Pictures from Tel Aviv

Our tour group only spent one day in Tel Aviv. A few of us (women) ventured out to the beach and didn't know that there are sections designated to men, women or mixed.  We walked into the men's section and were kindly ushered out by an Orthodox Jewish man.  Things are different here in Israel!

Enjoy a few pictures that were taken from the women's section. Notice that many of the women are fully clothed even in the water!  Beautiful Mediterranean Sea!

$10,861 Donated to Build Bomb Shelter Near Gaza

Yesterday, Deby Brown, President of Song For Israel presented a check to Shmuel Bowman, Director of Operation Lifeshield in Jerusalem in the amount of $10,861.50. A new bomb shelter will be purchased and delivered to the Eden Center school for girls just two miles from the Gaza border, keeping them safe when rockets are directed in their area. 

To learn more about this bomb shelter project or to donate to our next bomb shelter project, please click here.

"This Year in Jerusalem"

One of the common phrases chanted by Jewish people and Christians who want to visit Jerusalem is "next year in Jerusalem." We hope you will join us in 2016 for one of our tours.  Here are some highlights from the City of Jerusalem!


Greetings from Greece!

The Song For Israel/History on the Move Tour 2015 has finished our Greece portion of the trip.  We leave for Israel tomorrow.

We thought you might enjoy a collage of some of the many pictures that were taken on the trip. in Greece.  Enjoy!

More Sirens Sound in Israel as Another Rocket Hits

In the past two weeks, there have been three incidents of rockets being fired from Gaza into Israel by Hamas. The most recent rocket landed in an open area near Ashkelon on Saturday. Ashkelon is about 10 miles from the Gaza border. The bomb shelter we are working to provide is only two miles from the Gaza border. The girls at the Eden Center heard the sirens and ran for what protection they could find.

Could this be a precursor to what happened last summer when Israel and Hamas fought a deadly war in which more than 2,100 Palestinians and 72 Israelis were killed? The mayor in Ashkelon is cautioning that Israel is facing the "moment of truth" regarding Gaza. The Israeli government has urged the Palestinians to stop the trickle of rocket fire before the situation deteriorates.

Israel has vowed a "zero tolerance" against attacks and an immediate response to rocket fire. If rockets continue to invade Southern Israel, the summer of 2015 could look much like the summer of 2014, unfortunately. Please pray that this escalation does not occur and pray for peace in the area.

The girls at the Eden Center are so close to the border that they have only 7 seconds to find shelter. We have collected $10,500 toward the $14,000 bomb shelter that is needed for their protection. Our campaign ends June 12th. Won't you consider making a tax-free donation to help us complete the goal and save lives? To learn more about this shelter project, please click here.  Click here to donate to this life-saving cause.

 

Gaza Fires Rockets into Israel

Alarms sounded in Southern Israel this past Tuesday night and at least one rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit a town outside Ashdod. There were no reports of any damage nor injuries.

Jerusalem holds Hamas responsible for the attack and is suspected due to an internal dispute inside the Islamic Jihad terrorist group. A new Islamic commander was supposed to begin his new position Tuesday, but his predecessor opposed it, which created tensions between the two commanders' supporters. 

Israel is wary of Gaza terrorist groups rearming after Operation Protective Edge's ceasefire in August 2014. The IDF says Hamas has been conducting test launches in recent months, in order to increase its rocket-launching capabilities.

Iron Dome interceptors have been relocated to Northern Israel (in anticipation of a Hezbollah assault), and therefore, none of the five reported rockets launched into Israel were intercepted. The area where the rocket hit was between Ashkelon and Ashdod--an area where Operation Lifeshield has placed many shelters and continues to do so when funding is available. 

Song For Israel is coming to the rescue for the girls living at the Eden Center--all the girls ran for cover as sirens blared and the sound of the rockets exploding filled the area. The new shelter dedicated by Song For Israel will provide additional protection for those needing to run to safety within 6-7 seconds of the alarm.

Please watch the video below to learn more about the Eden Center and to donate to save the lives of these girls. We have collected $10,500 as of May 31, 2015 and need an additional $3,500 to meet our $14,000 goal to have this shelter installed as soon as possible.  Our current Bomb Shelter project ends June 10, 2015! Please donate by clicking here.


