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Israel Uncensored: Living in Susiya While Working for the “Jewish Federation” of Judea and Samaria [audio]

Monday, September 12th, 2016

One Israel Fund Director of Community Development Natalie Sopinsky explains to Josh Hasten how her organization is essentially the “Jewish Federation” for Judea and Samaria, raising funds for educational, recreational, spiritual and other projects for its residents. At the same time Sopinsky is a resident of the Southern Hebron Hills Jewish community of Susiya which has made international headlines lately since Arab squatters have set up an illegal encampment nearby. With EU funding, and anti-Israel NGO’s supporting the squatters, will the Israeli government uphold the law by removing the illegal structures? Sopinsky weighs in.

The Land of Israel

Right Meets Left at Princeton Jewish Center

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

“Israel’s enemies have refocused their efforts to target the weakest link–American Jewry,” Marc Prowiser, Director of Security Projects for the One Israel Fund, told a gathering in Princeton Monday evening, June 16.

Prowiser, who spoke at the The Jewish Center of Princeton (TJC), was brought, according to an email from the TJC president, as part of an effort to “provide a range of perspectives on Israel.”

Prowiser said he was disappointed that TJC did not invite him to debate the executive vice president of the New Israel Fund, who will speak Wednesday evening.

Declining membership at TJC, a conservative congregation located in a central New Jersey town dominated by the University and liberal left thinking, includes a number of resignations from longtime members due to TJC’s waning support for pro-Israel programming.

America’s view of Israel, said Prowiser, a security expert who has lived in Shiloh for more than two decades, is the result of intentional “misinformation and manipulation by the media.” Jews of the Yishuv—a biblical word that loosely translates to ‘settlement’ and the source for much international misrepresentation—are “hated for something that does not exist.”

Prowiser, a compact well-spoken Israeli sporting jeans and boots, himself belies the media’s portrayal of the “settler” as someone clad in black with “long payos and an axe.”  Shiloh, is located in Israel’s Shomron region. TJC congregant Nelson Obus described the town as “Levittown but nicer.”  It also happens to be the first Biblical city to house the Mishkan (or Ark of the Covenant). More than 700,000 Jews currently reside in Judea and Samaria.

Prowiser, who favors a One-State solution for Israel where Arabs are welcome but “citizenship is earned,” spent much of the evening fielding questions.

On the security fence, Prowiser said he preferred to take it down as soon as possible but “would fight terror without mercy.”

Responding to a final query from the only teen in the room, Prowiser told him: “if you are for freedom and democracy and you are not for Israel, you are a hypocrite.”

Helene Fragman Abramson

Palestinian Sniper From Gaza Tries to Kill Israeli Farmer

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

A Palestinian sniper attempted to kill an Israeli farmer working in a field near Kibbutz Nir Oz in the Eshkol Regional Council area on Thursday, shooting from a vantage point in Gaza.

The farmer hid behind a tractor until IDF soldiers arrived and evacuated him to safety.  He was not injured.  The soldiers returned fire.

Last month, a Palestinian sniper shot and injured two IDF soldiers patrolling along the border.

On June 1, Staff Sgt. Netanel Moshiashvili was killed in a firefight with a Palestinian terrorist infiltrator, Ahmed Nassir, from Gaza.  The infiltrator was also killed, preventing him from conducting an attack on Israeli civilians.

Marc Prowisor, Director of Security Projects at One Israel Fund and former head of security for the Shilo region, told the Jewish Press that while Thursday’s attack is grave, it is not unusual.

“This happens all the time, you just don’t hear about it in the news,” Prowisor said.   “There is no peace on the Gaza border, it just proves that if Israel leaves an area, it brings more violence.”

“The fact that it is quiet [in Judea and Samaria] is due to the fact that we are working very hard maintaining security, not due to the fact that there has been a change of heart by our Arab neighbors.”

Malkah Fleisher

One Young Lady’s Drive To Build A Playground

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

   “Building From Bottles” is a community-wide endeavor orchestrated by Avigail Borah, an 11-year-old from Hewlett, NY. Her goal is to amass enough recyclable bottles and cans and donate the redeemed proceeds to One Israel Fund (OIF) to help build a playground for the Jewish children living in Israel.

 

   Even with a promise of matching funds from a generous friend of OIF, in order for Avigail to reach her goal, some 80,000 bottles must still be collected and processed – an ambitious task to say the least. But with the help of her mom, school principal, sister Ariella and many friends, neighbors, classmates and local stores she is well on her way.

 

   To that end, Brach’s Five Towns Supermarket has given Avigail the opportunity to host her first bottle drive by the recycling machines on Sunday, November 14 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. All are encouraged to bring their cans and bottles to the Brach’s parking lot at 11 Lawrence Lane, process them in the machines and then donate the slips to the Building From Bottles team to help bring this project to fruition.

 

Avigail (left) with her sister Ariella

 

   The idea for this project came about when OIF honored Avigail and her Girl Scout Troop (703) for coordinating the sale and shipment of 350 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to Israeli soldiers on the front. An OIF video, at the dinner, depicting a woman’s efforts to build a playground in honor of her fallen son inspired Avigail to begin this project in honor of her becoming a bat mitzvah.

