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December 3rd, 2019

Bat Mitzvah Celebrated in Dimona

Meir Panim is honored to share a beautiful story from our Dimona branch this week! Earlier this fall a young lady named Sarit Rachel, who lives in the south in a Gaza adjacent community called Yishuv Shlomit, was preparing for her Bat Mitzvah. She wanted to add some meaning to the celebration and she along with her family began researching how to give back. They found our Holocaust Survivor Day Center and decided they would bake cupcakes, prepare care packages and write special notes for t...
December 3rd, 2019

Normalcy Returns to Sderot

At Meir Panim, we are thankful for the sense of calm that has returned to the Sderot area. Our centers are back in motion. Professionals have been paying special attention to helping young adults who may be struggling with mental health issues from the situation. Here is our center's wrap-up for early December: Neviim Center: The Neviim center enjoyed a dedicated girl’s night, which has been growing more popular every week. Their animal (therapy) weekly workshop is back in action thi...
November 26th, 2019

Routine Returns to Sderot

At Meir Panim, we had a sigh of relief once a ceasefire in Israel was reached and respected. Young minds slowly became more at ease. And while there have been a number of rockets fired in the area since, relative normalcy has returned to Sderot and our youth centers. Soon afterwards, young teens celebrated the reopening of the center by launching a festive day of activities. This was organized not just for the regulars that visit the center, but also for younger children in the area. Every...
November 26th, 2019

Tiberias Features Special Volunteers

Our branch manager in Tiberias,Yehudit, relocated from a Gaza adjacent city a number of years ago. She still has a daughter and grandchildren living near Gaza. After days of constant rockets in early November, it was safe enough for people to travel on the roads. This prompted her daughter to want to drive to northern Israel for some relief. Unfortunately, that ceasefire, as the world soon came to know, was breached by the terrorists. Israelis don't know when disaster will strike and wreak ...
November 14th, 2019

Shocking Statistics into Israel Poverty

According to an annual report published by Bituach Leumi (National Insurance Institute) in December of 2018, over 1.8 million Israelis – including 800,000 children – are living below the poverty line. Analysts are not predicting a dramatic change, leaving the data to be shocking and concerning. This means that Israel, a country so small and the size of New Jersey, has the highest rate of poverty according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Alt...
November 14th, 2019

Seeking a Sense of Calm

When the terror attacks from Gaza struck Israel last week, the fear and anxiety that followed was heightened. Teens continued to seek comfort from Meir Panim’s youth centers. We are hopeful that they can return to their routines soon and that while the certainty of Israel is always a delicate balance, we, at Meir Panim, provide them with the tools to cope with these traumatic events. In the Ben Gurion Meir Panim Sderot center, young adults commemorated the anniversary of Yitzchak Rabin's a...
November 10th, 2019

Eagles’ Wings Visits Meir Panim Jerusalem

Thursday morning of November 7, 2019, amidst the soon approaching Sabbath preparation in the roaring hills of Jerusalem, a group of 50 Christians were on a mission. Hailing from Alabama, they made a point to stop to pay tribute and focus on Israeli citizens in need. They discussed the struggles to make ends meet throughout the Holy Land. These Holocaust Survivors or Israelis who live below the poverty line turn to Meir Panim in support to help brighten their day and bring food to the table. A...
November 7th, 2019

Meir Panim Creates Safe Space

Meir Panim's programs and services offer a wide range of support to communities throughout Israel. On Friday night of November 1st, 2019, the State of Israel was attacked by rockets from Gaza over the Sderot area and neighboring communities. Meir Panim centers serve as a safe-haven to regroup from the trauma. Many teens turn to Meir Panim's center, such as Ben Gurion, to create a safe space for them to talk to and find ways to give back to one another. One program in the Ben Gurion center ...
November 7th, 2019

Meir Panim Awarded Charity Navigator 2019

Meir Panim thanks our supporters for once again helping us achieve recognition as a 4-star rating Charity Navigator. This seal of approval indicates that we have taken the steps to show our donors that we are accountable, transparent, and financially trustworthy. September 3, 2019 Dear David Roth: On behalf of Charity Navigator, I wish to congratulate American Friends of Meir Panim on attaining the coveted 4-star rating for demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to accoun...
November 3rd, 2019

Updates in Jerusalem

WayMore learns more about Israel! The week between Yom Kippur and Sukkot, Meir Panim had a lovely group of gap year students, while on a Masa program come and volunteer in Jerusalem. These students from the United States and South Africa came to our branch to not only serve our clients lunch, but also help brighten up our space. Meeting with Meir Panim staff, each had an opportunity to sit down and meet Israeli citizens in need, while brightenin...