Bomb Shelters Needed in Israel to Help Save Lives

Israel’s surrounding enemies have acquired sophisticated long-range missiles and are capable of reaching any location within the Israeli borders. Today the Jewish people face annihilation from radical Muslims, including Palestinians and Hezbollah, who continually launch missiles from Gaza to attack towns in southern Israel. The violence escalated sharply since Israel withdrew from Gaza in the summer of 2005. Often, when the air-raid sirens sound in towns such as Sderot or Askelon, there is nowhere for innocent civilians to run for cover. Unfortunately, many do not survive. Because we believe that the Jewish people have a right to live in Israel, Song For Israel believes they have a right to be protected in their land from enemies surrounding them.

"We live in fear and anxiety… We have only 15 seconds to find a shelter..."

Song For Israel recognizes the need for providing bomb shelters to those who cannot afford them.  How frightening it must be to know that your family would not be protected because they have no shelter. We are launching a campaign and will be partnering with “Operation Lifeshield” (a non-profit Israeli charity) to provide one small bomb shelter in Israel. “Operation Lifeshield” has placed bomb shelters at public bus stops and schools in the western Negev, to protect the location population from the recurring rocket barrages. To date, they have donated over 25 shelters in Sderot, Ashkelon and other nearby towns and villages.

Our current project is the Eden Organization, which is located in the Negev region of Israel, impacting thousands of children and teenagers. However, they do not have a bomb shelter at this facility. Song For Israel is partnering with Operation Lifeshield to provide a shelter for them. The bomb shelter will cost $14,000. 

Right now, Song For Israel has already raised $9,600.50 toward this project. We are very close to being able to provide safety for these needy friends in Israel.  Please watch this video and then click here to donate to this project. Thank you for helping us to bless them!

The program provides special shelters for social service institutions located in areas hardest hit by rockets launched by Hamas. Working together with the an Israel Government Ministry, we select a social service institution (i.e. a residential school for troubled teen girls near the Gaza border) and raise funds for a special shelter. OperationLifeshield pays half the amount, and Israel pays the other half. 


The shelter will serve as a lasting testimony of Christian love to those who seek safety and comfort inside. It is a wonderful opportunity to express love to the Jewish people. In 2013, we collected over $2,000 and presented our check on our 2013 Israel tour. Help us in 2015 to present an even larger amount to help save lives.  This campaign ends June 30, 2015.

We can make a difference in Israel. We are asking you to partner with us to protect the lives of our Jewish friends in Israel. Very soon, we will be able to give you information about the city where this will be placed and we will provide regular updates on the progress of this campaign .  Start by making a donation today and know that you are helping people find safety because of your gift.

To donate to the Bomb Shelter Project in Israel, please click here.

Feast of Harvest/Pentecost Will be Celebrated This Sunday!

 

God gave us two of His most priceless gifts on this day: The Torah (His Holy Word) and the Holy Spirit. We need both—the Truth of God’s Word AND the Holy Spirit. But it is the Spirit that gives us the grace to live out that Truth in our daily lives.

Feast of Weeks marks the summer harvest or the wheat harvest. A Wave Offering was given of two leavened loaves of wheat before the Lord. It is a day to give thanksgiving for God’s ONGOING provision for His people. A Burnt Offering of 7 lambs, one bull, 2 rams, grain, oil, wine, a Sin Offering of a male goat, a Peace Offering of 2 male lambs were also part of Shavuot.

Feast of Harvest is 50 days after First Fruits (seven weeks/Sabbaths plus one day after Day of First Fruits) lasts one day. It is the only Feast that does not have a specific date attached to it, but you must count it down from Passover. The Jews call this “counting the Omer.” The counting begins with the wave offering of barley at Passover and continues for 49 days until the wheat offering on Shavuot.Historical –

According to Rabbinic tradition, Moses and the people received the Torah or Law at Mt. Sinai on this day.

This is also the same day that God poured out the Holy Spirit on His followers and united believers into the church referred to in Acts 2. Instead of the priest waving sheaves before the Lord (as was done at Passover), he waved together two loaves of bread baked with leaven, which were brought to the Temple. This unity of the Jews and Gentiles is illustrated by the two leavened loaves waved together.

Believers were empowered that day to live a holy, Spirit-led life and be His witnesses – in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth!

