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Terror Attacks

When a terror attack occurs anywhere in Israel, CTVP springs into action instantaneously. Utilizing the resources of over 300 Chabad Houses across Israel, volunteers are sent out immediately to be with the victim and his or her family. When there is family in other parts of the country, the local Chabad House near them cares for those family members as well.

Immediate assessments are made as to each family’s needs. Comfort and counseling are provided on the spot to families anxiously waiting in emergency wards and hospital corridors.

Israel Begins Gaza Ground Incursion


Israel Begins Gaza Ground Incursion 

Worldwide call for prayers on behalf of Israeli soldiers

Chabad.org Staff   |   July 17, 2014 4:44 PM 

Rabbi Menachem Kutner, director of Chabad Terror Victims Project, prays with an Israel soldier.Rabbi Menachem Kutner, director of Chabad Terror Victims Project, prays with an Israel soldier. 

 

Israel Defense Force ground troops began to move into the Gaza Strip on Thursday evening, according to the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

We are very sad to report that an IDF soldier has been killed in the line of duty during this operation.

The purpose of the operation, a statement by the Prime Minister’s office said, was to destroy terror tunnels in Gaza leading into Israel. Earlier in the day, Israeli troops bombed the area, killing eight of 13 terrorists who had attempted to enter Israel to murder or kidnap civilians from a nearby kibbutz.

“Israel is committed to act to protect its citizens. The operation will continue until its goals are reached: To bring quiet to the citizens of Israel for a long period of time, and to seriously harm Hamas and other terrorist organizations’ infrastructure in the Gaza Strip,” the statement read.

Prior to the ground invasion, the IDF launched a massive wave of combined air and artillery strikes on the Gaza border communities.

Jews throughout the world have been praying for the people of Israel, and performing good deeds on behalf of the Israeli soldiers and all those threatened by ongoing missile attacks.

We pray that there will be no more loss of life.

 

 

 

Israeli Killed by Rocket Fire

 Israeli Killed by Rocket Fire: 37-Year-Old Man Near Gaza Border

He was at the Erez border crossing offering assistance to Israeli soldiers

By Faygie Levy   |   July 15, 2014 2:42 PM 

The first Israeli to be killed by Hamas rockets was at the Erez border crossing offering assistance to soldiers. (File photo: IDF)he first Israeli to be killed by Hamas rockets was at the Erez border crossing offering assistance to soldiers. (File photo: IDF)

The eighth day of rocket bombardment from Hamas resulted in the killing of an Israeli man who had gone to the Israel-Gaza border to bring food and good will to members of the Israel Defense Force.

Dror Chanin ZL.jpgThe man, identified as 37-year-old Dor Chanin, was at the Erez Crossing when he was struck by a mortar shell. He was rushed to Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon, where he was pronounced dead.

Earlier in the day, Israelis had been hoping to see the last of the rocket fire from Gaza, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had accepted a cease-fire proposal from Egypt. 

Hamas, however, reportedly called the proposal a “joke,” and the rockets continued to fly, with some landing throughout southern Israel.

Early reports on Twitter and online news sites from Israel suggested that he was a Chabadrabbi. The speculation may have come because volunteers from the Chabad Terror Victims Project have been in the news going to the frontlines to visit, pray with and deliver food to the soldiers.

However, within a half-hour, Chabad was able to account for all of its volunteers and said the man killed was not associated with the project.

"We are deeply saddened, and our hearts go out to the family of this brave man who was helping the soldiers during this hour of such great danger in Israel," said Rabbi Yossi Swerdlov of the Chabad Terror Victims Project. "Of course, we are marching forward, and will be there tomorrow and every day until the rockets stop falling on Israel.

"We will continue our work on the front lines and in the bomb shelters and, in fact, in light of the last hours' developments, we are increasing our work. TheRebbe [Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory] taught us that the way to comfort is to increase your support and to continue building.

"We pray that there will be no more loss of life and that peace will be restored to Israel very soon."

 

 

 

Rockets from Gaza continue to rain down on Israel, threatening millions

 Prayers, Good Deeds and Practical Help as IDF Troops Prepare to Enter Gaza

 Rockets from Gaza continue to rain down on Israel, threatening millions

By Faygie Levy   |   July 10, 2014 5:35 PM

DSC_7714 (Small).JPG IDF troops prepare to enter Gaza as Hamas rocket attacks threaten millions of Israelis. CTVP is there giving them support

With tens of thousands of Israel Defense Force troops amassed at the Gaza border prepared for an incursion at any moment, and Hamas rockets continuing to threaten the lives of millions of people in every part of Israel, there were renewed calls for prayer, study and acts of kindness in support of all those in danger throughout the nation.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday afternoon that “up until now, the campaign is progressing as planned, but we anticipate further stages,” and that there is “a difficult, complex battle ahead of us.” Some 100,000 Gazans living near the border were warned to evacuate the area immediately.

All over the world—in synagogues and community centers, Chabad Houses, private homes and on social media—people have been discussing and dedicating themselves to different ways of helping, both spiritually and materially.

Chabad.org has created an article “What Can I Do to Help Our Brothers and Sisters in Israel?” that provides a guide to practical action.

In Israel, the Chabad Terror Victims Project continues to visit civilians—especially frightened children—and soldiers, offering them physical and spiritual nourishment, while numerous young volunteers from theLubavitch Youth Organization of Israel are lending a hand to help in any way they can.

