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The Rescuers - Courage in Dark Days
If you visit the Yad Vashem website (yadvashem.org) and click “Righteous,” it will take you to a page with the statement “Righteous Among the Nations.” There you will learn of a program called “I Am My Brother's Keeper: Marking 50 Years of Honoring Righteous among the Nations.” This program was developed by Israel and the Jewish people to convey their gratitude to non-Jews who risked their lives to rescue Jewish people during the Holocaust. Candidly, for much of my life I have wondered whether I would have had the courage to be a rescuer, or to speak out, or would I have remained silent...
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From Hope to Home
Each year, during the passover meal, Jewish people say to each other, “Next year in Jerusalem.” This speaks of their hope to return home to the land of Israel. It is a journey from hope to home, from dreaming of the promised Land to the reality of living in Israel. As we begin to implement our 3-year plan toassist greater numbers of immigrants, we believe 2014 will be another record-breaking year. We have set a goal to help 600 people in their journey home to Israel from the United States. There is a renewed sense of urgency among our staff and volunteers to be ready to help each immigrant...
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Chief Rabbi of Ukraine Urges Jews to Flee Kiev
The chief rabbi’s urgent advice, which was reported recently by the Times of Israel , came in response to an anti-Semitic attack on two Jewish students in Kiev. Whatever your political persuasion, the recent protests and deployment of Russian troops into Ukraine have ominous overtones. Political unrest preoccupies authorities and generally leaves minorities, like the Jewish people in Ukraine, more vulnerable to attack. A friend of mine who lives in Kiev told me: “We had everything going on: peaceful demonstrations, riots, clashes, looting, robbing, shooting, killing, night watches by whole...
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Ukraine in Turmoil
We saw a new page in Ukraine’s history open on 30 November 2013. That day special police units forcibly broke up a demonstration in Kiev by political activists, although most of the protesters were, in fact, high school students. Now, just a short time later, we realize that we live in a different Ukraine. The most radical change came in the last two weeks of January with peaceful protests turning into riots in the center of Kiev, and regional administrative offices stormed in western and central Ukraine. In the midst of the protests against the current authorities, some radical and...
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'Flee From the Land of the North'
Ukraine is where Ebenezer International’s operational ministry began. In his hotel room in Odessa on 20 December 1991, as he prepared for Ebenezer’s first sailing to Haifa, Gustav Scheller, the ministry’s founder, spoke prophetically about seeing ‘the vision come to pass’. Ebenezer’s birth had taken place at the beginning of 1991, during the first Gulf War, when the Lord spoke to a group of intercessors in Jerusalem saying that now was the time to help the Jewish people return from the ‘land of the north’, which includes Ukraine. The strategic importance of Ukraine cannot be under-estimated,...
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Volunteering In Siberia
It was such an honor and privilege for me to volunteer for three months in the former Soviet Union on behalf of Operation Exodus USA. My experience with Engage Ukraine—meeting with Jewish families and learning how to connect and build relationships—stirred my heart to pray and seek the Lord about future opportunities to volunteer in the same manner in the USA. We had a great opportunity to visit 25 Jewish families altogether, blessing them by bringing various gifts and supplies. We were blessed by everyone we met, and were strongly encouraged that God will provide for each step of their...
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Bnei Menashe, Sons of Manasseh, Return from India
Through your financial giving, we are able to support the work of Shavei Israel, helping to bring back the Bnei Menashe from India. The Bnei Menashe are descendants from one of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel, which were sent into exile in Assyria more than 27 centuries ago. Their ancestors wandered through Central Asia and the Far East for centuries before settling in what is now north-eastern India, along the border with Burma and Bangladesh. Michael Freund, Chairman of Shavei Israel, rejoiced with 53 of this ancient tribe when they arrived in Israel on December 24, 2012. He writes: "It was a...
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Engage—Next Generation in Action; Touching Hearts in Ukraine
Slava Bogu! We certainly do "give glory to God" for the ten days we spent in Ukraine on our Enage trip this past August! Fifteen of us travelled around Kiev visiting Jewish families. It was intense and challenging, but the Lord guided us and kept us safe. We visited 70 Jewish families and felt honored to step into their homes. We shared the Scriptures and told them that God had not forgotten them! "I will say to the north, 'Give them up.'" (Isaiah 43:6) We told them about the biblical prophecies and explained why, as Christians, we wanted to encourage them to make aliyah. With simple words we...
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The Return of the Bnei Menashe
Ebenezer Operation Exodus is supporting the work of a Jewish organisation, Shavei Israel, in helping the Bnei Menashe tribe return to Israel after many centuries of exile in India. Deepa Thomas, our India National Coordinator, explains: The Bnei Menashe, a group of over 9,000 people living in India’s north-eastern border states of Manipur and Mizoram, claim descent from one of the ten lost tribes of Israel who were sent into exile by the Assyrian empire more than 27 centuries ago. Their ancestors wandered through Central Asia and the Far East for centuries before settling in India, along the...
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Shalom from Jerusalem
The central aim and focus of our office in Jerusalem is to reach out to the olim (immigrants) who are in need. We assist those whom Ebenezer has directly helped to make aliyah, and others as well. As olim arrive from the USA and other western countries, they have to adjust to being in a whole new culture and lifestyle. It is not always easy, and the challenges can be overwhelming. But once we sit down with them and address the challenges, they are very thankful that there is a place they can connect with people who can give them hope in challenging situations. We listen with a compassionate...
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