They also made animal sacrifices as an offering to the Lord. No work was to be done on this day. This event would have marked the end of the wheat harvest and the Jews were commanded to remember the poor as they harvested the grain God had generously given them. They were reminded to leave the corners of the field for the poor and alien to glean. The traditional Scripture reading for Shavuot is the Book of Ruth, who gleaned in the fields of Boaz.

On Pentecost (the same day as Shavuot), Israel saw an amazing reversal. After receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai, 3,000 souls perished because of the sin of the golden calf (Exodus 32:28). On this same date, all those years later, this same number of souls were saved after the Holy Spirit was poured out! About 3,000 people were added to the community of believers on Pentecost (Acts 2:41). The Spirit of God reversed the destruction caused by the sin of man!

 The promise of the Holy Spirit, the mystery of the Church: Jews/Gentiles in one body

 

 

 

 

Jerusalem Day

Today, Jews around the world gather together in spirit to celebrate Jerusalem Day (in Hebrew: Yom Yerushalayim).

Jewish people were forced to leave the land they loved in 70 AD and for over 2,000 years, they have prayed and longed to return to Jerusalem.  The Holy City had been divided between Israel and Jordan after Israel proclaimed its independence in 1948, and the Arab nations attacked Israel.

During the 1948 War of Independence, Jordan took control of the Old City of Jerusalem where the first and second Temples once stood. Forty-eight years ago, Israel reunified its most cherished city, Jerusalem. In the Six-Day War of 1967, 182 Israeli Defense Force (IDF) soldiers sacrificed their lives in the bloody battle over that city. Jerusalem was, once again, under Jewish sovereignty for the first time in 2,000 years! They continue to protect and defend Jerusalem today. Please pray for the safety of all soldiers in Israel.

Jews around the world chant, "next year in Jerusalem."
 




 

Three Weeks Left in our Israel Bomb Shelter For Abused Girls Campaign

The project in Israel that we support is called the Eden Center for girls, ages 12 - 18, who have been removed from abusive situations only to find themselves a short two miles from Gaza. Being that close to Gaza gives the girls only a quick 7-second run, once the siren sounds, to make a run for a bomb shelter for safety. During non-war times, they continue to experience one or two rockets headed in their direction per week. 

Regular and frequent rocket fire from Hamas-controlled Gaza into the waters of the Mediterranean Sea indicate the steady buildup and recovery of the terrorist organization's weapons stockpiles, reports Shmuel Bowman, Director of Operation Lifeshield. Shmuel met with Israeli Navy soldiers yesterday who confirmed that they personally witnessed  Hamas exercises involving the firing of rockets into the sea, which clearly indicates an eventual plan to initiate another round of violence against Israeli communities.  They are monitoring the situation closely and are actively doing as much as possible to help prepare for fresh rocket attacks.

Our campaign to help the girls will be completed in only three weeks when we will personally present a check to Shmuel Bowman at Operation Lifeshield, who will install the shelter at the Eden Center. 

Please watch the video below and then plan to make a donation to help us reach our goal. This shelter will cost $14,000 and we have collected $9,750 to date! We need your help before another war breaks out or a rocket hits the middle of the Eden Center and takes the life of a young girl. Click here to donate. (Please write "Bomb Shelter" on your donation for this project). 

Song For Israel Celebrates FOUR Years!

Today, May 3, 2015, Song For Israel celebrates its fourth year! We've grown and hit our stride! Please celebrate some of our four-year highlights below. Please leave a comment if you participated in our events! Happy Birthday, Song For Israel!


Song For Israel Sponsors "Walk For Israel" on Israel's Independence Day

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015, was Israel's Independence Day and over thirty participated in a "Walk For Israel" on a busy street in Yorba Linda.  We received many, many honks and waves in support of Israel as we walked. Check out the photos below.

KBRT Radio (740 AM) interviewed several on the "Walk" and we hope to hear about it on the air!

Code Red Sirens Sound again near Gaza

While Israeli's were wrapping up their Independence Day celebrations this Thursday, a code red siren sounded in Gaza border communities in southern Israel. Things have been relatively quiet prior to this (since December of last year). A rocket hit an open field near Sderot with no injuries nor damages reported.

Just two miles away from the Gaza Border, the Eden Center, a school housing young girls ages 12-18, heard the sirens and the girls scrambled for shelter. Because they are so close to the border, they have only 7 seconds to reach a shelter.  If the girls are at the far end of the campus, they cannot make it to the shelter within 7 seconds of the siren blast. They take their chances on not being hit. Watch this video that takes you on a tour of the campus.

