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A Survivor’s Contribution to the Nation of Israel

On Sunday, May 6th, Holocaust Survivor and Professor of USSR Academy of Science, Leonid Dinevich, invited a group of his friends, including the staff of CBN Israel, to the Tank Meuseum in Latrun where he works as a radio-physicist, climatologist and ornithologist. Here he introduced the group, most of whom are fellow Holocaust Survivors, to his work with the MRL-5 Radar and shared the backstory of how he and the radar immigrated to Israel. 

In the Former Soviet Union Dinevich was a well respected, Red-Army General, and a specialist in atmospheric physics. He and thousands of his employees researched ways to manipulate weather including cloud-seeding and hail prevention. The information was gathered through the use of the MRL-5 Radar. When Dinevich made Aliyah to Israel with his family in 1991, he met Professor Yossi Leshem at the University of Tel-Aviv and learned of Israel’s need to track clouds and birds through the use of the MRL-5 Radar. This radar could help in preventing hail from destroying new crops, bring an increase in rain through cloud-seeding and also help prevent plane crashes due to clashes with the millions of birds that migrate through Israel. Dinevich was successful in bringing the radar to Israel from the Former USSR, and as a result, both pilots and birds are safe to fly the skies in addition to over a billion dollars of military expenses saved thanks to his research. 

When Dinevich finished conducting the tour of the museum and had shared on his work with the MRL-5 Radar, the group showed their appreciation with words of gratitude. Each of these Holocaust Survivors from the Former Soviet Union can appreciate Leonid’s contribution to the nation of Israel. 

Leonid Dinevich is one of countless Holocaust Survivors who have helped build the nation of Israel these past seventy years. And we at CBN Israel consider it our privilege and duty to return our thanks to these co-founders and forerunners through our care and acts of service. One of the ways we are able to give back is through the distribution of walkers and walking sticks. Leonid and his wife are among many who have received these gifts of mobility, thanks to those who give generously to the work of CBN Israel. Partner with us and help us give back to those who have given their lives to the building up of the nation of Israel!

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Holocaust Survivor Leader Requests Meeting to be Held in Christ Church

A group of Holocaust Survivors from Jerusalem filed into the historical building of Christ Church last Monday morning per invitation of CBN Israel’s partner, Israel Roytman. The event was a musical performance by a family of Russian immigrants who go by the name of, “Jerusalem Keytlin Band”. Each member of the family band plays a different string or wind instrument creating a complete ensemble. The songs chosen for the event were Romanian Folk songs including their newest piece, “Schindler‘s List”.

Heads bobbed to the music and smiles spread across faces as the Survivors enjoyed these nostalgic songs they know and love so well. And of course, the talented and beautiful children of the Keytlin Band captured the hearts of everyone in the room. 

The event was held two days before Tu’Bishvat, Israel’s celebration of the trees, in which Roytman presented each person present with a gift of a fresh bouquet of flowers. The Holocaust Survivors were very thankful and shared their gratitude through hugs of appreciation.

 

Michael, the leader of the Holocaust Survivor organization asked specifically to hold the meeting in Christ Church. He said, “We feel closer to God in this place. We feel His presence here”.  Mary, a staff worker from Christ Church, thanked the Survivors for coming and greeted them warmly in the name of the Lord. “We are thankful for who you are and may the Lord bless you in everything”, she said. 

After the event, Roytman treated the group to a meal in the Christ Church dining hall where they were served meat, salads, breads and dessert. 

 Every month, holiday celebrations, events and the distribution of food parcels take place in ten different cities, with over one thousand Holocaust Survivors through the partners of CBN Israel. These who have suffered much in their lifetime, experience love and joy in their golden years through this program. We are ever so grateful for all the prayers and support of those who give generously to the work of CBN Israel and help make a difference in the lives of Israelis. 

