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Entrance to the Mount Hermon sky resort and tourist site will be free for Passover.
In addition, guided tours will also be free during the holiday. Only use of the cable lift to the upper mountain will carry a fee.
While there’s not much snow left, there are bike trails, hiking trails and extreme mountain sleds.
The mountain starts at 1600 meters above sea level, and its peak is 2040 meters above sea level. The resort area covers 5000 acres of terrain.
Every Jewish mother wishes they could have a new house for Pesach, in order to minimize the amount of cleaning needed. Ofra, a woman from Dimona in Southern Israel, will see this dream become her reality, thanks to Meir Panim. After living in squalid conditions, the single mother and her five children will have a remodeled, freshly painted home, free of mold and leaks, with functional bathrooms and even new furniture.
This is just one of Meir Panim’s latest Pesach initiatives. As Israel’s premier poverty relief organization, Meir Panim has unveiled new programs to give aid and dignity to impoverished Israelis this Pesach. These are in addition to the regular programing and include a home renovations program, take-home seder meals and clothing gift cards for women.
“We are thrilled to be able to expand our reach, thanks to gifts from generous donors who have teamed up with us to provide support and warmth to thousands of families in need,” said David Roth, president of American Friends of Meir Panim. “Our programs, both new and old, aim to provide aid in unique ways, by empowering those who struggle and helping them feel their burdens eased. This is why we provide hot meals, food packages, gift cards, home renovations and clothing. We want everyone in Israel to enjoy the holidays as much as possible.”
This Pesach, Meir Panim will host 700 people in its public seders and hundreds of children will enjoy activities at the after-school clubs. With the help of social workers, the organization will distribute 2,000 pre-paid food cards to families to assist them in purchasing groceries for the holiday. An additional 1,000 food packages, packed with produce, frozen foods, juices and snacks, will be sent to families in need.
In another initiative, single mothers received vouchers worth $200-$300 at upscale clothing retail stores. The vouchers were distributed to the most needy with special instructions: that the money could only be spent on clothing for themselves. Meir Panim workers have heard wonderful feedback from these women, who feel reenergized and special. Meir Panim branches also are giving away new and gently used clothing to locals. In addition, several families, like Ofra’s, got a bigger treat: a remodeled home in time for Pesach. This project is dedicated to families living in intolerable conditions and is organized by local Meir Panim volunteers.
Also in Dimona, the Municipality and local residents are a hosting fundraising event to benefit Meir Panim. Celebrities, local VIPs and political figures have signed on to participate. Over 600 people are expected to attend.
All of Meir Panim’s programs are open to Israelis of all backgrounds, with the goal of alleviating the burdens of poverty and “lighting up the faces” of those in need. Since 2000, Meir Panim has served over 3 million free meals and provided countless other services to Israel’s impoverished population.
To contribute to the Pesach campaign, click here
Two worshippers in a synagogue on Passover saved a child from death in a burning car that exploded shortly after the rescue.
The worshippers rushed to the burning vehicle after hearing the family’ scream for help, and they found the toddler strapped in a car seat. The worshippers, Moshe Kupperman and a second man, identified only as “Shlomo” and an IDF veteran, survived the intense heat from the burning car while unfastening the child’s seat belt and freeing him.
Two other passengers fled on their own before the Peugeot 307 exploded, the London Evening Standard reported.
The family was taken into the synagogue to recover as firefighters rushed to the scene and extinguished the fire, which destroyed the car.
Michael Block, who worships at the synagogue, told the Standard, “The people in the car realized there was going to be a problem and tried to get out, then fire started coming out. The family in the car was beside themselves and in shock. Shlomo is a lovely chap and he hasn’t been in this country for very long…. He was very brave…. He is a well-meaning guy who saw there was a problem and went to try and help. He is definitely a local hero.”
It is said that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. For some Jews in Donetsk, Ukraine on this Passover holiday of “freedom,” concern and even fear is lurking in their thoughts, making them wonder about the lessons of the past.
On the first day of Passover this week, three armed men in the eastern Ukrainian province of Donetsk distributed flyers warning Jews to “register” themselves and their assets with the new pro-Russian government, according to the novosti.dn.ua website.
The flyers were handed out next to a synagogue as people were leaving following holiday prayers. They read as follows:
“Dear Ukraine citizens of Jewish nationality,
Due to the fact that the leaders of the Jewish community of Ukraine supported (Stepan) Bendery Junta, and oppose the pro-Slavic People’s Republic of Donetsk, [the interim government] has decided that all citizens of Jewish descent age 16 and older, residing within the territory of the republic, are required to report to the Commissioner for Nationalities in the Donetsk Regional Administration building and register by May 3.
(Ed. Note: Stepan Bander was a Ukrainian nationalist leader in Kiev who fought with Nazi Germany in the 1940s against Soviet troops before switching sides and taking up arms against the German occupation.)
“ID and passport are required to register your Jewish religion, religious documents of family members, as well as documents establishing the rights to all real estate property that belongs to you, including vehicles. Evasion of registration will result in citizenship revocation and you will be forced outside the country with a confiscation of property. A registration fee of $50 is required.”
Pro-Russian separatists are occupying the building where the Jews were told the register.
The flyer was written in the Russian language and bore the symbol of Mother Russia at the top of the page and that of the Donetsk People’s Republic at the bottom. It was allegedly signed by Denis Pushilin, chairman of the Donetsk interim government but no ink signature is seen on the paper.
Donetsk was recently declared an independent “people’s republic” by pro-Russian activists. In response to a query by a Ukrainian Jewish website, Pushilin confirmed the flyers were indeed distributed by his organization. However, he was quoted by the tvrain.ru news site on Wednesday as denying any connection to the content, and called the flyers a ‘provocation.’
Nevertheless, Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky told Voice of Israel government radio on Wednesday that aliyah from the Ukraine is likely to double by the end of 2014.
The flyer – authentic or not – constitutes the 17th anti-Semitic incident to have taken place in Ukraine since the beginning of 2014. Most were violent attacks. Several were aimed at Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries and a few were life-threatening. Five took place in Kiev alone, according to statistics gleaned from the Coordination Forum for Countering Antisemitism (CFCA) website.
A reader on the Israel Matzav blog warned in a number of posts that the situation in Ukraine is becoming extremely dangerous for Jews.
Wisely, a Jewish resident of Donetsk told Ynet that she does not intend to register, although she said that she had never encountered any form of anti-Semitism until she saw the flyer. “Though I take it very seriously, I am uncertain of its authenticity,” she said.