Song For Israel has been collecting funds to build one shelter that would solve the problem of the girls not being able to reach the larger shelter in time. This bomb shelter would be at the other end of the school. Everyone would be safe -- if we could raise the rest of the funds needed. The shelter will cost $14,000 and we have raised $9,150 so far.  We are so very close to being able to provide this shelter for these young women who have come to this place as a refuge.  Our campaign ends June 13th and we will be presenting the check in person the next week in Israel.

Please save the lives of these young girls and make a donation today. To donate, please click here.  Please designate "Bomb Shelter" on your donation. Please keep checking our website for updates and pray that we reach our goal so we can bless them with this gift!

Holocaust Remembrance Day

Taken at the Berlin Jewish Museum

Taken at the Berlin Jewish Museum

Today marks Holocaust Remembrance Day, which in Hebrew is called “Yom HaShoah” and is a solemn date when Israel remembers the 6,000,000 Jews killed in the Holocaust. This morning in Israel, every vehicle will stop and humans will stand at attention for two minutes while sirens sound, in remembrance.

 

Auschwitz

Auschwitz

Auschwitz was the biggest Nazi concentration camp in Europe during World War II.  More than 1,100,000 men, women, and children lost their lives here.  While multiple tracks led into these extermination camps, no one ever came out on them.

Six Million Jews (half of the world’s Jewish population at the time) perished under Hitler’s Final Solution.  

There are not many Holocaust survivors left today. Bertie Lubinsky, from Holland, will give an eyewitness account of the horrors of the Holocaust at Ben David Messianic Jewish Congregation this Saturday, April 18th at 10:30 am. (651 W. Sunflower, Santa Ana, CA--3 blocks east of South Coast Plaza.) We are the last generation to honor the survivors and remember the victims. Following Bertie's message, stay for the movie, "Orchestra of Exiles" -- a harrowing, inspiring, and fascinating story about one Polish violinist and 70 Jewish musicians. Together they fought the Nazis with the only weaon they had: Music.c.


Holocaust Memorial Day - Yom HaShoah

Although much of today's world rejects the notion that the Holocaust even occurred, Thursday, April 16th is considered Holocaust Remembrance Day (in Hebrew--Yom HaShoah). It is a sad day as many still have memories of the evils done to family members and friends. Still others question how such evil could be allowed to occur in our world. but it did happen.

I recently visited the Simon Wiesenthal Center with some friends and I was given a little card with the name and picture of a little girl who lived during the Holocaust. Eva Been was a darling girl from The Netherlands. She came from a normal family where her father was a high school teacher in Northern Holland. The Jews of The Netherlands were well-integrated into the general population and they were active in all aspects of the country's social, cultural and economic life. 

Eva Beem (From the Archives of the Simon Wiesenthal Center)

Eva Beem (From the Archives of the Simon Wiesenthal Center)

Eva was eight years old when the Germans invaded her town and separated the Jews and forced them into restricted ghetto areas. Eva's parents decided they would go into hiding, hoping their children would be safer posing as non-Jews in a rural village. They found a Christian family willing to risk death to save them. Eva was given a new name and identity and attended school with others from the village.

The Nazis realized that many Jewish children had been sent into hiding and therefore intensified their search. Eleven-year old Eva and her brother Abraham were arrested and ultimately deported to Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Poland. Both were murdered upon their arrival.

Eva was one of 1.5 million Jewish children murdered by the Germans and their collaborators during the Holocaust.

Today, Israel and the Jewish people are still targets in the world with their neighbors in Iran chanting "Death to Israel" and "Drive them into the Sea." It is horrible to think such things still take place, but another Holocaust could happen. Satan would like nothing more than to defeat God's plan for Israel. Song For Israel exists to educate people about God's eternal plan for Israel from a biblical viewpoint. We stand with Israel. Will you?

Please consider making a donation to help further our ministry. Please click here.

"WALK FOR ISRAEL" - April 23rd -- Noon

Song For Israel will be sponsoring a WALK FOR ISRAEL on April 23rd at Noon in Yorba Linda. If you are interested in walking in support of Israel, please contact us at info@songforisrael.org. It will be a light walk in Yorba Linda and for only 30 minutes. The purpose is to show support for Israel on their Independence Day. Some signs and Israeli flags will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own. (Photographer needed). Register below to join us.

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