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Living Israel

Pastor Gleb S. from the former Soviet Union immigrated to the Holy Land with a desire to see God’s kingdom increase throughout the nation of Israel. Initially, his heart was for drug addicts to experience God the way he had and to come off the streets free from their addictions.  

But God gave Gleb beyond what he had dreamed of. In just two short years, what began as a small gathering of a handful of people in his home, grew to one hundred believers in five functioning home fellowships. These fellowships began caring for the elderly among them including survivors of the Holocaust. Single mothers are ministered to and clubs have been opened for children and teens. A rehabilitation home was established for those who desired to come off drugs and just half a year ago, God inspired yet another idea to give aid to new immigrants making Aliyah to Israel. 

The members of “Living Israel” initiated a course for new immigrants to learn the Hebrew language entirely free of charge. When the Hebrew course is complete, these immigrants are then invited to attend the Alpha Course as an introduction to faith in Yeshua the Messiah. As a result, eighteen of the attendees are now an active and valuable part of the “Living Israel” community.

The course was so effective, that the community decided to make it available in the city of Bat Yam where many new immigrants arrive either by air or by sea. This time, eighty new immigrants are currently attending the Hebrew speaking course and fifty of those are considering attending the Alpha Course.

We at CBN Israel love hearing and seeing what God is doing through His people in the community of “Living Israel” and all throughout the Land! With your help, we have been able to support ten partners covering the areas of sixteen different cities and now, we are looking to partner with yet one more. Would you help us? With just $1,000 a month, we can ADOPT A PARTNER, bringing aid and support to their local community. Through these partners, we provide home visits, food vouchers, holiday celebrations and much more to over 1,300 Holocaust Survivors and New Immigrants.

Please consider giving a gift today!

On behalf of the staff of CBN Israel we pray, God bless you!

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Jerusalem Holocaust Survivors’ Trip to Hamei Ga’ash

On Sunday, just three days into the winter month of December, CBN Israel’s partner, Israel Roitman, invited a group of Holocaust Survivors from Jerusalem to journey to the hot springs of Hamei Ga’ash located near Israel’s northern city of Netanya. Roughly 70 Holocaust Survivors arrived at Jerusalem’s central bus station to climb on board the two tour buses that awaited them there. Everyone was looking forward to the experience and enjoying some time together, with all expenses paid for.

Along the way, Roitman shared meaningful words with those on board and used the time to catch up with each one individually.

Arriving at Hamei Ga’ash, everyone was given a robe, some slippers and a key to the locker room. From there, all were free to enjoy the spas, saunas and healing springs. There are even outdoor pools with cold waters that are particularly refreshing after bathing in the hot springs.

These hot and cold waters remind us of the words of Yeshua to the believers in Laodicea found in the book of Revelation 3:15. “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were either one or the other!” The hot mineral springs of Hamei Ga’ash bring healing to the body and the cold winter waters in the outdoor pools refreshed those who dared to dive into them. Yeshua desires for us to be like these waters. Either to heal or to refresh, but not to be lukewarm in our faith which is of no benefit to the Body.

Before the day was over, everyone was invited to enjoy a hot lunch served by the staff of the Kibbutz. There were breads, salads, meats and cake for dessert. “Thank you so much for this wonderful day”, the Holocaust Survivors remarked. “We had so much fun, we want to do it again tomorrow!”

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Holocaust Survivor Experiences God’s Power Over Asthma

Boris is an eighty-three year old Holocaust Survivor from Ukraine. Growing up in a ghetto during World War II, Boris recalls one of his strongest memories was the gnawing feeling of hunger. When he was only eight years old, he and his sister would beg for food on the streets, for there were no documents entitling his family to receive government rations. Later on, his mother was employed in the police department which brought in rather large government rations. Remembering their days of hunger caused the family to give generously to others, saving many from starvation. 

