Livermore, CA (PRWEB) August 6, 2007
Communities throughout the Jewish world are moved by the plight of Israelis living on the front line in Sderot and are looking for ways to help them. Connections Israel is offering to strengthen the connection between Diaspora communities and schools and Sderot's besieged citizens with educational and solidarity projects.
This Rosh Hashanah, Connections Israel plans to deliver a holiday gift basket to every family in Sderot with a letter of support from a Jewish family overseas. Copies of the letters will be displayed in Sderot and venues around Israel. This project will connect families and communities in a major expression of Jewish unity.
Connections Israel Director Adi Friedman explains the motivation behind the Rosh Hashanah campaign: "The people of Sderot are living in fear of daily attack by Kassam rockets from Gaza. They feel that Jews around the world do not care about their plight - they feel totally alone and forgotten. Our Rosh Hashanah campaign will provide a major injection of support from their 'extended Jewish family' overseas, helping them to feel more positive about facing the New Year."
Adi and his partner, Mordechai Cohen, who founded the Connections Israel organization in 1998, believe that educating Jews outside Israel about the reality of the situation in Israel is an important goal in itself.
"We work with schools and communities to help them understand what is going on behind the news headlines that they see - how it feels to serve in the Israeli army or to plan your life so as to stay close to the nearest bomb shelter. When communities understand and identify with Israelis, they want to reach out and give them a hug. Our Rosh Hashanah Gift Baskets project is about helping them to express their support."
Connections Israel is an independent educational non-profit organization which works to strengthen the connection between Jewish communities and schools around the world and Israel's citizens and soldiers. Connections Israel provides educational programs for schools and shuls, as part of the process of fostering relationships between Diaspora Jews and Israelis. Last year, 80 schools and communities sent over 3,000 gifts to soldiers and victims of terror attacks, and the donors received thank you letters and photographs from the recipients.
To find out more about the Connections Israel Rosh Hashanah Project and arrange to interview Adi and others involved, contact adi @ connectionsisrael.com or call 054-3452566.