At the hundreds of Chabad centers throughout Israel, emissaries are reaching out to those in their communities night and day, opening their homes and hearts to those in need.

Some Respite Under Fire

In Ashdod, for example, some families found their local Chabad House to be a respite from the situation, with special activities geared for children.

“We had tables with games and three different areas—one for toddlers and infants with building blocks and small musical instruments, a kindergarten area with arts-and-crafts and games, and an area with other board games,” saidChanah Friedman, co-director of Chabad of the “City” in Ashdod with her husband, Rabbi Yosef Friedman, earlier this evening, just before another terrifying volley of rockets blasted over the city.

 

Chabad Terror Victims Project volunteers and Chabad emissaries around the nation are helping children, families and soldiers to cope.

Chabad Terror Victims Project volunteers and Chabad emissaries around the nation are helping children, families and soldiers to cope.

Located 32 miles from the Gaza border, Ashdod has been the target of more than 100 rocket attacks in recent days.

Some 50 children came out to enjoy the different activities; there was even an impromptu birthday party for a 5-year-old who, along with her family, were visiting the region from their home in Moscow.

Despite being housed in a building that was hit during a rocket attack some 18 months ago (it has since been rebuilt), Friedman’s Chabad House has numerous safe rooms, which those who attended the play group this week had to use at various times when the sirens rang out.

Noting that families who live in the city’s older homes—those constructed more than 20 years ago—may not have a safe room, Friedman says that as an emissary of the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, she felt compelled to help others and offer them a safe place to spend the day.

Taking care of friends and neighbors can come in many ways.

Yehudis Lieberman, co-director of Chabad of Ashkelon with her husband, Rabbi Menachem Lieberman, was heading downstairs to her safe room after a siren rang in her town of Ashkelon—just 22 miles from the border with Gaza—when she happened to glance outside. She noticed a woman standing on the street. 

Rocket fire from Gaza over Israel lights the nighttime skies, often sending civilians into shelters. (Photo: IDF)

Rocket fire from Gaza over Israel lights the nighttime skies, often sending civilians into shelters. (Photo: IDF)

“I opened the door and told her to come in,” recounts Lieberman. “She was shaking; she had been walking to work” when the alarm began blaring and didn’t know where to go.

While many are not in such a position to provide physical aid to those in Israel, people outside the embattled country can offer support in other ways.

Suggested Friedman: “Say prayers, and take it upon yourself to do a mitzvah, a good deed, for Israel.”

Those activities, “that’s our security, and we have to increase that,” agreed Lieberman, who went on to say that G‑d “should continue to send miracles.”

 

 

 

Rockets Raining Down on Israel

 Rockets Raining Down on Israel - Chabad Terror Victims Project Implements Emergency Measures in Israel

Trying to get children out of the line of fire, and supporting families and soldiers in ways they can

Chabad Terror Victims Project volunteers help combat soldiers don tefilln.Chabad Terror Victims Project volunteers help combat soldiers don tefilln.

 

As more and more rockets have been fired by Hamas into the south of Israel—setting off air-raid sirens in communities as far as 50 miles from the Gaza Strip, including Jerusalem, and two rockets reportedly shot down over Tel Aviv—representatives of the Chabad Terror Victims Project have leapt into action, trying to help in any way they can.

According to project director Rabbi Menachem Kutner, “the situation is very tense. More than 50 rockets have fallen here today—this is in addition to the 70-plus that fell in the previous 24 hours. Thank G‑d, there have been no casualties.”

Summer-camp programs have been canceled, and children and their parents have been told to remain at home so that they are near shelters. CTVP representatives have been visiting homes and bringing treats for the children to help entertain them and take their minds off the fear they are experiencing. 

“It is a very anxiety-filled situation, never knowing when or where the next rocket will hit. You can feel the tension and fear everywhere, especially among the children,” reports Rabbi Yossi Swerdlov. “We are also visiting soldiers near the front lines, bringing them various items which they have requested to make their situation more comfortable, as much as is possible under these fearful circumstances.”

In response to the onslaught of violence, Israel launched a series of airstrikes on Gaza—where Hamas is launching rockets—early on Tuesday, dubbing the offensive “Operation Protective Edge.” According to news reports, the Israel Defense Force has called up 40,000 army reservists in preparation for further escalation.

 

CTVP is implementing a three-pronged emergency initiative

CTVP is implementing a three-pronged emergency initiative

As such, CTVP is implementing a three-pronged emergency initiative that includes (1) organizing busses to take children to the center of Israel, out of the range of the rockets and able to have a respite from their anxiety; (2) coordinating with all of centers in the region to organize activities and visits to bomb shelters to support families; and (3) keeping up a steady stream of volunteers going to the front lines to boost the morale of the soldiers, as well as give them spiritual and physical nourishment.

“The dangerous situation is expected to continue,” says Swerdlov. “We have activated our ‘Situation Room’—called Libeinu Itchem (“Our hearts are with you”). “We are recruiting additional volunteers to handle a special call center being set up for families who wish to leave the area temporarily to be out of the line of fire. Some will be located to Kfar Chabad for the time being.

“It is impossible to budget for emergency situations like this,” he adds. “The lives of many Israelis are in terrible danger, and we must do all we can at this time.”

 

 

 

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