After surviving the horrors of the holocaust, Boris grew and married his wife, Lilia Pinskaya. The two dedicated their lives to caring for others and even spent many years helping to clean up Chernobyl after the nuclear accident. But it was in this time of service that Boris and his wife, along with all the other workers, were affected in their health due to vast amounts of exposure to radiation. Lilia came down with cancer and Boris developed a severe case of asthma which resulted in frequent and painful bouts of coughing. 

With Lilia’s deterioration of health, a Ukrainian doctor prescribed making Aliyah to Israel where the two could receive better medical treatment and hopes for a longer life together. But shortly after the move to Israel, Lilia’s battle with cancer ended and Boris was left to face life alone in a new land. 

After a decade of lonely widowhood, Boris became a regular member of CBN Israel’s Holocaust Survivor program in the city of Afula. Here he found community, and experienced the love of God. It was during one of these gatherings that Boris broke out into a severe couching spell resulting from the asthma. The partners of CBN Israel offered to pray in faith for his healing. Boris agreed and welcomed their prayers.

No sooner had the word, “Amen”, left their mouths did Boris begin to feel relief. Breathing became easier and his whole body felt the urge to rejoice. Something was happening! 

When our partners saw Boris again two weeks later, he began to share with them what he had experienced. The coughing was gone! He was able to breathe. God had answered their prayers and healed him completely! 

Boris was so excited about his freedom from asthma, that he began to share the story of healing with his Chernobyl friends who had also been greatly suffering in their health. One by one, they call up, asking if they too can receive prayers for healing. “Must we pay to receive these prayers?” they ask. Our partners share with each one that God’s gifts are free and so are their prayers.

This is the greatness of our God! He is alive and is at work today. He has made a way for each one to receive His amazing gifts for free. Do you need prayer for healing? Let us know! We would be happy to pray for you.

Boris is just one of hundreds of Holocaust Survivors who are experiencing God’s love through CBN Israel and our partners throughout the country. To help us carry on the work that God has entrusted us to do, please consider giving a one time or monthly gift.

From all of us here at CBN Israel, we pray, may the Lord bless you!

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Meet Our New Partners in Nazareth!

We have new partners in Nazareth! Thanks to those who give generously to the work of CBN Israel, we were able to adopt a tenth partner to help us expand our work with Holocaust Survivors and New Immigrants. Our partners have beautiful hearts for God and have already begun hosting celebrations with Survivors and Immigrants in their local area.

As an opportunity for introduction between our partners and the Holocaust Survivors living in Nazareth, CBN Israel provided our partners with walkers and walking sticks to be distributed to those who were struggling with mobility. These special walkers come with a seat which provides an opportunity to rest along the way. With the gift of these walkers, those who were once confined to their homes, are now gratefully enjoying walks in the park, trips to their neighborhood grocery stores and the ability to attend events.

During the celebrations of Rosh Hashana and Succot, our new partners welcomed around seventy Holocaust Survivors and New Immigrants into their newly renovated meeting hall. Many of these guests felt peace and joy as they connected with our partners over food and dancing. They exclaimed, “It is so nice here. We really love to be here.” Due to the fact that nothing in this life is free, the Survivors were curious to know what it would cost them to continue attending these holiday events. “Must we pay something?” they asked. “No”, our partners replied. “You are always welcome here for free.”

As the feast of Hanukkah approaches, our partners are preparing to welcome back their new friends to another celebration in their meeting hall. Each Survivor and Immigrant who attends will receive gifts from our partners and food vouchers from CBN Israel.  If you wish to donate towards these gifts, please do so here.

With the adoption of our new partner in Nazareth, we have hopes to reach our goal of adopting more partners in three separate cities who are ready to come on board with us! To find out more about our “Adopt a Partner” program, write to us at: info@cbnisrael.org

As always, on behalf of the staff of CBN Israel and our faithful partners throughout the land we say, “May the Lord bless you”!

