Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Emergency Situation In Tsfat - Eizer L'Shabbos Appeal

Damage caused by a Katyusha rocket in Tsfat
(Picture courtesy of the Jerusalem Post)

Last night, I called Rabbi Binyomin Rosenberg in Israel to get an update about the critical situation in Tsfat and the relief activities of Eizer L'Shabbos.

Rabbi Rosenberg related that the rocket attacks have had a devastating effect on the population of Tsfat. The great majority of people have left the city and most of the people who remain behind do not have the financial means to leave. While poverty has always been crushing to the poor people in Tsfat, the rocket attacks has crippled the city, now psychologically scaring many children who live in fear for their lives.

With all of the banks closed, supermarkets open for only a few hours a day, most of Tsfat's resident stay close to, or in, the bomb shelters. Rabbi Rosenberg said that he is getting call after call from people who don't have any money, don't have any food, and are too scared to leave their bomb shelters.

Despite all of these obstacles, Eizer L'Shabbos continues to provide food to hungry people, arrange for transportation for people who desire to leave Tsfat, and also help those who have left, by finding them a temporary place to live and providing them with food and other basic necessities.

Do not turn your back on these people in their time of need. Please join me and send tzedakah to Eizer L'Shabbos to help the people of Tsfat. Even if you can only spare a mere dollar, please send it to help your brothers and sisters in Eretz Yisroel!

Donations can be sent to:

Eizer L'Shabbos
5014 16th Avenue, Suite 319
Brooklyn, NY 11204