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CBN Israel and Jewish Agency team up to help elderly refugees and Holocaust survivors traumatized by war


TEL AVIV, Israel – The danger and fear of war can be felt throughout Israel. This can particularly burden older people. CBN Israel is working with key groups to help alleviate the trauma.

A Tel Aviv apartment complex is overflowing with elderly refugees, Holocaust survivors and people too needy or cash-strapped to live alone.

With volleys of missiles being sent – ​​almost daily – from Gaza, they face a very real threat of death if they end up on the streets.

CBN Israel country director Dan Carlson explained: “Israel is a very small place. Everything is close. The bombings that took place from Gaza reached Tel Aviv almost every day. »

Danielle Moore, of Christian Friends of the Jewish Agency, asked: “If you’re an 80 or 90 year old – very frail – how are you going to cope when there’s a siren and you’re outside? will he reach a safe place? »

What’s happening here is that organizations like the Jewish Agency, in conjunction with CBN Israel and others, are providing huge boxes of food and water to ensure that residents can stay right here in the building, right next to the shelters.

“Not being on the street shopping or running errands, and risking being hit by a missile or shrapnel, and being caught off guard when there is a siren – we want to keep them safe,” Moore said.

And feel cared for.

“It’s just interacting, smiling, hugging, letting people know they’re not alone,” Carlson said.

He says Israelis rarely feel safe facing enemies around them, and the fallout from October 7 has multiplied that feeling. “It feels like the nation is going through trauma right now – the entire nation,” Carlson noted.

“And when you think about older people, many of whom are Holocaust survivors, and all the trauma and hardship that they’ve been through in their lives, now, being in a situation of mermaid after mermaid – understanding that their life is in danger – is something unbearable,” Moore said empathetically.

Residents of Tel Aviv, like Helen Malun, say they are very grateful to be taken care of.

“Oh, that’s so helpful! I’m about to cry with excitement,” she exclaimed.

Resident Valentina Borodin even started singing. In it, she asks God to bring peace – shalom – to Israel.

Borodin, who sang in Hebrew, also sings in 11 other languages.

In times like these, the boundary between Christians and Jews disappears.

Moore described it this way for CBN partners. “We know that CBN is there when it matters, and that you are here to tell the story of Israel to the millions of people who care, support and pray right now. So it is very important for us to have this friendship with you.”

Even though times are difficult, CBN Israel’s Ithiel Buehler felt joy while preparing and distributing these care packages.

“It doesn’t feel good to stay at home and watch TV and the news; and when you go out and do things for people, and you see their smiles, and everyone is happy, that makes me makes me very happy to see that, really,” Buehler told us.

And being helped makes many of these cash-strapped seniors want to help too.

“When they know they are cared for, it gives them a sense of pride and it also gives them a desire to help others,” Moore said. “We had residents who – with their meager, meager allowance, collected food and packages and asked us to send them to the soldiers – they gave their five shekels, their two dollars, so that we could also give the packages of care for the soldiers at the front.

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