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Hope is at the Door!

Since 1996, ICEJ Homecare has provided nursing assistance and emotional support to Israel's most vulnerable population. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, many of the people we visit and help on a weekly basis are not able to have visitors. This is especially difficult during this Passover season, because it is usually a time when everyone gathers together with their families to celebrate the week-long holiday. Unfortunately, many will be alone in their homes this Passover.

Therefore, the ICEJ Homecare is taking extra care of those in need by providing home deliveries of food and simply being a source of friendship and hope at the doors for many! 

Join us in bringing hope and light to Israelis in need as many celebrate this unusual Passover alone in their homes!

He Knows Your Name

"The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified." (Isaiah 61:1-3)

This is what Jesus did for Mary Magdalene. He healed her brokenness. He delivered her from demonic oppression. He gave her beauty for ashes as His presence entered her life. He met her in the garden tomb after He had risen and gave her comfort, joy and praise! She became a channel of God's glory, not only through her transformed life but also in the news of the resurrection that she would share with the rest of the disciples. Jesus called Mary by name, and He calls each of us by name.

Watch this video and discover more about the life of Mary Magdalene onsite in Israel at the city of Magdala!

A Big "Thank You" from Israel

Amidst the global pandemic of the Coronavirus, the ICEJ has still been at work to deliver help, comfort, and hope to those in need and we wanted to share this good news with you.

Here is how donations from Christians around the world have made an impact in the past few weeks.

  • To ease the constant burden of safety along Israel’s Gaza Border, which now includes a global pandemic, ICEJ partnered with other organizations to provide protective gear to Emergency Teams so they can protect themselves and their communities.
  • In Haifa, Israel, the ICEJ team was busy helping to deliver food and other essential supplies to Holocaust Survivors and is now involved in caring for the medical care, social and emotional needs of the residents.
  • ICEJ Homecare has been delivering packages of essential supplies to those who need special medical care and has also been reaching out by phone to make sure they do not feel alone during this challenging time.
  • In partnership with local Israeli Aid organizations, ICEJ volunteers had the privilege to package meals and food supplies to those in need.
  • For the newest immigrants to Israeli society, ICEJ partnered with a local organization to provide Ethiopian immigrants with Passover supplies and other essentials while they are in quarantine.
  • ICEJ was also able to provide food vouchers and games for new immigrant families to bring some fun during this difficult time.

Whatever Israel faces, they face it comforted by the love and tangible support from Christian friends like you.

Give today to the ICEJ’s “Israel in Crisis” Fund and help provide food for Holocaust Survivors and the elderly in Israel: 

Many Helping Hands With One Heart

During times of crisis or times of celebration, our call remains the same: To comfort God's people and to say "Lord, here I am". It was an honor for ICEJ volunteers to lend a helping hand to Hineni (Hebrew for "here I am"), an organization based in Jerusalem that offers aid to those in need in the surrounding area.

Together with this Jewish organization, ICEJ helped package and deliver hot meals and boxes of Passover essentials to those who are struggling during this pandemic. Thank you for partnering with us with one heart, the heart of our Heavenly Father, to give to those in need, especially during crisis and Passover celebration!

Give today to the ICEJ’s “Israel in Crisis” Fund to help Israelis in need during this time of crisis and Passover celebration:

Caring for Holocaust Survivors in Crisis

The ICEJ has a team of staff and volunteers in Haifa working with our local partner Yad Ezer L'Haver to feed and care for hundreds of Holocaust Survivors and other elderly who have been told to stay in their homes to protect them from the Coronavirus. We are helping deliver to their front doors boxes with food and other essentials to give them hope amid their isolation and to show Christians care. These efforts have even caught the attention of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

As Israel (and the entire world) takes drastic measures to combat the Coronavirus threat, ICEJ has activated our “Israel in Crisis” fund to meet urgent needs during this national emergency. We are working to make sure the elderly and other needy families have food and other necessities, especially with Passover fast approaching. Thank you for thinking of Israel, even as your own nation deals with the Coronavirus threat. 

Give today to the ICEJ’s “Israel in Crisis” Fund and help provide food for Holocaust Survivors and the elderly in Israel:

Emergency Appeal to Help Israel

Like so many other nations at present, the Coronavirus threat has had a huge impact on Israel. The economy is reeling as unemployment has jumped from 4% to over 22% in the last three weeks. Tourism has flatlined and now the hi-tech sector is taking a big hit. Even the main outdoor shouks in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem are shuttered.

And Israel is now entering the Passover season under the cloud of this modern-day plague. More than 50% of families in the large city of Ashdod have asked for social aid to help them through the Passover holidays.

So our support for the Jewish people is more important than ever. We know your nation is impacted by this global health crisis as well, but we are asking all those who love Israel to give your best gift in this time of crisis and believe in God’s promise to bless those who bless Israel.

Despite the current lockdown in Israel, the ICEJ has some 20 staff members who have permission to leave their homes to feed and assist Holocaust survivors and other elderly Israelis. We also are forging ahead with a number of Passover aid projects to help new immigrants and other needy Israeli families. So in this time of crisis, we are still your hands and feet in Israel!

Ethiopian Aliyah at Passover

Last week, the ICEJ sponsored another flight of 72 Ethiopian Jews coming home to Israel. But they arrived amid the Coronavirus threat and had to immediately go into a 14-day quarantine. And now the Passover is approaching and their first celebration of this holiday in the Promised Land will happen under very difficult circumstances. Instead of a big communal Pessach seder meal like in this video from last year, this time they will have to mark this biblical holiday while confined to their rooms in an absorption center.