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Christians and Holocaust Survivors Celebrate 25 Years of Partnership

On October 24th, 2017, the All-Israeli Association of Concentration Camps and Ghetto Survivors celebrated their 25th anniversary. Co-founder and current chairman, Gita Koifman, invited hundreds of Holocaust Survivors and their respected community leaders from thirty-four cities in Israel to come together in celebration of the work that has been accomplished over the years and to honor those who have dedicated their time and resources to the cause. CBN Israel and our partner volunteers were among those present in the ceremony.

The association was founded in 1992 for the purposes of protecting the rights and interests of former prisoners of Nazism, preserving the memory of the Holocaust victims and to establish constructive relations with foreign organizations- namely evangelical Christians. Representatives from the organizations who have helped the association reach their goals each took the stage and gave their speech.

“We greatly appreciate the Christian organizations that support us”, said Lilia Glauser. “We have visited with them and have seen for ourselves that their care for us is real.”

German Christian, Harold Heckert, stated in his video that caring for Holocaust Survivors in support of this association was one of the most meaningful things he has done in his life. He followed with the scripture from Isaiah 40:1- “‘Comfort, o comfort My people’, says your God.”

Town organizer, Rita, from Petach Tikva shared, “we really appreciate Christians because they not only give us material support, but also spiritual and emotional (support).”

One of the most impressionable speeches was given by Mr. Cord Muller – a representative from the Consul of Germany in Israel. “We, all of us Germans, brought unbelievable guilt upon us. We as a country will not forget what happened in the Nazi times. We are facing our obligations derived from the Holocaust by telling every new generation of Germans about the horrible crimes that were committed by teaching them to strive for peace and respect towards others and for friendship with Israel.”

After hearing many meaningful speeches, awards were presented to the thirty-four association leaders who work directly with the Survivors in their local areas. Among those who received awards were two of CBN Israel’s partners, Jenny and Inessa.

The meeting closed with songs of celebration in Yidish, Russian and Hebrew, performed by national artist, Daniel Pruzhansky.

Partner with us! For the past five years, CBN Israel has gained the respect of the All-Israel Association of Concentration Camps and Ghetto Survivors and has been serving thirteen hundred survivors in eight cities throughout Israel. With the help of our donors, we have just extended our reach to an additional city, the city of Ashkelon. There are many more who are eager to come alongside CBN Israel in serving the local community of Holocaust Survivors throughout the nation but are held in waiting for the increase of our resources. Would you prayerfully consider giving a monthly gift in support of our work with Holocaust Survivors before the window of opportunity is gone?

Thank you for all your prayers and support! May the Lord bless you from Zion.

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A New Life for Lucy

Lucy is a seventy-nine year old Holocaust Survivor who immigrated to Hadera Israel from Ukraine. She is a widow who has been living alone since her husband died six years ago. Due to the harsh medical experiments she underwent as a child in the ghetto, she suffers today from a multitude of sicknesses and diseases. In order to help stave off the worsening of these physical conditions, Lucy must keep her blood circulating through movement. But in her older age, her body has grown too weak to walk long distances without taking small breaks in between. She was left with no choice but to remain at home as her friends met outside in a park nearby.

Through faithful partners, and with the help of generous donors, the staff of CBN Israel learned of Lucy’s need for mobility and were able to provide her with a special walker. Lucy is now independent and is enjoying her life once again.

“This walker has changed my life,” Lucy shared with the staff.

Today, she meets with friends in the park , purchases her own groceries and loves taking in the fresh outdoor air.

In a recent visit to Lucy’s home, she shared how her neighbors, who have also survived the horrors of the Holocaust, are coming to request the use of her new walker so that they too can get out to the park or nearby grocery store. Lucy sees it as an opportunity to be a blessing as this free gift has been a blessing to her.

There are hundreds of Holocaust Survivors in need of these walkers. Those who have already benefited from these gifts of mobility have asked for walkers for their siblings, neighbors and friends. Would you consider helping CBN Israel meet their requests by giving a gift today?

God bless you!

