A daily news update by Leah Garber, VP, JCC Israel Center
Operation Protective Edge — Day 22
Waking up to the 22nd day of Operation Protective Edge to news that five more Israeli soldiers had been killed, bringing the total deaths to a painful 53, is a terrible way to begin a day. The five soldiers were killed when terrorists from Gaza entered Israel through an underground tunnel. According to the Israel Defense Force (IDF), the terrorists attempted to kidnap a wounded soldier during the incident. Last night was also the first night rockets were fired at Israeli civilians throughout the night and into the morning. I have written – on more than one occasion – about how difficult this operation has been for Israel in general. But it is particularly hard on the residents of the country’s south. Most kibbutzim have evacuated their children; many have evacuated entire families. Our kibbutzim in the north have been hosting these southern kibbutzniks and other residents of the south for 22 days now. However, for some, evacuating is not an option. One of those communities includes a small pastoral village less than 16 miles from Gaza. Aleh Negev Nahalat Eran is a community of Jewish, Muslim and Christian people with special needs who have not been able to leave their residence. For 22 days now the village has been under constant and direct threat from Hamas rockets. Unfortunately, the terrorists do not make distinctions when targeting communities. That these are people with special needs, with both physical and cognitive disabilities, doesn’t matter. And yet, the residents of this community cannot run in 30 seconds to a bomb shelter. Many are in wheelchairs or use walkers, some of them are carry cumbersome oxygen tanks, or hooked up to other medical equipment. For this reason, the Home Front Command has advised the village management to keep as many residents as possible in the safe rooms around the clock for the duration of the operation. Only those who can walk or who can be moved quickly inside, have been able to take short trips outside, to breath the fresh air and see the sun during these past few weeks. They are accompanied by caregivers, and not allowed to venture very far from the shelters. Every building on the premises has a safe area. A few days ago a rocket landed near one of the residences, splintering and damaging one of the houses. Because the residence was following these tight security instructions, no one was hurt. This is the second rocket that has fallen in the grounds of Aleh Negev since the start of Operation Protective Edge.
The JCC is Going to Israel. Join us...See Israel in a Whole New Way!
Israel: A Mosaic of Communities
November 8 - 18, 2014
We've had this trip planned and now more than ever think it's important to consider joining your friends from the JCC of Central NJ for this once-in-a-lifetime trip to Israel in November 2014!
We depart on Saturday, November 8 and arrive in Israel Tuesday, November 18 when the experience begins. We start off in Jerusalem and then head to Galilee and Tel Aviv. This amazing trip, which offers both group activities and time on your own, includes sightseeing, actual and educational trips through ancient and contemporary communities, exploration of the kibbutz, a culinary workshop, shopping and so much more. Click here for a sample of the itinerary.
Here are other helpful documents to help you learn more and to register.
We are very excited about this trip and thrilled you will be joining us! Please follow these simple registration directions to ensure that your registration is complete.
1. If you are going alone, please click on the INDIVIDUAL PARTICIPANT REGISTRATION FORM LINK below and type in your information. Once complete, click submit.
2. If you are going as a couple, click on the DOUBLE PARTICIPANT REGISTRATION FORM LINK below and type in your information. Once complete, click submit.
Double Participant Instructions
Double Participant Registration Form
3. Next, click here for the PAYMENT FORM. A $500 deposit is required by June 15, 2014. Please fill it out and click submit. If you are paying by check you must send that separately.
4. Finally, you must make your own FLIGHT ARRANGEMENTS. If you prefer, you can be in touch directly with Sharon Rockman about GROUP BOOKINGS (email@example.com or 908-347-7785). If you make your own flight arrangements, please BE SURE TO ARRIVE IN JERUSALEM on Sunday, November 9, 2014 by 4:00 p.m. Check in will be at the Inbal Hotel beginning at 2:00 p.m. Please be sure to DEPART FROM TEL AVIV on Monday, November 17, 2014 in the evening.
5. We provide a basic HEALTH INSURANCE PACKAGE during your visit to Israel. Please note that for participants over 65, there will be a surcharge. There is no deductible. The insurance does not cover pre-existing conditions, those who have been diagnosed with cancer in the past five years, dental care or eye glasses.
6. For TRAVEL, EXTENDED HEALTH OR LOSS LUGGAGE INSURANCE, you may contact JCC Association Preferred Vendor:
Director, Sales and Marketing
U.S.: (888) 747-3773
For more information and to RSVP for the parlor meetings, contact Sharon Rockman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 908-347-7785.