Olim Fund of the Galilee
July 2006 Report

Shalom dear donors and friends of the Olim Fund,

The last five weeks have been grueling as Israel struggled against a difficult enemy set out to erase our country from the map and to kill us all while those of us who reside here in the North either headed South, or spent a great deal of time scurrying back and forth to air raid shelters as the sirens wailed and the barrages of rockets fell.

All of the members of the Board of Directors of your Fund and their families stand in awe, thanksgiving and praise before the Lord God of Israel who spared us personally of anything more that frayed nerves, sleepless nights and tears of sadness as we watched our fellow Israelis pay the ultimate price in blood while our beautiful country was torn asunder by the incessant showers of explosive evil that fell upon us from the sky with regularity each day.

Last evening, the Board of Directors met in the Silverman's lovely home in nearby Porriyya. I chose that location for our meeting since I took this rural community to be "safer" than our own apartment in the center of Tiberias. When I mentioned this rationale to Tamara Silverman, our newly appointed Managing Secretary, she pointed to an open field just a few meters from where we were standing in her living room, to the place where four Katusahs had impacted menacingly close to them. Dear ones, no place in Israel is truly safe these days nor will there be such a place here for any foreseeable time in the future.

Thanks to your never failing generosity, last evening were able to distribute $11,138 among 20 of our most hurting families. This was a very great blessing and we rejoice with all of our hearts that you made this giving loveliness a reality. The details of this distribution are the substance of the attached monthly report.

For those of you who know me personally you would not expect me to passionately cry out for further financial assistance. But, let me tell you, the 20 families you blessed last evening were only the tip of what will surely soon be a massive iceberg of urgent survival needs that will fall upon us before our next meeting in mid September. Already, the current distribution gives a small introduction to what lies just ahead in the coming weeks. Hundreds of thousands of olim families who marginally survive here in the Land of their inheritance have now spent most of the past five weeks in shelters, for the most part unable to work. Even in times of peace, many of these these dear people are terribly fragile when it comes to meeting the barest of necessities like food, shelter, the relief from dental pain, etc. etc. Now, in the face of these five weeks that have literally snatched the means of livelihood from their already bare existence, they are already crying out for help to the Olim Fund and to wherever else they may find a loving heart or listening ear.

How else can I say it: The Olim Fund of Israel, urgently needs a huge expansion of its donations if we are to even begin to meet this enormous need that is now looming before us.

While many of you to who I am sending this report are already long time generous donors to the Fund, I thank each of you from the bottom of my heart for your faithful support. I can only ask you to please take the time now, without delay to tell others about your Fund and its immediate urgent needs.

For you who are receiving this monthly report for the first time, please forgive me for introducing myself with my hand out on behalf of my brothers and sisters here in the Land---this isn't my normal style, but these are not normal times. Since you may not know us or where we are coming from, please visit our web site at www.olimpublications.com to learn the details of how our Fund operates and for what specific purposes. In this regard, I would like to emphasize that: 1.Donations are tax deductible in the United States when sent to us through The Word of Life Association in Roswell, GA, and, 2. Every single penny of every dollar that is donated will flow directly to the olim families in need. Our overhead, which is very low, is provided from sources external to our donation base.

In summary, if you ever had a thought that you would like to take our dear Lord up on His Almighty challenge that those who bless Israel will in turn be abunantly blessed, let me tell you, NOW is the time to open up your hearts and worldly treasure and let these blessings come forth.

With many thanks and many blessings to you all,

Bob Fischer
Founder and Managing Director
The Olim Fund of the Land of Israel
Amutah (Charity) #580433738

 

Olim Fund of the Land of Israel

Monthly distributions for July, 2006

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Family Size

Location

Monthly Income

Overview of Situation Funded

Gift

3

Katzrin

$1044

The seven year old son of a marginally surviving family in the Golan was in constant pain from a mouth full of dental cavities. The Fund dealt with this situation on an emergency out of cycle basis. The treatment was provided by a local dentist in Katzrin as the family was unable to travel due to the threat of frequent rocket attacks.

 

$581

8

Karmiel

$860

This is a very new immigrant young family with six stair stepped children who have lived in a bomb shelter in rocket saturated Karmiel during the past month. They have never had a chance to even begin adjusting to their new home, and have insufficient money for the basic survival necessities. Their most immediate need is for food, baby clothing and diapers. Fresh out of the shelter the head of the family is already desperately seeking employment.

 

$698

2

Karmiel

$837

The head of this very young family has been looking for a better job between rocket attacks, so far with no success. In the meantime, his income from a low paying job has been greatly reduced by lost days in the shelter. His wife is very pregnant and about to give birth to their first child.

This gift is for the necessities in preparation for the soon to arrive new member of the family.

