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    Israel’s diverse Arabic speakers bond as victims of Arab terror

Israel’s diverse Arabic speakers bond as victims of Arab terror

Original source: Article published in The Times of Israel – by Dov Lieber

In a get-together at the ancient springs of Hamat Gader, Israeli Druze, Circassians, Arab Christians and Arab Muslims share their grief over their fallen children

It has been 12 years since Jawdat Salame’s firstborn son Rujayah was killed by a Hamas sniper while on guard duty on the Gaza border.

“It’s not easy to be a bereaved family. You are no longer what you were beforehand…But in their deaths, they commanded us to live,” said the 65-year-old Salame, a veteran of Israel’s police force.

On Monday, Salame, an Arab [...]

March 15th, 2017|Press Room|Comments Off on Israel’s diverse Arabic speakers bond as victims of Arab terror|

Bereaved Families Celebrate Life at Purim Costume Party

Original source: Article published in Y Net News – by Liran Levy

Photo by: Sarah Levine

OneFamily, an organization that provides support to injured and bereaved families across Israel, throws a costume party in celebration of Purim by inviting families who have been affected by terrorism.

Dozens of bereaved families across the country attended a Purim costume party in Jerusalem held by the OneFamily organization on Wednesday.

Among the families who arrived at the festivities was Renana Meir, the daughter of Dafna Meir who was murdered in her home by a Palestinian about a year ago. “It’s very hard, but I’m also [...]

March 13th, 2017|Press Room|Comments Off on Bereaved Families Celebrate Life at Purim Costume Party|

Wheelchair Enhances Annual OneFamily Negev Hike

Original source: Article published in The Canadian Jewish News – by Amy Grief

Peter Ekstein takes part in the Negev hike in a Patatrekker wheelchair.

For the past nine years, OneFamily Canada has been leading a cross-Israel hike. This year, from Oct. 3 to Nov. 3, a group of 75 hikers from Canada, the United States and Britain journeyed through the Negev, raising $450,000 for the OneFamily Fund, an organization that supports victims of terror in Israel.

OneFamily’s Canada executive director Gary Tile said it was the most successful one to date.

“It allows us to bring Canadians to the people [...]

January 20th, 2017|Press Room|Comments Off on Wheelchair Enhances Annual OneFamily Negev Hike|

Bereaved Children Light a Candle at OneFamily Chanukah Camp

Bereaved children light a candle at OneFamily Chanukah Camp: “looking for my brother inside me”

The article below is a translation of a piece published on YNet, Israel’s leading news site, about the closing ceremony at OneFamily’s Chanukah Camp.

It was a joyous Hanukkah party, with dancing and singing, even though the hearts was silently torn asunder. Two hundred children – boys and girls from bereaved families – gathered for a candle lighting ceremony organized by OneFamily. Eight candles, eight children – and each one is a world of loss and longing.

For most of us, the faces are anonymous but [...]

January 6th, 2017|Press Room|Comments Off on Bereaved Children Light a Candle at OneFamily Chanukah Camp|