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Great Miracles happened there


In preparation for a lecture I will deliver at the local community college tomorrow, I was thinking about “great miracles that happened there during my lifetime”. Each of these is connected to the establishment of Lev Lalev, and the work that we do to help the orphaned and disadvantaged girls in Israel. The establishment of …

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From Tragedy to Triumph

One of our donors from New York emailed me a picture and a short caption of Ludwig Katzenstein, a ninety year old Holocaust survivor who he recently met in a nursing home. I couldn’t resist sharing it with our dear Lev Lalev family. The note from Mr. Weinstein said that Ludwig escaped to America from …

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From Ashes to Rebirth

Erev Shabbos 10 Elul Friday, September 5 Seventy- five years ago this week, Germany (and the Soviet Union) invaded Poland. This marked the beginning of World War Two. Over 10 million civilians and a similar number of soldiers, died during the six years of the war, making it the most deadly war in history. The …

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Faith after the Holocaust

  My daughter is spending the year studying at a seminary in Israel. As part of their program the girls travel to Poland to get a firsthand experience on Jewish history. Today, her first day in Poland, the group visited Treblinka, one of the most horrific death camps. Parents are receiving daily messages and updates …

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A Granddaughter’s Yom HaShoah Memorial


It is seven decades since they were gassed at Treblinka – I lost them all. I never knew them, yet I imagine their beautifully gaunt faces and frightened tear-filled eyes. They never had a chance to touch me, to see me,  to kiss me. And, I cannot even honor them by visiting their graves. I …

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The Answer to Your Prayers


Here’s the first email that greeted me this morning: Mrs. Rachel Weinstein – Hi, Hello. Please, take me off your sending e-mail list. I thought it was a simple prayer request… I want you to know that I donated to an orphanage in Jerusalem, Israel a couple of years back…I never got my blessing at …

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A Legacy of Giving: Honoring Our Late Founder, Grand Rabbi Yekusiel Yehuda Halberstam, the Klausenberg Rebbe


Lev LaLev Honors the Late Founder of the Rubin-Zeffren Children’s Home Grand Rabbi Yekusiel Yehuda Halberstam, the Sanz-Klausenberg Rebbe, of blessed memory, on the 18th anniversary of his passing 1905: Rudnik, Poland – 9th of Tammuz, 1994: Netanya, Israel On the shores of the majestic Mediterranean Sea, the Rubin-Zeffren Children’s Home stands as a living …

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First Days at the Orphanage

Sisters at the Home celebrate together with loving support and friendship

I receive Google alerts. One of them is for “Israel girl orphanage”. It often does not result in many posts, but yesterday I was alerted to the following article: An Orphan in Pre-State Palestine The Israeli film industry is growing in popularity, and this latest film by well-known Israeli film connoisseur Dina Zvi Riklis, entitled The Fifth Heaven, is a period …

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I’m a Grandmother


I know. I can’t believe it either. But that’s pretty much been my first thought upon waking each morning for the last week, besides what to make for dinner. I’m a grandmother. Until last Tuesday, being a mother was a cherished enough role. But this grandmother thing, well, it’s catapulted me into a whole new …

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From the Nazi Gallows to Israeli Hero: Max Hilowitz’s Miraculous Story of Survival

Max Hilowitz, Holocaust survivor, fighting in the Israel Defense Force

One month from now, Sarina Hilowitz of Savannah, Georgia will be celebrating her Bat Mitzvah, which she is twinning with one of our girls at the Rubin-Zeffren Children’s Home in Netanya, Israel. The sponsorship is in memory of her Zeyde whose life story is truly inspirational and miraculous. In honor of  Yom HaZikaron – Remembrance Day for …

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