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A Great Testimony, Visit with Alina

As part of our food distribution program, our team in the south meet many Holocaust survivors, and other elderly people who don’t have the ability to provide themselves with the basic need of food. 

Our partners working in the south of Israel went to visit Alina, a dear 80-year-old woman, which resulted in a powerful testimony of a divine appointment.  

Alina had undergone several surgeries throughout the years and was so debilitated that she was unable to lift more than a kilogram. Our team visited her in her apartment with food and other essentials, which touched her deeply to know people cared that much. The team spent some time with her in fellowship and getting to know her further. 

She told us how she had immigrated to Israel from the Ukraine nearly 20 years ago and that it was a dream come true for her as a Jewish woman to return to the Land of her forefathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 

The presence of the Lord was tangible at that point that Alina couldn’t help but be touched by the Holy Spirit. She then opened up and shared how during one of her many surgeries she died clinically. She remembers that she left her body and could see her own body from above, she then remembers how she suddenly saw the world from on high, saying how she felt an incredible light all around her and a feeling of complete peace, but then in an instant she was brought back and she found herself back in her body in the recovery room after the surgery. 

This precious lady has now come into newness of life in Jesus, full of strength and hunger to know her Savior more intimately. We gifted her with an audio Bible and she is thoroughly enjoying it! 

It is truly a moment out of time, when God comes and meets one person, in their own home, not because of who they are, but because of who He is – a faithful and loving God.

We want to thank you deeply for the faithful and on-going support you provide us with. You are a great part of the biggest changes in people’s lives all over the Land of Israel. 

May you be filled with the presence and the blessings of our Father. 

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Holocaust Survivor Leaves Behind A Legacy

This week we lost a great woman. Eva Mozes Kor, a Holocaust survivor, passed away at 85-years-old. She left behind a legacy, a life demonstrating forgiveness, serving as an example for future generations.  

Eva was born in Port, Romania in 1934 to Alexander and Jaffa Mozes who were farmers. In addition to two other sisters, Eva had a twin sister Miriam.  In 1940, the family was transported to Auschwitz. 

Upon arrival, an SS officer noticed that Eva and Miriam were twins. After confirming with their parents that they were twins, Eva and Miriam were sent to take part in Josef Mengele’s cruel experiments. Josef Mengele was the notorious doctor at Auschwitz, also known as the Angel of Death, who performed deadly experiments on those in the concentration camp.  

According to Eva’s testimony, Mengele would experiment on children six days a week. They had various types of deadly tests conducted on them and lethal injections used as a means for spreading illnesses among the children. Despite this, she never gave up hope. She believed, imagined that she and her sister would escape alive.

In January 1945, the Soviet army liberated the camp, and Eva and Miriam went to live with their aunt in Romania.

Seventy years later in April 2015, Eva traveled to Germany to testify in the trial of former Nazi Oskar Groning. During the trial, the two shared an embrace and a kiss where Eva thanked him for his willingness at age 93, to testify to what happened more than 70 years ago. 

Eva chose to live a life of forgiveness, she saw that living in bitterness, and anger was negatively influencing her life. 

Here at CBN Israel, we support Holocaust survivors and provide a platform for those to speak up on behalf of those who perished at the hands of the Nazis during World War II. 

We honor those who lost loved ones to this horrific war. Through our partnerships with local congregations, we provide supplies, food parcels, medical support, and coverage for their basic needs.

This is all made possible by you, our faithful supporters. Thank you for your commitment and support to the people of Israel.

May the Lord bless you abundantly.  

 

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Yom HaShoah – If Not Now, When?

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted […]” (Matthew 5:4)

This week Israel observes Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, to honor and remember the 6 million Jews who perished under Nazi rule in World War II. For many countries, the reality of the Holocaust is a strong message for how low humanity can fall, and that we must all work to commemorate this tragedy in order to uphold the promise of “never again”. However, in Israel, the reality of this catastrophe is still very much alive today. At the beginning of 2019, the Israel Census Bureau reported that there was a total of 212,000 remaining survivors in Israel, of which, the majority are all over the age of 80 years old. Nearly 40% of the survivors who reside in Israel today arrived during a very concentrated window of time between 1948 and 1951, immediately after the Israeli War of Independence and the recognition of Israel as an official country for the Jewish people. Many modern-day Israelis are either related to or know a Holocaust survivor, so the memory of this tragedy does not feel so distant. However, with every passing year, thousands of survivors pass away, and their first-hand testimonies die with them. It is because of this reality, and the rising rates of anti-Semitism once again, that many survivors and Jews across the globe have felt an urgency to record and chronicle their stories to keep history from repeating itself.

Every Yom HaShoah a loud air-raid siren rings out throughout Israel; cars come to a stand-still on highways, workers and students rise from their desks, and a nation of people stand in silence for two minutes of solemn reflection and mourning. Despite this annual display of honor and sorrow for those who experienced the Holocaust, the survivors who reside in Israel today often still struggle with some fundamental needs. Because many experience a recurrence of old memories and trauma as they enter into old age the survivor community in Israel can often experience depression, isolation, and feelings of despair and loneliness. Not only this, many survivors have few familial ties, as their family in Europe often perished, and in their old age, they lack community and connection and sometimes financial support. It is reported that over 45,000 survivors live below the poverty line in Israel. In addition to emotional needs, usually, they also need day-to-day economic support. This demand has always touched the heart of CBN Israel, and as an organization, CBN has aimed to honor and support Holocaust survivors throughout the other 364 days of the year as well.

Through our partnerships with multiple Messianic congregations throughout Israel, CBN gives monthly food parcels, vouchers, medical support, and coverage for other basic needs to survivors in numerous cities. In the Northern region, in partnership with Rivers of Living Water Congregation in Karmiel, we provide monthly food parcels for nearly 900 survivors! Through our support, partners like the Karmiel congregation can also offer emotional care by hosting outreach events, inter-faith services, and allowing God to touch their hearts in whatever way they can. Believers create a space to sing, dance, and pray for the survivors at different holiday celebrations as well as the weekly service that many survivors have made a weekly staple now. Attendees say that clearly their hearts are very touched by the end of each gathering. One of the facilitation leaders for the survivors’ support stated that “service should not only be by bread alone, but also through whatever way we can show God’s love to bring more care and peace into their lives. Most importantly, they need to know that they are not alone, and we are there to show them that they never can be”.

It is with an open heart that CBN Israel and our partners do everything in our power to extend God’s love to Holocaust survivors in Israel while they are still among us. In only a few generations the number of survivors will be dwindling, so the urgency to support them today has never been more pressing. If not us, who will show them comfort and provide for them emotionally, financially and spiritually in their final years? If not now, when? If you wish to pray for the care and provision for the remaining survivors in Israel, we ask that you pray that they may ‘mourn with hope’ for those who have already passed or perished, for the eternal love of God covers them.

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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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