4 Israel Launches Internet Video Chat Between US, Israel Schools
children in the Greater Hartford area show support and
make friends through Internet chat with their "cousins"
in Sderot, Israel. Photo:
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York, New York --- December 2, 2012 ... Children 4 Israel, a non-profit,
humanitarian organization providing emotional support to the children
of Israel, launched it's international, Internet video chat service
today between the US and Israel.
first video chat to ever take place between Jewish youth institutions
in and outside of Israel was organized by Leyden Digital PR, Temple
Beth Hillel of South Windsor, CT, the Sderot Media Center and
the Chabad Center of Sderot, Israel.
was truly one of the most effective and powerful illustrations
of support for the children of Israel by Jewish children miles
away," said Children 4 Israel Executive Director Joel Leyden.
was truly amazing to witness children in the US learning about
their Jewish cousins in Israel, showing support to thousands of
children in Israel who have suffered under unprovoked missile
and rocket terror attacks from Gaza. These kids have so much in
common. And this international program breaks down expensive travel,
passports, time zones and diverse cultures in bringing them together
in a safe, fun and educational manner."
5th, 6th and 7th grade children were more than 6,000 miles apart,
but their interests could not have been closer. From talking about
their activities in and out of school, their favorite TV programs,
shopping and sports to which animals they have in their zoos,
the foods they eat for breakfast and their appreciation of Torah
could not have been more similar.
over 70 children took part in the pilot program whose success
was self-evident by their smiles and laughter.
4 Israel's mission statement states that they "are Jews,
Christians, Muslims in North, South America, Europe and Far East
united for the welfare of children in Israel. Children 4 Israel
declares that Israel has a right to defend herself against terrorism
and her children have a right to live in peace."
4 Israel is now coordinating several more programs with the
Jewish Federations of North America, Temples in the US and Jewish
organizations in Canada, South America and Europe.
"Sue Weinman, the school principal of Temple Beth Hillel
in Connecticut and Rabbi Pizem, Director of Sderot Beit Chabad
are the ones who really turned this concept of using the inexpensive
yet convenient Internet as a means for Jewish children around
the globe to communicate, learn and create relationships with
one another," said Leyden.
perhaps the most touching moments were when both the Israeli
and American children sang Hanukkah songs together. There
were no cultural differences there as the children knew
both the words and the sweetness of the holiday." -
Children 4 Israel Executive Director Joel Leyden
children in Israel taught the American children some Hebrew as
the kids in the US asked for their email addresses to maintain
their new friendships. But perhaps the most touching moments were
when both the Israeli and American children sang Hanukkah songs
together. There were no cultural differences there as the children
knew both the words and the sweetness of the holiday."
was never a time in Israel where children truly needed emotional
support from their Jewish cousins around the world. Over 75 percent
of the children in the south of Israel now suffer from PTSD as
a result of Hamas missiles and terror attacks on Sderot, Beer
Sheva, Ashdod and Ashkelon. These traumatized kids have less than
15 seconds to run from their beds and living rooms to underground
air raid shelters. We believe that this creative program will
help heal the wounds of war and provide a better understanding
for both Jewish children and their parents in the US, Canada,
South America and Europe as to the harsh realities that Jewish
children in Israel must adapt to. Nothing is more powerful than
the comfort and security of a smile. And that is the gift that
Children 4 Israel is now creating."
4 Israel, which can be found on Facebook,
is seeking both school teachers to coordinate future, online programs
and investors to continue its reach to every child in Israel.
For more information, please write to children4israel at gmail.com.
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