Help Bring the Jewish People Home
For almost 20 years, Bridges for Peace has helped bring the Jewish people home to Israel through our Project Rescue fund. Since its inception, nearly 90,000 olim (immigrants) previously scattered across the world have found their way to Israel thanks to Project Rescue. Jewish people living in areas of the world where anti-Semitism and persecution run rampant have had to destroy proof of their heritage, opting to lose their identity to save their lives. Unfortunately, the destruction of documents prevents them from making aliyah (immigrating to Israel) because Israel requires proof of Jewish heritage.
One of the most heartwarming success stories tells of twin Ukrainian boys whose parents passed away when the boys were young. Their grandmother chose to raise them, but when she became ill, another relative adopted them. After the adoption, the boys received an invitation to enroll in an education program through the Jewish Agency in Israel. This program would allow the boys to study in their family’s homeland, while their guardian, who had been diagnosed with cancer, had the peace of mind to let them go. Their guardian spoke of the difficulty of obtaining the required documents and how locating the documents would have been impossible without the Bridges for Peace Project Rescue fund. When the boys arrived at the airport, the Ukrainian customs turned them away because a document was missing. Three weeks later, the boys were driven back to the airport and successfully boarded the plane to their ancient homeland.
This Giving Tuesday, we are asking for your help to bring at least 12 individuals home to Israel. We desire to help them begin a new life in a new year. The worldwide pandemic that has ravaged nations during 2020 has also awakened in these Jewish people, once content to live in their home countries, a desire to move to Israel. Your gift will cover the research costs for the necessary genealogical documents, transportation to the airport and entry visas. On this worldwide day of giving, will you play a part in giving a Jewish person a new life and the opportunity to see their dream come true?