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September 24, 2007 – National Council of Young Israel (NCYI), in conjunction with Council of Young Israel Rabbis in Israel (CYIR) and the Young Israel of Forest Hills, NY, and with the assistance of the Israeli based Yad Ezra organization, will distribute approximately $50,000 of holiday food provisions to families who were forced out of Gush Katif as a result of Israel’s disengagement from Gaza in 2005. The distribution will take place Monday, September 24, 2007 – two days before the beginning of the Sukkot holiday.

With the support of Young Israel members and friends throughout the United States, and through a special grant from the Young Israel of Forest Hills, NY, NCYI has purchased truckloads of holiday food products including fruits and vegetables, fish and chicken, challah, grape juice and wine, eggs, milk, yogurt, and cheeses, various types of drinks, and candy for the children.

The provisions are to be delivered by Yad Ezra to the Ollilot Katif organization located in Nitzan, one of the many “temporary” towns established for Gush Katif evacuees. After distribution to the 500 families of Nitzan, provisions will be delivered to Katif families in the Golan, Negev, Ashkelon, and wherever they may be located. News of the holiday distribution has been sent throughout the extended Gush Katif community and many will be sending cars and trucks to pick up boxes of food items for the Sukkot holiday, which begins Wednesday evening. Members of the Council of Young Israel Rabbis in Israel will be on hand to direct and assist with the massive distribution project.

Since the Gush Katif expulsion, NCYI has taken on similar campaigns such pre-Passover food distribution events, a Purim campaign – providing a Purim costume for every child, and a Chanukah drive which gave a gift of a wristwatch to Gush Katif children.

In addition to the campaigns for the former residents of Gush Katif, NCYI delivered some 5000 children’s coats to the residents of Northern Israel as a result of Israel’s Second Lebanon War in 2006. Through a special grant from Dr. and Mrs. Irving Moskowitz, of Florida, Israel’s most vulnerable population was able to keep warm during the winter.

“Both the Gush Katif families and the inhabitants of Northern Israel are wonderful people, who have sacrificed so much for the people and land of Israel” said Rabbi Pesach Lerner, Executive Vice President of the National Council of Young Israel. “It is our collective responsibility to guarantee that they have what they need for the holiday of Sukkot, and beyond. We must treat them as members of our own family and do everything we can to assist them” he said.

Rabbi Simcha Krauss, president of the Council of Young Israel Rabbis in Israel, expressed his delight in playing a role in this campaign: “We are proud to join with NCYI and Yad Ezra in the mitzva of assisting those that need assistance during this holiday period” he said. “A campaign of this magnitude shows the uniqueness of the Jewish people, who can come together in times of need to help their brethren around the world.”
NCYI is continuing its fundraising campaign to further assist the Gush Katif families. Contributions can be made online by clicking this link or via regular mail to Young Israel Charities, National Council of Young Israel, 111 John Street, suite 450, NY, NY, 10038.

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