 

   “We are so proud of Avigail’s commitment to this program, the environment and her fellow Jews,” said mom Andrea Borah. “She has spearheaded the effort from the start. The appreciation she shows to each friend, neighbor or classmate who helps in the process is admirable and proof to us of the type of woman she is becoming.”

 

   When Rookie Billet, incoming principal at Bnot Shulamith Middle School, heard of Avigail’s choice of project for her bat mitzvah she immediately got on board. Today, there are receptacles in every elementary and middle school classroom and there is a school-wide competition among the grades to see which can bring in the most bottles and cans – periodic ice cream parties are the tempting treat that keeps the competitive spirit alive.

 

   “It’s been inspirational to see the extraordinary response from our students to Avigail’s recycling project,” noted Billet. “The students are so careful about recycling their drink bottles and they even bring in big trash bags of bottles from home on Monday mornings. It’s amazing how one young woman can inspire a whole school.”

 

   “Children don’t understand when they’re supposed to fail – which is why they most often succeed,” said Scott M. Feltman, One Israel Fund’s executive director. “Adults, more often than not, only see the obstacles to success. With kids they only see the end goal and that’s why their drive to succeed is unparalleled. From one young woman’s idea, to her entire school’s weekly contributions and local stores and other institutions getting behind the project, I am sure Avigail will not only fulfill her quest but exceed her goals beyond even her own imagination.”

 

   Building From Bottles is more than just Avigail’s personal dream, it’s a very tangible reality that has energized and mobilized so many. With some 20,000 recyclables collected to date, there is still so much to do. Visit the Building From Bottles Facebook page for ideas and drop off locations or bring your cans and bottles to Brach’s parking lot on Sunday, November 14 and see what a difference a nickel can make That’s 20,001 and counting. And if you are interested in bringing this campaign to your school, synagogue or community, please contact One Israel Fund at 516-239-9202 or e-mail projects@oneisraelfund.org.

Carrie Beylus

One Young Lady’s Drive To Build A Playground

Thursday, November 11th, 2010


   “Building From Bottles” is a community-wide endeavor orchestrated by Avigail Borah, an 11-year-old from Hewlett, NY. Her goal is to amass enough recyclable bottles and cans and donate the redeemed proceeds to One Israel Fund (OIF) to help build a playground for the Jewish children living in Israel.

 

   Even with a promise of matching funds from a generous friend of OIF, in order for Avigail to reach her goal, some 80,000 bottles must still be collected and processed – an ambitious task to say the least. But with the help of her mom, school principal, sister Ariella and many friends, neighbors, classmates and local stores she is well on her way.

 

   To that end, Brach’s Five Towns Supermarket has given Avigail the opportunity to host her first bottle drive by the recycling machines on Sunday, November 14 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. All are encouraged to bring their cans and bottles to the Brach’s parking lot at 11 Lawrence Lane, process them in the machines and then donate the slips to the Building From Bottles team to help bring this project to fruition.

 



Avigail (left) with her sister Ariella


 

   The idea for this project came about when OIF honored Avigail and her Girl Scout Troop (703) for coordinating the sale and shipment of 350 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to Israeli soldiers on the front. An OIF video, at the dinner, depicting a woman’s efforts to build a playground in honor of her fallen son inspired Avigail to begin this project in honor of her becoming a bat mitzvah.

 

   “We are so proud of Avigail’s commitment to this program, the environment and her fellow Jews,” said mom Andrea Borah. “She has spearheaded the effort from the start. The appreciation she shows to each friend, neighbor or classmate who helps in the process is admirable and proof to us of the type of woman she is becoming.”

 

   When Rookie Billet, incoming principal at Bnot Shulamith Middle School, heard of Avigail’s choice of project for her bat mitzvah she immediately got on board. Today, there are receptacles in every elementary and middle school classroom and there is a school-wide competition among the grades to see which can bring in the most bottles and cans – periodic ice cream parties are the tempting treat that keeps the competitive spirit alive.

 

   “It’s been inspirational to see the extraordinary response from our students to Avigail’s recycling project,” noted Billet. “The students are so careful about recycling their drink bottles and they even bring in big trash bags of bottles from home on Monday mornings. It’s amazing how one young woman can inspire a whole school.”

 

   “Children don’t understand when they’re supposed to fail – which is why they most often succeed,” said Scott M. Feltman, One Israel Fund’s executive director. “Adults, more often than not, only see the obstacles to success. With kids they only see the end goal and that’s why their drive to succeed is unparalleled. From one young woman’s idea, to her entire school’s weekly contributions and local stores and other institutions getting behind the project, I am sure Avigail will not only fulfill her quest but exceed her goals beyond even her own imagination.”

 

   Building From Bottles is more than just Avigail’s personal dream, it’s a very tangible reality that has energized and mobilized so many. With some 20,000 recyclables collected to date, there is still so much to do. Visit the Building From Bottles Facebook page for ideas and drop off locations or bring your cans and bottles to Brach’s parking lot on Sunday, November 14 and see what a difference a nickel can make That’s 20,001 and counting. And if you are interested in bringing this campaign to your school, synagogue or community, please contact One Israel Fund at 516-239-9202 or e-mail projects@oneisraelfund.org.

Carrie Beylus

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