“Jacob came to his father Isaac at Mamre of Kiryat-Arba (that is, Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac had sojourned.” (Genesis 35:27)
Wednesday, December 2, is an important day for the security, families and visitors of Hebron, Israel. The Hebron Fund is holding a 24-hour urgent fundraiser to help the the second holiest city in the world (after Jerusalem) survive and thrive. The campaign runs from Wednesday, December 2 at 2:00 pm EST through Thursday, December 3 at 2:00 pm EST.
The Hebron Fund, a not-for-profit charitable organization, actively provides humanitarian aid to needy Jewish Hebron families, supports the maintenance of the city’s many holy sites, including the Cave of the Patriarchs, holds educational programs for children and youth, assists with tourism and public relations and supports the well-being of Hebron’s many soldiers.
“The Hebron Fund is the Hebron Jewish community’s official sponsor,” notes the Executive Director, Rabbi Dan Rosenstein. “With the recent incessant increase in terror attacks surrounding Hebron, we are really relying on our past and new friends to join in this campaign. The funds will go directly towards protecting and saving lives in Hebron.”
Through Charidy, a special crowdfunding campaign is taking place for only 24 hours in support of Hebron. This unique program quadruples donor dollars by providing three fund matchers for every contribution. This means that for every $1.00 contribution, The Hebron Fund will receive $4.00. The Hebron Fund’s goal is to raise $500,000 in order to continue its crucial programs.
“Charidy campaigns only run for 24 hours,” explained Rosenstein to Breaking Israel News. “We must meet our goal or we do not receive any donations at all.”
Hebron is regularly in the news. Over 60 percent of the recent wave of terror attacks in Israel have either occurred in the Hebron region or were perpetrated by Arabs from Hebron. Additionally, its many holy places are always on people’s radars.
Just recently, residents of the area, Rabbi Yaakov Litman and his son Netanel, were murdered by a Palestinian terrorist as they drove to a family pre-wedding celebration near Hebron. On the other hand, for Sukkot-the Feast of Tabernacles and Passover, tens of thousands of people visit this holy city.
The Hebron Fund enables the Jewish community of Hebron and its visitors to make pilgrimages to many of its distinguished sites. These not only include the Cave of the Patriarchs but also the ancient tombs of Biblical Jesse, Ruth, Avner the son of Ner, Otniel the son of K’naz and more.
Maintaining the safety, success and accessibility of this Biblical city is crucial. “Your donation today has never meant more to Hebron,” noted Rosenstein to Breaking Israel News. “Meeting our goal means that we can purchase bulletproof vests for our dedicated security personnel, allows us to setup CCTV camera systems at schools, houses of worship and the holy sites, provides the needed therapeutic trauma relief counseling and activities to Hebron’s children and so much more.”
The realization that a $100 donation instantly grows into a $400 or an $1,800 instantly becomes a $7,200 is mindboggling. Yet, that is exactly what The Hebron Fund is aiming to achieve.
“The success of this campaign really has historic significance,” Rosenstein emotionally stated to Breaking Israel News. “The timeless history of Hebron is rich in Jewish history and heritage. The welfare of its residents and visitors should be a top priority for anyone who appreciates keeping this Biblical city safe and available for all.”