2015 in review

Celebrating the work and ministry of the ICEJ in 2015

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16 Dec 2015
2015 in review

The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem offers year-round assistance to the needy across all segments of Israeli society. The following are selected highlights of our work in 2015; although not representative of the entirety of ICEJ’s work, these examples demonstrate how broadly ICEJ’s Christian support is distributed throughout the land of Israel.

 

Hurfeish: Education for Druze minority

Representing Christians to the people of Israel, the ICEJ is also mindful of minority issues in the country. The strong and faithful community of Druze serves the country of Israel, but often struggles with poverty and access to education. The ICEJ helped upgrade the library in one of the schools and sponsored equipment for computer rooms.

 

Haifa: Home for Holocaust Survivors

More renovations and apartment adaptations were completed by ICEJ this year as well as an expansion in the services provided at the Haifa Home. A new member of the staff is a social worker who assists residents to understand their rights and helps them address other bureaucratic problems they might encounter. The social worker is instrumental when the residents change accommodation, and need helping in the transition.

 

Nazareth: Employment Programs for Arab Women

Higher education offers economic mobility and provides opportunities to mainstream into Israeli society. However, Arab women often face many barriers to completing their degrees. The ICEJ-sponsored program in Nazareth provides much-needed guidance to assist Arab women complete their courses of study. The program utilizes outreach, counseling, and a range of services, including job placement for academics. 

 

Tel Aviv: Women in Crisis

The ICEJ partners with a shelter for women in Tel Aviv where the homeless, drug addicts and victims of human trafficking may receive practical assistance and counseling. Approximately 20 women come by the shelter each day of operation, where they receive hot meals, a shower, clothing, haircuts, medical manicures and pedicures. It is a safe place for women to get off the streets and be encouraged to take steps towards rehabilitation.

 

Jerusalem and more: New Immigrant Absorption, Mentoring Project

The ICEJ sponsored mentors for new immigrant families in four centers located in Jerusalem, Beersheva, Netanya and Ashdod. The mentoring project assists families acclimatize to Israel by providing aid such as basic household items, education, cultural enrichment and tutoring aid for children, and offering assistance towards finding employment.

 

Beersheva: Vocational Training

The three pillars of successful absorption are language proficiency, sense of belonging (social network), and employment. The ICEJ sponsors vocational training for new immigrants, which allows them to integrate into the job market and live independently. An average course includes five months of Hebrew classes and eight months of professional training. Many students are offered employment upon successful completion of the course. 

 

Ofakim: Youth at Risk

The “Touching the Horizon” educational program takes action in education and leadership development for Israeli youth. Young people in Israel often have potential, talent and resolve, but lack the opportunities and support needed to realize their goals. The program targets youth at risk of dropping out of school, and seeks to provide them with a safety net of assistance. ICEJ is sponsoring the program in two schools, with approximately 26 students on each campus.

 

Kibbutz Sa'ad and more (Gaza border): Bomb shelters

Just this year seven new bomb shelters have been purchased by ICEJ and placed in several Israeli border communities with Gaza. These shelters save lives and bring some peace of mind to residents living continually under the threat of attack. 

We are proud to be your embassy in Jerusalem, your hands and feet in the land. Today’s overwhelming social needs give us an unprecedented opportunity to comfort and bless this nation in the name of Christians around the world as an act of reconciliation and love. We invite you to partner with us in showing Christian care to the nation of Israel by contributing to our projects! 

 

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