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My favorite Chanukah Present This Year

 

Hi, my name is Chaya.  You probably don’t remember me. It’s been a long time. I should have written to you years ago but I never did.

This year as my family and I were lighting the Chanukah Menorah (candles), I thought about the orphanage and decided that I needed to write to you immediately. Please accept my gratitude and a donation which I know will help the girls at the orphanage just as you helped me when I was there!

Forty years ago my father died in an ambush in the Sinai shortly after the Yom Kippur war “officially ended”. My mother had past away from a brain tumor a few years earlier. Nobody in our extended family was able to care for me. With the help of a social worker named Yehudit (I think), I came to the Orphanage just before Chanukah, 1973. I was a frightened young girl, all alone in the world. I don’t remember much about the first Chanukah in the home or even the next one.

 What I do remember are three unbelievable things:

·         Day by day, month by month, I began to feel that the Orphan Home was my new home. I felt loved and cared for. My anger was replaced with a sense of hope and purpose.

·         When I graduated from high school (near the top of my class) the orphanage gave me a stipend to go to school to become a dental hygienist. I have worked in this field since I finished the program.

·         I   was so happy (and relieved) to receive a sizable amount of money from your Bridal Fund when Yossi and I married. The amount was amazing; and just as importantly, when all the girls from Lev Lalev came to dance at my wedding, I knew just how lucky I was.

Fast forward: Thank G-d, we have been married over thirty years and have four great kids and grandkids too. We live in Tel Aviv and I am doing so well that nobody would know that I was raised in the Orphanage. I want you to know that you made a huge difference in my life.

I don’t have the words to thank you. My husband and I are pleased to donate 1,600 Shekels (about $500) to the Home which I will try to send for the girls each year before Chanukah. (My four children were also at the lighting and each gave 400 shekels).

I feel that there is no better time to show my gratitude than this time of year; for I am a miracle of the hard work and care that you gave me. Thank you for everything

 

1 comment

  1. karen savitz

    It is amazing that donors the world over help these fragile orphans in Israel. I would like to get involved , too

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