On November 22nd, 500 children from Sderot were brought to Ramat Gan’s Safari by The Jewish Agency, courtesy of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, whose immediate response to the crisis spearheaded a fantastic Canadian effort. The fun day provided the kids with a brief respite from the danger and fear of the constant sirens that have become part of their daily lives for the better part of a decade.
The children enjoyed a range of fun activities, hoping that the quiet that they enjoyed during the day will continue after they return to their homes in the South, following the ceasefire agreement. Deputy Chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency, Rany Trainin, joined the kids for part of the day.
Sderot has been the city hardest hit by the rockets, with its children in a near perpetual state of readiness for the worst. The town’s Mayor, David Buskila has said in recent days, “The respite trips organized by The Jewish Agency are life altering for the participants.
The organization has been highly professional.” The visit to the Safari – which was sponsored by UJA Federation of Greater Toronto - was part of a larger respite effort. On November 22nd alone, 9,000 children and teenagers from southern Israel enjoyed themselves at different entertainment venues in the center and North of the country. The costs for the Jewish Agency’s respite activities have been covered by Jewish Federations in North America, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, Federation CJA (Montreal) and the Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA.
This brings to almost 30,000 the number of children taken for rest and respite out of rocket range this week by The Jewish Agency