Monday 28th May, 2018 - 14 Sivan 5778 12:00 Noon
Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem - 250 nis (before May 14th) 270 nis (after May 14th)
Keynote Speaker: Mr. David Horovitz, Editor, Times of Israel
Dvar Torah: Rebbetzin Pearl Borow
Pre-Luncheon special power presentation:
"A startup Bible Nation - Israel at the Forefront of Innovation"presented by the Educational Division of the Bible Lands Museum
Ad Sponsorship available
Proceeds to young women at-risk who are graduates of Emunah centers
Doris Krauthamer Robyn Spitzer Fran Gendelman Sally Tokayer
This is an inspiring story of how Emunah changed one boy's life and turned him from a recipient of our help, support and chessed to a giver - a person who now reaches out to help and support others.
Vadim is 32 years old and lives in the rural town of Givat Ada, near Pardes Hanna. Vadim was 2 years old in Latvia when his violent, alcoholic father bluffed his way into the home of his ex-wife, Vadim's mother, and murdered her. At the age of 9, when the rumor of his father's pending release from prison reached his grandmother, she hid Vadim and his siblings in the trunk of a car and brought them to Israel. Later, Vadim, who was very unsettled found himself at the Emunah Children's Center in Afula, where he lived and was cared for, for 7 years. Vadim graduated with full matriculation, completed 3 years of combat military service (and would have been an officer, had he not needed to get back home to help his grandmother care for his orphaned nieces and nephew after his sister died of cancer).
Time is short to tell Vadim's entire story (and we are planning to make a video about him, with his cooperation, so we'll leave something for the movie) but I will share that he came back and worked as a councilor at the home in Afula whilst studying to become a practical engineer with the help of our scholarship fund. When a fire broke out at the center, one Friday night, due to an electrical fault, Vadim single handly carried many children out of the smoking building, before people arrived to help him.
Vadim is now married to his amazing wife, Tovi, and has a very well paid and responsible job. He has also just started to study for an engineering degree. There are many reasons for us to believe that Emunah has helped Vadim to break that cycle. But if we needed unequivocal proof, Vadim posted the following message last week on his Facebook page - appealing to his friends.
My dear brothers,
My name is Vadim. Two years ago, a took upon myself a very important responsibility – to help children at risk in the place from which I came and where I was educated.
The principle “know from where you come and where you’re heading” has guided me for the past 32 years and reminds me all the time not to forget where I came from and how hard it was.
Today, Thank G-d, I have almost everything. A beautiful wife, a home, a car, a steady job. I lack nothing. Make no mistake, I am still not a millionaire, but my situation is “millions” better than many others. Better than children who have experienced tough experiences or those whose parents don’t have money.
This Pesach, thank G-d, most of us will sit around a table laden with good things but there are those who don’t have enough for to celebrate the holiday,
I would be very pleased if together we could meet the challenge and help as many as possible this year. When I started this two years ago, only one brother joined me in this mitzvah. Maybe this year more of you will join me. Love you. Vadim
Today, Vadim shared with me that many more people indeed responded to his post and sent me these photos of the food and supplies he's purchased to give to the needy families of children from Emunah Afula.
THE POWER OF EMUNAH
Sky High property prices in Caulfield have prompted a band of Jews to fly into space in search of more affordable housing... if that sounds far-fetched, don't worry as it's all part of the fun of this year's Emunah Australia Purim Spiel, Star Drek.
It is the tradition of the past nine Spiels by producer Talia Boltin, there's plenty of humorous lyrics to well-known songs from stage and screen, laced with not-too-subtle references to communal identities and organisations.
With music to hit songs like If I Were a Rich Man, Locomotion and Sweet Tranvestite, Star Drek is an entertaining production which showcases the talent in the community while raising funds for Emunah.
Taken from The Australian Jewish News, March 8th 2018
We take the opportunity to congratulate Emunah Australia on getting Australian Tax deductibility for donations!
Emunah has named Dr. Ruth Kannai as its Woman of the Year. A second-generation Holocaust survivor who was born with a complicated genetic disease which caused her many orthopedic difficulties, but which she did not allow to impede her career ambitions or to get in the way of her doing civilian national service in the Golan Heights, she proved that willpower can conquer almost all.
She is a family medicine specialist who has worked for more than 20 years at the Clalit Srigim rural clinic located in the Eila Valley. The clinic is responsible for nine villages in the area, and Kannai takes care of the medical needs of the residents from birth to death. This includes childcare services, pregnancy, follow-ups and mental health, and she often visits patients at home.
She works in close collaboration with social workers and mental health services, and develops strong relationships with her patients, thus enabling her to form a clear picture of the family and to prescribe preventive medicine when necessary. She is also an expert in medical ethics.
Born in Bnei Brak in 1965 and currently living in Beit Shemesh, Kannai studied in Israel and the United States and has also taught and mentored in Israel, the US and Europe. She teaches at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She received her medical degree from the Sackler School of Medicine of Tel Aviv University and interned at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.
Notwithstanding a busy career, she is a devoted wife and mother to her four children. She was one of a long list of outstanding women nominated for Emunah’s Woman of the Year award, but the adjudicating committee considered her to be a model of excellence and the most worthy of the title, particularly because she exemplifies the highest values of religious Zionism.(Taken from the Jersualem Post, March 7th http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Grapevine-Moving-on-544385)
Once again children from Emunah schools and homes ran in the Jerusalem Marathon 2018, together with our wonderful volunteers from Kol Hanearim. All this under the leadership of our CEO David Hadari, who donned his trainers and ran himself with the children. There’s a role model for you.