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Israel Week at EB

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Israel week at Ezzy Bezzy has been great so far. We kicked off the week with a community-wide Yom Ha'atzmaut celebration. Festivities began at 5:15 pm on Tuesday afternoon with the screening of "Israel Inside: How a Small Country Makes a Big Difference". I had seen this film last year at a StandWithUS event, and felt strongly that we should find the opportunity to show it.  Over 70 members and friends of EB attended, and thoroughly enjoyed the film.  Here's the trailer:

   

The film is available through the Israel Inside website at http://www.israelinsidethemovie.com/ An inspiring film, it can serve as a tremendous "counter-propaganda" piece.  Particularly noteworthy was the unit on "Save a Child's Heart", an international Israeli humanitarian program that performs open heart surgery on kids from all over the world...Here is its mission statement:

Save a Child’s Heart (SACH) is an Israeli-based international humanitarian project, whose mission is to improve the quality of pediatric cardiac care for children from developing countries who suffer from heart disease and to create centers of competence in these countries. SACH is totally dedicated to the idea that every child deserves the best medical treatment available, regardless of the child's nationality, religion, color, gender or financial situation. 

SACH is motivated by the age-old Jewish tradition of Tikkun Olam – repairing the world. By mending the hearts of children, regardless of their origin, SACH is contributing to a better and more peaceful future for all of our children.

The SACH mission is achieved through:

 Providing life-saving cardiac surgery and other life saving procedures for children from developing countries at the Wolfson Medical Center in Holon, Israel;

 Providing a full outreach training program for the medical personnel from these countries in Israel;

 Leading surgical and teaching missions to partner countries in the developing world;

 Holding pre-operative and follow-up cardiology clinics in Israel and abroad.

Over half the children treated in recent years have been Palestinian. Need we say more? 
You can get more information about this amazing program by visiting their website at http://www.saveachildsheart.org

While adults (and some teenagers!) enjoyed the film, kids were occupied with a bouncy house, cotton candy and popcorn (thanks to Ari Hoffman and NCSY!), caricaturist Graham White's wonderful talents, and Rochelle Romano's Israeli cookie decorating extravaganza. At about 6:30 pm, Dalia and staff opened the Social Hall doors and treated us to a delectable Israeli meat dinner.  Hen Mazzig, StandWithUs shaliach to the Pacific Northwest spoke to the crowd about his ambitious work on behalf of Israel, while Fran Israel offered us a warmhearted peek into her recent adventures in Israel; for the full story see the blog entry posted here on the Ezzy Bezzy Blog back in January: http://www.ezrabessaroth.net/leadership/rabbi-s-blog/entry/how-i-traveled-to-israel-and-had-my-bathroom-remodeled

Pictures of the event can be found on our home page.

Special thanks to Susan Jensen for all her work on this program!

This Shabbat, Harley and Lela Franco are sponsoring: "Israel: A Sephardic Perpsective" featuring Rabbi Daniel Bouskila from the Sephardic Educational Center.  All the classes and the Kiddush Luncheon are open to the whole community.  Those considering joining Ezzy Bezzy are encouraged to attend!

 

 

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