Israel

Country Details

  • Joseph House (Abundant Rain) started working in Israel November 2007.
  • Official Languages: 75.3% Jewish, 20.7% Arab
  • Population: 8,146,300 (2014 estimate)
  • Currency: Israeli new shekel
  • Calling Code: +972

Our Strategy

Government assistance can only provide partial relief, and must be supplemented to meet even the minimum essential needs of food, clothing and shelter. We've assisted many families who are struggling with poverty and severe needs.  Our goal is to distribute containers of food  for distribution for struggling families and compassion outreach centers throughout Israel. It is our vision to help assist Jewish immigrants with basic necessities of life. Many immigrants want very much to work and support their families, but are often unable to do so. Even the ones who come with a profession find it hard to obtain a job in their area of expertise. Many times they hold jobs at the bottom of the pay scale. Sometimes language is also a barrier to finding employment. 

The Context

Israel is a country in Western Asia, on the south-eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. It shares land borders with Lebanon in the north, Syria in the northeast, Jordan on the east, the Palestinian territories (or State of Palestine) comprising the West Bank and Gaza Strip on the east and southwest respectively, Egypt and the Gulf of Aqaba in the Red Sea to the south, and it contains geographically diverse features within its relatively small area.

In its Basic Laws, Israel defines itself as a Jewish and Democratic States; it is the world's only Jewish-majority state. Israel has fought several wars with neighboring Arab states, in the course of which it has occupied the West Bank, Sinai Peninsula, part of South Lebanon, Gaza Strip and the Golan Heights. It annexed portions of these territories, including East Jerusalem, but the border with the West Bank is disputed. Israel has signed peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan, but efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have so far not resulted in peace.

Immigration to Israel was aided by Israeli Immigration Department and the non-government sponsored Organization for Illegal Immigration, called Mossad le-aliyah bet. Both groups facilitated regular immigration logistics like arranging transportation, but the latter also engaged in clandestine operations in countries, particularly in The Middle East and Eastern Europe, where the lives of Jews were believed to be in danger and exit from those places was difficult.

Israel has welcomed Jewish immigrants (making Aliyah) from a variety of countries from around the world including Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Germany, Mexico, Columbia, France, and Belarus. Most were from the Former Soviet union and a few from Europe and Central and South America. In 2011, 17,500 new immigrants arrived in Israel.

Our Work

Humanitarian-aid outreach organization for the express purpose of providing comfort and support to the many injured soldiers and victims of terror living throughout Israel. Provide clothing, food and household items for needy families.

An unusual opportunity arose as we volunteered at CFI Bridal Salon in the heart of Jerusalem. We were delighted to see beautiful wedding gowns generously gifted by both Jews and Christians around the world who  expressed their love and support for those who courageously call Israel Home. The heart of the Bridal Salon provided special occasion wear meeting the unique requirements for each special and celebrated occasion.

All stories and links about Israel

  • Survival-Statistics: Today in Israel, there are an estimated 1,774,800 people living below the poverty line; among them are 850,300 children! Two out of every five Israeli children suffer from hunger, one in four people live in poverty, and one in five of the elderly are in need of immediate assistance. (Taken from National Insurance Institute in November, 2010-with significant statistic increase since that time.)
  • Since the outbreak of the second intifada in late September 2000, between October 2001 and October 2011, the statistics show that there were 664 people killed, and 3,501 injured as a result of suicide attacks. In all probability, Israel will have to continue dealing with the threat of suicide terrorism, as the Palestinian fundamentalist terror groups are unlikely to abandon to use "human bombs" because they see how devasting the damage it has brought to Israeli society.
  • Ethiopian Jewish Communities: For many reasons, they have a harder time adjusting to life in Israel than most immigrants. The Ethiopian culture is so different, especially for those who used to live in the villages of the Gondar region. Inside bathrooms, bills, and appliance are unfamiliar to them. Some families come to Israel with little more than he clothes on their backs. The government gives them assistance when they leave the absorption centers, to purchase a place to live-but it is not enough when starting over with nothing. As is the case for all Jewish immigrants, from every nation around the world, the Jews of Ethiopian descent want very much to work and support their families, but are often unable to do so. Even the ones who come with a profession find it hard to obtain a job in their area of expertise. Many times they hold jobs at the bottom of the pay scale, such as a security guard or cleaning jobs. Sometimes language is also a barrier to finding employment.
  • Yad Vashem is a memorial for Jewish victims of the Nazi Holocaust as response to reports of the mass murder of Jews in Nazi-occupied countries. Its Israel's official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. It also recognizes gentiles who, at personal risk, and without financial or evangelistic motive, chose to save their Jewish brethren from the ongoing genocide during the Holocaust.
  • Dead Sea Scrolls are a collection of 981 texts discovered between 1946 and 1956 at Khirbet Aumran in the West Bank. The texts are of great historical, religious, and linguistic significance because they include the earliest known surviving manuscripts of works later included in the Hebrew Bible canon. along with deuterocanonical and extra-biblical manuscripts which preserve evidence of the diversity of religious through in  late Second Temple Judaism. The texts are written in Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, and Nabaaean, mostly on parchment but with some written on papyrus and bronze.