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Than you so much to the Shaldag Special Force Unit Soldiers who took the time to come and visit our students in Emunah Afula's Children's Home. They are Israel's Elite. Thank you for sharing your experiences and your stories with us.  Your simplicity and your kindness are so inspiring to our children. 

Emunah's Neve Michael Director David Friedman celebrated with Shalev who received his first pair of tefilin and got called up to the Torah in the synagogue for the first time. The Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration is a most meaningful event in the lives of the children. Emunah's Neve Michael's staff members are privileged to share this special occasion with their young men and women which will hopefully help them on their road to a better future.

Emunah Zurich organized a warm creative day for the community: whilst parents were enjoying a delicious brunch, children were expressing their creativity during a traditional candle confection workshop. Lots of fun which will hopefully add much light in the Jewish homes of Switzerland. In their recent High Holidays campaign, Emunah Zurich raised significant funds for clothing, new linen and birthdays parties for the children residing in Emunah homes.

As we celebrate the Hannukah holiday, also known as the "Festival of Lights", I would like to share an amazing story about a newborn baby, called Orit, who is bringing endless light and happiness to so many people.

*Rivka arrived over 30 years ago to Emunah's Neve Michael Children's Home. She was a young 13 year old girl with an older sister who was emotionally unstable, a married brother whose daughter was removed to foster care and another sister who was almost murdered together with her daughter by her Arab husband.

Thanks to all the love and support that Rivka had received at Emunah's Neve Michael, she managed to overcome her ghosts of the past, study and graduate from Emunah's Neve Michael. Throughout the years, Rivka had always kept in touch with Emunah's Neve Michael. After Rivka married a lovely boy whose father had died at a young age, they returned to work at Rivka's real home – Emunah's Neve Michael.

Unfortunately, they were unable able to have children, even after undergoing expensive fertility procedures both abroad and in Israel that were covered by funds that Emunah's Neve Michael was able to raise. They never complained and were grateful for so many other things in their lives. *David, Rivka's husband, began to do maintenance work at Emunah's Neve Michael's Children's Emergency Crisis Center and proved to be a meticulous worker. The children loved him and Rivka, especially Merav.

*Merav is a little girl who was removed from her home and sent to Emunah's Neve Michael's Children's Emergency Crisis Center because her mother was mentally unstable and unable to properly care for Merav who was in constant danger. The courts took away her mother's parental rights and before Passover 2018, she was adopted by Rivka and David. The entire Emunah's Neve Michael Family wept with joy when this happened. Rivka is like a daughter to me and even calls me mother. We made sure that Merav would be the star at our Passover Seder and she certainly was. My husband surprised her with a brand new pink bike because she found the Passover Afikoman.

The story gets better.

Merav's mother, who was mentally unstable, was constantly in and out of the hospital. Once again, she found herself pregnant. About a month ago, she gave birth to a baby girl who was taken away from her by court order immediately after birth. A week later, the baby was given to Rivka and David to adopt. They named her Orit and now both sisters can grow up together.

Another miracle has happened here that has touched so many people and has filled their lives with such joy and happiness. The social worker cannot believe all the love and support this family is getting from the wonderful people at Emunah's Neve Michael.


Happy Hannukah!!

*names withheld

The opening of the new Emunah Daycare Center in Efrat (Tamar Neighbourhood). Mezuzot were fixed by the Rav haRashi of Efrat, Rav Shlomo Riskin, in the presence of Liora Minka President of Emunah Israel and Oded Revivi, the Head of the city council. We all wish hazlacha raba to the amazing team!

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