 

$349

2

Netanya

$786

This gift is to assist the Netanya congregation with providing survival support to this young family. The head is marginally employed as a security guard and his wife is still under treatment for a war related nervous collapse and is unable to work. Eventually, the government will provide some support, but in the meantime, outside survival assistance is urgently needed.

 

$349

4

Haifa

$1040

This abandoned young mother with three children is in the process of getting a divorce. The process has been shut down as a result of the War. In the meantime she her children have severe dental problems that need immediate attention. They will be treated in our affiliated clinic in war torn Haifa.

 

$419

1

Haifa

$302

This recently divorced man is required to pay all of his meager income from part time employment to his former wife. He is only working part time as a translator since his full time job has been cut way back as a result of the war. He has no money for food and other survival needs.

 

$233

3

Hadera

$744

This marginally employed divorced mother of two small children who works as a house cleaner has been forced by successive landlords to move three times within the past year. She has had no help in reading the Hebrew language rental contracts that have all worked against her. As a result, she has insufficient money left over from moving related expenses to survive in the short term. Her third and current contract has been properly reviewed. This gift will help her survive as she recovers from this dismal situation.

 

$628

1

Hadera

$233

This single woman in her thirties has been attending to her terminally ill mother for two years while working part time as a house cleaner. Now that her mother has recently passed away, she desperately needs to find a full time job in order to make up for her motherís now lost government support. She is unable to meet her bare survival needs on her very marginal income.

 

$349

1

Kiriat Bialik

$412

This mentally impaired 51 year old single man shared an apartment with another person who recently moved out, leaving the total living expense burden to him. His government support is not enough to meet this new burden and his congregation is urgently helping him look for a less expensive apartment.

 

$698

1

Kiriat Bialik

$465

This 84 year old widow who lives alone in one of the worst rocket hit areas of the North was duped by a local shop when she tried to purchase a desperately needed refrigerator. She lost both the refrigerator and her money and is now still in need of this basic appliance.

 

$581

3

Kiriat Bialik

$1047

This divorced mother of two recently found a full time job to replace her government assistance that has sustained her for several years. The problem is, that her salary, after taxes provides her with less of an income that she got for sitting at home doing nothing. This gift will help her adjust to this new situation as she struggles to survive.

 

$279

1

Ashkelon

$465

This single woman recently opened a hairdresser salon that produced insufficient income for her to survive during the first monthly of its operation. This is in part due to the rockets that are constantly being fired at this southern city by Hamas. Hopefully, her situation will soon improve.

 

$698

2

Ashkelon

$791

This 58 year old woman with one child at home became a widow three months ago. Her oldest son who used to help the family is in the army and fighting in the North. She is now unable to meet all survival level expenses: rent, utilities and food. This gift is to help her transition into her new life situation.

 

$698

6

Ashkelon

$1349

This young mother with five stair stepped children who works part time as a house cleaner was recently attacked by her alcoholic husband from whom she is now separated. In the process he destroyed much of the familyís meager furniture and devastated their finances by going from one unsuccessful rehab. program to the next. This gift is to replace some of the destroyed furniture and to pay a long overdue water bill the non-payment of which is threatening to shut off this vital utility.

 

$581

1

Jerusalem

$279

This single woman is recovering from major surgery for cancer and has been out of work for several months. Her meager government support will eventually be increased but in the meantime she is not able to meet even the most basic survival needs.

 

$558

7

Jerusalem

$1326

The head of this large family has been out of work for several months and his employed wifeís salary, even with government assistance is just barely able to enable them to survive. She has long suffered from untreated dental problems that she has been unable to afford to correct. As a result, she is how in constant pain and unable to eat anything but liquids. This gift will partly pay to correct her urgent situation.

 

$698

4

Karmiel

$1307

The head of this family remained in Karmielin order to keep his job while his wife and two young children fled from the constant rocket barrage of their city. Even so, his income was greatly reduced since he could only work part time because of the situation. This gift is to help offset his loss of income and the families increased expenses due to their emergency flight to relative safety.

 

$349

2

Holon (Tel Aviv)

$824

This pastor of a congregation in Holon has now been treated by our affiliated clinic in Haifa for urgently required dental problems. Our Fund has a cap of 3000 NIS ($698) which has been required in this case.

 

$698

3

Porriyya

$465

This unemployed school teacher who is married to a marginally unemployed house painter recently required emergency dental care to replace her full mouth dentures that were beyond repair

$298

2

Karmiel

$631

This very recent new immigrant who lives with her adult daughter recently was treated in our associated clinic in Haifa for severe dental disease that was preventing her from eating and causing her to be in constant pain.

 

$698

2

Haifa

$795

This 57 year old widow who has her adult disabled son living at home recently received care for her emergency dental needs in our affiliated clinic in Haifa. She too had been in constant pain and unable to eat solid food.

 

$698

 

 

 

 

Total monthly gifts

 

$11,138

 

Copyright 2002 by Raymond Robert Fischer