners share with each one that God’s gifts are free and so are their prayers.

This is the greatness of our God! He is alive and is at work today. He has made a way for each one to receive His amazing gifts for free. Do you need prayer for healing? Let us know! We would be happy to pray for you.

Boris is just one of hundreds of Holocaust Survivors who are experiencing God’s love through CBN Israel and our partners throughout the country. To help us carry on the work that God has entrusted us to do, please consider giving a one time or monthly gift.

From all of us here at CBN Israel, we pray, may the Lord bless you!

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Meet Our New Partners in Nazareth!

We have new partners in Nazareth! Thanks to those who give generously to the work of CBN Israel, we were able to adopt a tenth partner to help us expand our work with Holocaust Survivors and New Immigrants. Our partners have beautiful hearts for God and have already begun hosting celebrations with Survivors and Immigrants in their local area.

As an opportunity for introduction between our partners and the Holocaust Survivors living in Nazareth, CBN Israel provided our partners with walkers and walking sticks to be distributed to those who were struggling with mobility. These special walkers come with a seat which provides an opportunity to rest along the way. With the gift of these walkers, those who were once confined to their homes, are now gratefully enjoying walks in the park, trips to their neighborhood grocery stores and the ability to attend events.

During the celebrations of Rosh Hashana and Succot, our new partners welcomed around seventy Holocaust Survivors and New Immigrants into their newly renovated meeting hall. Many of these guests felt peace and joy as they connected with our partners over food and dancing. They exclaimed, “It is so nice here. We really love to be here.” Due to the fact that nothing in this life is free, the Survivors were curious to know what it would cost them to continue attending these holiday events. “Must we pay something?” they asked. “No”, our partners replied. “You are always welcome here for free.”

As the feast of Hanukkah approaches, our partners are preparing to welcome back their new friends to another celebration in their meeting hall. Each Survivor and Immigrant who attends will receive gifts from our partners and food vouchers from CBN Israel.  If you wish to donate towards these gifts, please do so here.

With the adoption of our new partner in Nazareth, we have hopes to reach our goal of adopting more partners in three separate cities who are ready to come on board with us! To find out more about our “Adopt a Partner” program, write to us at: info@cbnisrael.org

As always, on behalf of the staff of CBN Israel and our faithful partners throughout the land we say, “May the Lord bless you”!

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Christians and Holocaust Survivors Celebrate 25 Years of Partnership

On October 24th, 2017, the All-Israeli Association of Concentration Camps and Ghetto Survivors celebrated their 25th anniversary. Co-founder and current chairman, Gita Koifman, invited hundreds of Holocaust Survivors and their respected community leaders from thirty-four cities in Israel to come together in celebration of the work that has been accomplished over the years and to honor those who have dedicated their time and resources to the cause. CBN Israel and our partner volunteers were among those present in the ceremony.

The association was founded in 1992 for the purposes of protecting the rights and interests of former prisoners of Nazism, preserving the memory of the Holocaust victims and to establish constructive relations with foreign organizations- namely evangelical Christians. Representatives from the organizations who have helped the association reach their goals each took the stage and gave their speech.

“We greatly appreciate the Christian organizations that support us”, said Lilia Glauser. “We have visited with them and have seen for ourselves that their care for us is real.”

German Christian, Harold Heckert, stated in his video that caring for Holocaust Survivors in support of this association was one of the most meaningful things he has done in his life. He followed with the scripture from Isaiah 40:1- “‘Comfort, o comfort My people’, says your God.”

Town organizer, Rita, from Petach Tikva shared, “we really appreciate Christians because they not only give us material support, but also spiritual and emotional (support).”

One of the most impressionable speeches was given by Mr. Cord Muller – a representative from the Consul of Germany in Israel. “We, all of us Germans, brought unbelievable guilt upon us. We as a country will not forget what happened in the Nazi times. We are facing our obligations derived from the Holocaust by telling every new generation of Germans about the horrible crimes that were committed by teaching them to strive for peace and respect towards others and for friendship with Israel.”

After hearing many meaningful speeches, awards were presented to the thirty-four association leaders who work directly with the Survivors in their local areas. Among those who received awards were two of CBN Israel’s partners, Jenny and Inessa.

The meeting closed with songs of celebration in Yidish, Russian and Hebrew, performed by national artist, Daniel Pruzhansky.

Partner with us! For the past five years, CBN Israel has gained the respect of the All-Israel Association of Concentration Camps and Ghetto Survivors and has been serving thirteen hundred survivors in eight cities throughout Israel. With the help of our donors, we have just extended our reach to an additional city, the city of Ashkelon. There are many more who are eager to come alongside CBN Israel in serving the local community of Holocaust Survivors throughout the nation but are held in waiting for the increase of our resources. Would you prayerfully consider giving a monthly gift in support of our work with Holocaust Survivors before the window of opportunity is gone?

Thank you for all your prayers and support! May the Lord bless you from Zion.

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