Imagine having your own business that you use to support your family. Then, one day, you are forcibly removed from your home and relocated as a result of senseless political decisions made above your head and outside your control. Not only is your home left behind but so is your means to provide.
In 2005, that happened to countless Israeli families. Many are still struggling to get back on their feet. Ted Belman of Israpundit has a message for anyone with the ability / desire to help. It’s a program called Jobkatif.
Dear Friend & Concerned Humanitarian,
I am writing you on behalf of Rabbi Yosef Zvi Rimon, the chief rabbi of Alon Shvut in Israel.
Rav Rimon is well known for his Halachic educational projects. He is equally well known for his chesed. Please see the rabbi’s letter, below this one.
Rabbi Rimon is the creator, mentor and driving force of JobKatif, a project dedicated to the reemployment of the families who were forced out of their homes during the Disengagement in August, 2005.
Although this tragedy took place 7 years ago, on Tisha B’Av, the work is ongoing in order to finish the healing process. The Rambam teaches us that the greatest form of charity is to teach a profession, so that the needy can take care of themselves. The former residents were employed and self-sufficient before the Disengagement. As a result of it, they lost not only their homes & communities, but their jobs & businesses, as well — and, thus, the ability to care financially for their families.
JobKatif is currently running a major Shabbat Chazon fundraising campaign. For every dollar donated, the Israeli government will match it with THREE dollars – every donor is a potential philanthropist!!!
For more about JobKatif