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Bring the Joy of Purim to an Israeli Soldier!

Dear Friends:

On behalf of the Brooklyn Region of the Zionist Organization of America, I would like to thank you for your support to our annual Mishloach Manot Campaign for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

Led by ZOA Brooklyn, we joined with IYIM, the Israel Young Israel Movement, World Mizrachi, and Yashor Hachayal personally distributed over 9,400 Mishloach Manot packages to soldiers at various bases throughout Israel, from the Northern border to Gaza. The packages were distributed to combat-unit soldiers on the Syrian and Lebanese borders, to air force bases, including drone and missile units, training bases, Gaza border bases, and to thousand of soldiers returning to bases all over Southern Israel on Purim morning. Alon Davidi, the Mayor of Sderot joined us at one point, and shortly thereafter we spent oven an hour in a bomb shelter near Gaza.

Among soldiers we met were many “lone” soldiers, “Chayalim Boddidim”, who left their comfortable lives in America and around the world to defend our ancient homeland. They were from Los Angeles, and New York, from South Africa and London, from Alpharetta, Georgia, USA to the Republic of Georgia and many places in between. We can be proud of them and their commitment.

“The joy in which they receive the Mishloach Manot is amazing”, said Mr. Margules, “the smiles on their faces said it all”. These brave soldiers who serve on border-hugging bases and installations live with the constant threat of attack. But all are highly motivated and know that they are defending their country.

“It was a great honor to be able to represent so many friends from Jewish communities around the world that participated in this mega-campaign and allowed us to bring smiles to their faces. They wanted, in turn to say thank-you for the warmth, the caring, and of course the candy,” said Mr. Daniel Meyer (Exec.-Director, IYIM).


It was tremendously satisfying to see these young men and women who are defending the people and land of Israel and hear their appreciation. We came to thank them and they in turn could not stop thanking us for showing that Klal Yisrael cares.

Thank you for your support,

Sincerely,

Rubin Margules
President, ZOA Brooklyn Region

Click here to make your Mishalach Manot contribution online,

or click here to detach this portion and return with your check to:
ZOA Brooklyn
20 Ocean Ct.
Brooklyn, NY 11223



http://www.zoabrooklyn.org/images/purim06_1.jpg    Rubin Margules, President of the Brooklyn Region of the Zionist Organization of America, last year led the group's annual Purim Mishloach Manot Mission for Israeli soldiers. Mission participants included his daughter Rachyl, Reya Zegel,with daughter Michelle, and Judith Shapiro co- chairman of the NYC Jewish Community Relations Council. Rabbi Moshe Zwick of the Shulamit School for Girls and his lovely wife Chaya joined us on our trip to Kever Rachel, and to the soldiers stationed there; after which we continued on to Kiryat Arba, Hevron and the Maarat Hamachpela.


    The trip was the culmination of a Mishloach Manot campaign coordinated by the ZOA Brooklyn Region that involved a numerous North American Jewish Schools, and many individual contributors.

The success of the Mission owes a large debt to the Sar-El office of the Israeli Army whose logistical support for our mission was critical. The group visited dozens of Israeli Army bases throughout Israel, ranging from main base camps to small outposts on cold wind swept hilltops in Yesha (Judea and Samaria), distributing literally thousands of Shalah Manot packages. We also had the privilege to visit and distribute Mishloach Manot to Israeli and American soldiers jointly manning a Patriot Missile Battery in Jaffo.


http://www.zoabrooklyn.org/images/purim06_2.jpg    The purpose of this Mission was to show the Israeli soldiers that we care, that they are not alone, and that we are all part of the Jewish culture. It succeeded well beyond our expectations.

It was our intention to say thank you to the soldiers, but they in turn could not stop saying thank you to us, for coming and for caring. The young defenders of Israel sincerely expressed their thanks and appreciation verbally as well as with song and dance. This was a mission to show Achdus (oneness) with our brethren in Israel who are not only guarding Eretz Yisroel, the land of Israel, as one of the letters stated, but also the nation of Israel.

The knowledge that they have thousands of friends and admirers in around the world, some of whom were willing to travel to Israel and join them in these difficult times, was a source of strength to them and an overwhelming emotional experience for us.


    In addition to the Mishloach Manot each soldier also received an individual letter of friendship and support from a student in a Yeshiva or a message from an adult who participated in the project. The letters were as eagerly received as the packages. Many of the soldiers immediately responded to the message received, and hopefully a correspondence will develop.

    Special thanks to the following Jewish Schools, their faculty and student leaders that participated in this project and whose students were taught Achdus, that the strength of our people is its oneness:

Mesivta Rambam of Lawrence NY, Yeshiva of Flatbush H.S., H.A.L.B., Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns, H.A.N.C., Yeshiva High School for Girls, {Central}, Derech Hatorah; Bais Ezra; Stern College, Yeshiva of Manhattan Beach, RAMAZ Middle School, Kinneret School, and The Stella K. Abraham H.S. for Girls.
 

    May all of you be blessed for the joy, which you brought to Tzahal, and next year may we celebrate Purim Sameach with Shalom al Yisroel. Peace for Israel.