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A Providential Change of Direction

For 33 years, Igor, a Ukrainian Jew, knew nothing of God. 18 of those years were spent abusing drugs and befriending fellow addicts. All the while, his wife and child were home feeling numb to his absence.

One night, Igor had a dream. Or more accurately, a nightmare. The images in his mind were so real and frightening that they haunted him for days. Though he had never known if a God existed, he cried out to the unseen for help.

God, who writes the ultimate stories of our lives, brought a believing friend into Igor’s life just in time. Igor was invited to attend a service where he felt God’s presence and heard God’s voice. God showed him play by play, time after time, image after image of how He spared Igor’s life. What more did he need of proof there’s a God? Igor surrendered his life to God and in that instant, 18 years of drug addiction vanished as if it had never been.

God did a quick work in Igor’s life following that experience. His marriage was restored. He grew in favor with God and man, and was soon chosen within months to uproot from his hometown in Ukraine and make Aliyah (the return of the Jewish people to the land of Israel.) Igor was blessed and sent out to become a pastor of God’s people in God’s land.

As with many new Ukrainian immigrants, Igor and his family were established in Hadera, Israel. In the years that followed, God blessed him and his wife with additional children and they are flourishing in the Land. Igor has become a shepherd of God’s people, but it wasn’t drug addicts that God sent his way. It was the elderly and specifically, Holocaust Survivors.

Igor experienced God’s love first hand and now those he cares for are experiencing it too. Together, with the help of CBN Israel, these Survivors look forward to home visits and gifts of food packages. Igor provides day trips for them to experience the beauty of Israel. They enjoy celebrating holidays and Shabbat meals together with Igor and their community. And in all these things, the Holocaust Survivors of Hadera know that in their later days, they are loved.

Igor is one of eight partners CBN Israel has throughout Israel who serve Holocaust Survivors side by side. Though we are able to help 1,300 Survivors, there are thousands more who need this love, care and touch. Would you consider partnering with us each month so we can expand our reach?

We greatly appreciate all who pray for us as well as those we serve and support us in our work. God bless you.  

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Freely We Receive, Freely We Give

Lydia, a Holocaust Survivor living in Safed, Israel, sat alone on a bench outside her community center and watched as those with ease in mobility passed her by. Lydia needed the assistance of a walker that would allow her to rest along the way. However, the specific walker she needed could only be purchased outside her city and was an expense beyond her means.

When CBN Israel learned of Lydia’s predicament through regular contact with local partners, the staff set out to purchase the walker and deliver it to Lydia directly. The joy and mobility that the walker added to Lydia’s life was well worth going the extra mile. You can read Lydia’s full story here.

One month later, CBN Israel received many more requests from partners throughout the country to purchase dozens more walkers and walking sticks for Holocaust Survivors in need of these items. Through the means of generous donors,  CBN Israel was able to order the needed items and have them delivered to their partners beginning with those in Afula, Israel.

Nearly four dozen Holocaust Survivors came to the local library to receive their free gifts. One by one, the staff of CBN Israel and partner, Michael, assembled the walkers by hand and presented them to each and every Survivor who was present.

The Survivors were so pleased and thankful for the kindness that was shown to them, that they requested for the Chairman of the Israel Holocaust Survivor Association to present a letter of appreciation to the staff of CBN Israel. The letter read as follows;

“It is very nice to write something like this about good people who do good things for others. It is a holy principal of life. Your acts of kindness are noble and God sees what you do. May He repay you with health and well-being for you and your families. The residents of Afula who have received these gifts desire to thank you from the depths of their hearts.”- Chairman E.

It is because of those who give to CBN Israel that we can in turn, give to people in need such as these Holocaust Survivors in Afula. There are still many more Survivors throughout Israel who are in need of walkers and walking sticks to assist them in their journey. Would you consider giving a gift towards meeting their needs today?

From the depths of our hearts, we sincerely pray, “God bless you”.

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