The ICEJ has committed to providing these Ethiopian Jewish families and many other new immigrants to Israel with the means to celebrate this Passover. Our assistance will include traditional foods, basic necessities, games and toys for the children, and other holiday items. They have arrived in a new country at a time of great hardship and need our help!

Thank you for helping us fulfill their dreams of starting over in the Jewish homeland. And thank you for standing with the ICEJ as we continue to comfort the people of Israel during the Coronavirus crisis.

Please give your timely and generous gift today to help us provide Passover packages for new immigrants who have just arrived in Israel: icej.org/crisis

Giving Help & Hope this Passover!

One of the most meaningful projects that the ICEJ takes part in each year is the Passover packing event held at our Haifa Home for Holocaust Survivors. Each spring, Christians from our staff join with Jewish survivors to pack holiday gift boxes with food and other essentials for needy Israeli families at Passover.

However, due to the Coronavirus threat, we were not able to pack Passover boxes with our dear friends at the Haifa Home this year, in order to ensure their safety. Even so, we are glad to report that we will still be able to fill and deliver holiday baskets to hundreds of deserving Jewish families well in time for Pessach! The health rules to contain the virus have limited movement all across the country, but we are still finding a way to provide for many Jewish households at this special holiday season.

We hope you enjoy this video from last year's Passover packing event. And we invite you to bless Israeli families this Passover season, even in the midst of the Corona crisis!

Please give a timely and generous gift today to help us supply Passover packages to needy Israelis.

Biblical Prophecy Fulfilled….Even During A Pandemic?

Can God's Word be fulfilled even in a time of global shaking?...Absolutely!

Normally Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv is a vibrant place filled with welcome signs, balloons and the sound of cheers as people reunite with their loved ones. But lately, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the airport has been empty... really empty. But on March 22nd, twenty-six Russian Jewish immigrants with ICEJ sponsored flights took a brave step to start their new lives in Israel! Even in these uncertain times, ICEJ is honored to be a part of Biblical prophecy in bringing God’s people back to the promised land.

We can see even in these challenging times that God’s word never fails! As for the new immigrants that just arrived, they may not be able to gather together to celebrate Passover, but we know their hearts are full of gratitude to finally be home in Israel! Thank you for your continued support and for being a part of a modern-day miracle. 

Join us in making these new immigrants feel welcome to their new home by providing Passover packages to help them celebrate Passover in a special way, even in this midst of this pandemic: icej.org/crisis

ICEJ Update from Jerusalem on Coronavirus

Dear Friends of the ICEJ,

I do hope and pray you are safe and in good health. The global shaking over the Coronavirus is impacting every nation on earth, and I’m sure you have felt it in some way. Just know that we are praying for you… that all of us will emerge from this crisis with our lives and families intact, and with our faith and trust in God stronger than ever.

I also want to update you on what is happening here in Israel. As of last night, the country is now in a seven-day lockdown. You can still get to the grocery store or doctor, but otherwise we must stay home. This morning, March 23, the Ministry of Health announced that at 8:00 the coronavirus was confirmed in 1238 Israelis, one died, and 37 were completely cured. Hundreds of infected people easily tolerate the disease, 34 people are in a state of moderate severity, 24 are in serious condition.

 

Of these patients, 464 are hospitalized and 120 are in specially refurbished hotels, used as places for those infected who have a mild illness.We are praying that no one more will die here from this plague, just as when the death angel passed over the Israelites some 3500 years ago.

 

Of course, this health crisis has impacted our ministry here at the Christian Embassy in Jerusalem. Our staff must now work from home and we are managing to continue our projects and activities as we go forward. But this crisis also presents new opportunities for our ministry, and we want to let you what we were able to do so far.

First, our volunteer team in Haifa has been helping to feed and care for Holocaust survivors and other elderly people confined to their homes. Their courageous efforts have been covered by all the Israeli TV channels. And Prime Minister Netanyahu even mentioned it in his daily briefing on the current health threat. You can find videos on these latest developments on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ICEJofficial/.

We also packed food boxes this week here at our Jerusalem headquarters and delivered them to the elderly and disabled patients cared for by our ICEJ nursing team.

This coming week, we also were planning to pack food boxes for front-door delivery to thousands of senior citizens who must remain in their homes to avoid getting infected by the virus. We are hoping to still be allowed to do that. Otherwise, we are providing financial support for this and other urgent projects, which will be carried out by those authorized to leave their homes and care for the elderly.

Besides all that, we are continuing to sponsor Aliyah flights for Jewish families who are still arriving in Israel even amid this global crisis. They are now required to also enter a two-week quarantine, and the Jewish Agency is looking for our assistance with this added phase of their immigration as well.

The restrictions on movement are tight here. But we will work within the limitations to help Israelis as much as we can in this troubling time that is confronting the whole world.

As we all know by now, the biggest danger is to the elderly and others with weak immune systems. They must stay in their homes and face their fears alone. Here in Israel, many of these elderly are Holocaust survivors who have already had enough trauma in their lives. We want to be there for them.

And after 40 years of ministry here, we know it is in difficult times like these when our efforts to bless and comfort Israel count the most.

So we hope you and your family are coping well with this ordeal and are using it to draw closer to the Lord. And remember us in your prayers, as we continue to reach out to the people of Israel on your behalf. Hopefully, this crisis will end soon. But we need your support at this time, when it can truly help those facing this Coronavirus threat alone.

So please give to our Israel in Crisis fund today by clicking the link below.

And may I wish you a warm Shabbat Shalom from Jerusalem!

Dr Jürgen Bühler 
ICEJ President

Join with us today in standing with Israel in this time of crisis!

 

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