Support our Israeli Girls

Categories: Jewish Moment

Sarah, Rivkah, Rachel, and Leah, our esteemed matriarchs; women of the Torah, who serve as the life partners of our patriarchs. Together with their husbands, they built a holy nation which continues to thrive to this very day. Sari, Rivki, Ruchi, and Laylay, are all residents of the Lev Lalev Orphanage in Netanya, Israel. Like the matriarchs, our “Imahos,” our girls have struggled at a young age. Laylay came to us recently after her mom died of an aneurysm. She is angry, perplexed, and sad. She cries herself to sleep nightly. But through the love and support of our staff, and through the more settled and senior girls at the home, and YOU, our Lev Lalev extended family, we are confident that she will ultimately find her way. What a mitzvah: what a loving act of kindness to help the young orphaned and disadvantaged girls at Lev Lalev. Here, we provide the girls with all of their physical needs – we give them housing, nutritious food, and weekday and holiday clothing. But, we do so much more! They are our daughters. They are family. And we give them hope, inspiration, and a pathway to success. Through our unique and targeted mental health intervention program, each girl gets the boost and support she needs to move ahead. Like our own children, we help to build the self-esteem for each of our girls, the fundamental building block in taking away their pain, and preparing them for a positive, healthy, and productive future. How wonderful it is when one of our girls reaches a new standard and together we celebrate her success. Last year fourĀ  of our girls were married, and one of them recently became a mother. She came to visit the home last week with her new daughter and said that she is so thankful for the help and support she got, and that she is confident that she will give her daughter the love she needs to succeed. The mitzvah of Jewish giving – supporting the people of Israel through contributions and prayers, is divine. We humbly appreciate our partnership – partnership for good, and for change.