The Season Of Giving

ICEJ Hanukkah and Christmas Programs

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4 Dec 2015
The Season Of Giving

Hanukkah

With the Hanukkah holidays approaching, residents of the Haifa Home for Holocaust Survivors will be celebrating this winter holiday in their safe, warm environment. Also known as the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah is celebrated around Israel with lighting of the candles and enjoying holiday sweets called sufganyot – a special Israeli doughnut with filling inside.

At the Haifa Home, their brand new recreational facility is a tremendous blessing - especially during the holidays. A variety of activities are held daily in the hall; drinking coffee with friends, going to the gym, or entertaining guests from Israel and abroad. For special events or celebrations, like holidays, the facility also serves as a reception hall.

One of the residents shared with us while drinking coffee with her neighbor: “I do not understand that in this time of unrest in the Land I feel so relaxed and at peace. It probably has to do with the fact that many people pray for us.”

Shimon Sabag, Director of the Home, often calls the Haifa Home, “God’s Home.” To run a Home like this completely on private donations from people in Israel and abroad is quite a challenge.  

Christmas

In partnership with local Arab pastors and churches, the ICEJ will sponsor holiday gatherings and distribute Christmas gifts to many needy Christian families in the cities of Bethlehem and Nazareth. The children in these Christian communities will receive Christmas packages with clothing and toys.

The Christian residents of both Bethlehem and Nazareth are immensely proud to live in cities where Jesus was born and raised. Because of this the Christmas season is especially important to them. In early December, the municipality of Bethlehem starts decorating the streets with lights and signs. This is the cue for all the stores to begin decorating as well. Around the 20th of the month big Christmas parties start. The ICEJ wants to make sure that the Christian families in this land are well prepared for this special season!  

Your gift today will also help us bless needy Christian families in Jerusalem and Nazareth with food coupons, so they can celebrate together around a Christmas meal. At the same time, by making a donation at this time you can bless the nation of Israel just in time for Hanukkah!  

 

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