As a result if the worrying fires in the Haifa area. The children in the Freund Emunah DCC in Haifa was evacuated this morning with a police escort. The children where taken to safety in the city center. Tirat Hacarmel were told to prepare for evacuation. An information call center for Emunah parents has been established in the event of further emergencies. Although there have been fires in Modiin and Ashkelon they are located in safe areas. There is never a dull moment.
This has been an exciting start to the week for me and want to share a few interesting and moving updates. I have only just returned from a very encouraging trip to visit our Emunah affiliates in Montreal and New York and to participate in wonderful events and important meetings all on behalf of the children, families and women of Emunah in Israel. It's so gratifying to take part and experience the dedication of so many wonderful hard working people. The following posts are aimed at showing you how your work around is making such a difference.
Over the past few days Emunah has taken a very active role in marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Our chapters in Israel have held numerous events over the weekend drawing in crowds from all over the country.
This morning Emunah opened yet another day care centre, this time in Pardes Hanna. This spiffing new complex was awarded to Emunah, who was chosen by the local council from amongst many other organizations who competed in the tender. This now joins our other fabulous projects in Pardes Hanna: Emunah Neve Michael Children's Village, Emunah Elisheva High School and our wonderful and active chapter in the town. The opening was attended by Liora Minka and David Hadari, Maya Vazana, head of all Day Care Centres who also MC'd and local leadership.
Every year on the day before Rosh Chodesh Kislev, the Ethiopian community celebrate the holiday of Sigd. Sigd was the festival which marked their yearning for Jerusalem for so many years in Ethiopia. Now that most are in Israel, on this date they gather in Jerusalem en masse, on the Armon Hanatziv Promenade, overlooking the old city and celebrate their Aliya. Not all can go and at Emunah homes and day care centers the children and families are encouraged to celebrate their heritage.
Bnei and Bnot Mitzvah from Emunah Achuzat Sarah have begun this year's hiking program on the Israel National Trail. Every year, the boys and girls celebrating hike together almost every Rosh Chodesh on a different segment of the beautiful trail. This fabulous tradition really creates a special camaraderie and boosts their self esteem and sense of achievement. This will continue every month until our Bar/Bat Mitzvah communal celebrations in June.
Last Thursday the Emunah Children's Centre in Afula hosted a wonderful delegation from Macabbi UK Football (soccer). The visitors met the children, toured the home and learned about the wonderful work being done by Emunah. The visit including a delicious lunch, during which the guests were treated to a performance of the "Emunotes" performing choir, and of course , the culmination was a football match between the boys of Afula and Macabbi UK. In the interests of international diplomacy we will keep the result a secret........
On a recent Thursday evening the running team at Emunah Neve Michael Children's Village participated in the "staircase race" at the Azrieli Shopping Mall in Tel Aviv. Led by village educational director Yechiam Sherlo, the boys and girls ran up 54 floors, covering 1144 stairs.......whew! I'm tired just thinking about it. This is a fabulous achievement and again, another step in our goal of building the children's self esteem and creating opportunities to experience success. At the end of the race the children were on the top of the world, in all senses of the words.