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ORIGINS

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For 10 years, The Friends of Israel has taken young adults to Israel on our ORIGINS trips to serve the Jewish people. Year after year, God raises up a group of young people to spend a month in Israel to volunteer at a hospital. The work is not easy, but our young adults go to show their support for Israel.

After the trip, our volunteers return home forever changed, and, most importantly, lovers of Israel and the Jewish people. You can sponsor a young adult to go on this trip.

Clothing & Shoes for Families

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For years, the Eastern European Jewish community has been living in a state of unrest. Many children and their families lack basic necessities. They desperately need friends to provide clothing and shoes, especially during the cold winter months.

A gift of $30 will provide essential clothing to an Eastern European Jewish family in need.

Israel Music and Arts

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Do you have a heart for music? If you know the Jewish people, you know they do! Jewish families pass down songs from one generation to the next. In Israel, children and adults want to take voice lessons and learn to play the piano, violin, percussion, flute, and brass instruments. Many in Israel struggle to make ends meet and are unable to afford lessons. For $25, you can pay for someone to attend music lessons.

Israeli Backpackers

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Once Israelis graduate high school, they must serve two or three years defending their nation in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). These men and women transition from student life to military life within only a matter of months.

By the time they finish serving, Israeli soldiers need rest and relaxation. A large majority of them spend a month before college backpacking in places like Australia and New Zealand. Our workers in those countries have the unique privilege of opening their homes and providing a place of rest to these young Israeli soldiers on their journey.

Our workers spend many Friday nights celebrating Shabbat and showing them love. The soldiers leave encouraged, rested, and assured they have Christian friends all over the world supporting them and praying for them. A gift of $50 will help us to house a group of soldiers for a weekend.

Israeli Christian Soldiers

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Encourage a Christian IDF soldier. There are only 400 known Christian solders in Israel. As you can imagine, these soldiers need to know Christian brothers and sisters are praying for them while they defend their country.

For only $25, you can provide a gift basket with a note of encouragement to these soldiers. This is a great way to show your love and support for the nation of Israel and for fellow believers.

Youthfest

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Do you ever wonder who God will raise to spread the Good News in the next generation? Do you wonder who will carry the torch as the next generation’s friends of Israel? We’re excited to tell you that our workers see fruit in the next generation.

Youthfest is a life-changing weekend where missionaries challenge committed Christian high school students to give their lives to the Lord in vocational Christian ministry. Several weekends each year, youth from all over the United States gather together with full-time Christian workers from several organizations to learn, pray, worship, and fellowship. The workers pour into the students one-on-one throughout the entire weekend.

The ministry has produced much fruit over the years: Some students are now in college with a desire to go into full-time mission work. But many students cannot afford to attend. That’s where you come in. A gift of $50 will allow a teen to attend Youthfest. Will you sponsor a student for a weekend that could potentially change his or her life?

Israeli Children's Camps

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Israelis strive to raise their children to be free from fear. Even though parents know danger is always near, they want to provide their children with normal childhoods. And what is more normal than summer camp?

Every year, congregants of Rehovot Messianic Assembly in Israel take a group of young people to summer Bible camp. At camp, young people enjoy Bible teaching and fellowship with their peers.

But many families do not have extra income to send their children. For $140, you can sponsor an Israeli child to attend summer Bible camp for a week.

Russian Children's Camps

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“Thank you!” That’s the expression our workers in Russia and Poland hear all week from Jewish children who attend children’s camp. The children joyfully sing songs, learn Bible stories, play games, and learn of God’s everlasting love in camp.

Many of them have experienced hardships we will probably never suffer in our lifetime. That’s why their smiles and simple expressions of gratitude are worth a thousand words.

You can help send a Jewish child to camp for $300 or share the cost with someone.

G'sherim

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G’sherim is The Friends of Israel’s nine-month internship program in Las Vegas, Nevada. Our workers teach and mentor the interns, some of whom we hope God will call into full-time ministry with The Friends of Israel. If He does not, we remain encouraged because they leave as lifelong advocates of Israel and friends of the Jewish people.

Interns must raise funds for the program. Your help can lessen the financial burden for these young people.

University Outreach

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Our workers regularly invest in college students, both on and off campus. Many of them invite students to their homes, which have become safe havens for believers and unbelievers alike to study God’s Word, ask questions, and share their struggles.

Some of our workers also actively help to build pro-Israel clubs on campuses. Your donation can support this crucial college ministry so that our workers can continue to teach students truths about the Bible and God’s Chosen People. A gift of $20 helps to provide necessary materials.

Living Bridges

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Anti-Semitism is spreading in Europe today much like it did 80 years ago. Our workers in Poland are actively teaching against it and coming alongside the Jewish people in friendship.

Living Bridges, one of our programs in Poland, sends young people to the Land of Israel. This program functions much like our North American ORIGINS program: Young people serve the Jewish people and experience the life-changing impact of a trip to the Holy Land. They see how the Jewish people live and thrive in their own land and strive for peace. Polish young adults return home forever changed and as true friends of Israel.

If you would like to help stop the growth of anti- Semitism in Europe, you can sponsor a young adult’s trip to Israel.