Rockets Launched Toward Israel Yesterday

Early in the morning of June 20th, 45 rockets were launched towards Israeli civilians from Gaza between midnight and 5:30 am.

The Iron Dome intercepted 7 rockets that were headed for heavily populated areas.

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Thirteen rockets hit the Eshkol Region, damaging a few cars, homes, streets, and a kindergarten. Rocket impact started a fire in Ashkelon. The Eshkol Region is where our next bomb shelter will be located, but it is needed now. We have $14,000 collected so far for this $21,000 shelter.

The nearly continuous Code Red rocket sirens sounding throughout Southern Israel forced hundreds of thousands of Israelis to jump out of bed and race to shelters dozens of times throughout the night. Our first shelter in Carmia was used many times throughout the night as many rockets were headed there.

The IDF struck 25 Hamas sites in Gaza in response.

There are not enough shelters in this region. Click here to find out how you can help us provide shelters to the communities that are under attack.

May God bless and protect Israel!

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Israeli Defense Troops Deployed to All Borders

Israel is being threatened at all of her borders and is now on high alert. Israel's Defense Force (IDF) has increased the presence of both active duty and reservists to protect the country's borders. General Yehiel Gozal says, “If this situation doesn’t quickly get under control, it is likely that a war will develop.”

40,000 Palestinians have been rioting at Israel’s southern Gaza border. 62 rioters have been killed by IDF forces and at least 2,000 have been injured. Gaza has proudly announced that of those killed, 50 were members of the Hamas terror group. International media report that the Palestinians were holding peaceful protests, but videos of the riots portray a different picture.

For over a month, rioters have set tires ablaze, planted bombs, flown kites that were on fire into Israel, destroying Israeli fields. They have hurled firebombs, Molotov cocktails, and stones at IDF troops. Palestinians directed machine gun fire from Gaza at IDF aerial vehicles. Several residences in the Israeli border town of Sderot were hit. Sderot is where Song For Israel placed its first bomb shelter.

 Smoke can be seen less than a mile away on the Gaza border as Deby, director of Song For Israel, picks wheat.

Smoke can be seen less than a mile away on the Gaza border as Deby, director of Song For Israel, picks wheat.

Last month representatives from Song For Israel were on the Gaza border. We picked wheat in a field bordering Gaza as we viewed smoke from burning kites in the background. Shmuel Bowman, Director of Operation Lifeshield, created the video below. Song For Israel partners with Operation Lifeshield in saving lives by placing bomb shelters on Israel's borders. Please watch the video and then consider partnering with us to save lives in Israel.

To learn more about the Bomb Shelter project or to donate, please click here.

 

 

 

Song For Israel Bomb Shelter Placed at Eden School

In December, the bomb shelter that our Song For Israel donors provided was placed at the Eden School at Kibbutz Karmia. The shelter was placed at the site where 40 girls and young women have classes each day. Until now, there has been no shelter for them.

Kibbutz Karmia is located 2 miles north of Gaza, and in serious harm's way of rockets fired by Hamas.

 This sign appears at the entrance of the shelter. 

This sign appears at the entrance of the shelter. 

To donate to our next bomb shelter project and save lives in Israel, please click here.

Rockets are Hitting Israel--Donate to Help Save Lives

Song For Israel partners with Operation Lifeshield in Israel with our Bomb Shelter project. Operation Lifeshield is an emergency campaign to save innocent lives by providing Israel's threatened communities with the protected air raid shelters they so desperately need.

Every donation of any amount goes to placing strong, steel-reinforced, pre-cast concrete fortified shelters in public areas, such as schools, kindergartens, parks and senior citizen centers. The shelters are above-ground, fully-accessible structures, and meet the strictest standards of the IDF Home Front Command. Lifeshield shelters are transported by truck, and can be re-located to meet changing security needs.

To make a donation to help save lives, please click here.  Please share this post with your friends.

$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.

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.


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). 

Campaign for Bomb Shelters in Israel Has Only Three Months Left

Song for Israel has been collecting donations to give to Operation Lifeshield to build a bomb shelter at the Eden Center, just two miles from the Gaza border, Israel. So far, we have collected $4, 279.50 toward the shelter that will cost $14,000.  There are 50 at-risk teenage girls at this boarding school who have escaped abuse or terror to find refuge in this school. However, this area is often a target of Hamas rockets. At least once a week, a siren is heard and the girls only have 7 seconds to reach safety in one of the previously-installed shelters. Another shelter is needed for the far side of the campus, which is too far to run in 7 seconds. Please watch the video below.

You can help save lives of young women in Israel by donating to our Bomb Shelter Campaign for this Eden Project. The campaign ends June 10, 2015. We will be presenting our final check to Operation Lifeshield in person on our Israel trip.  

For more information, please visit our "Israel Projects" page by clicking here. Then scroll down the page.

To donate, please click here and be sure to write "Bomb Shelter" in the memo of your check. 

 

 

Kibbutz Sa'ad School in Israel Receives New Shelter

 Following is an update from operation lifeshield. Please  click here  for song for israel's bomb shelter project information.

Following is an update from operation lifeshield. Please click here for song for israel's bomb shelter project information.

Truly, one of my favorite moments is when I get to meet real heroes. Rafi Babion, Security Chief for the Sdot Negev Region in Southern Israel is one of the great heroes of Israel, and I am grateful for the close connection we have. Rafi has guided Operation Lifeshield in the placement of shelters in his region, and has chosen locations where we can be of maximum help.

The Kibbutz Sa'ad School, located only a few miles from the Gaza border, has been hit by Kassam rockets from Hamas frequently. Most recently, this summer, one of the rockets struck next to a room adjoining the school principal's office. Thankfully, the principal was unhurt. Damage to the exterior wall told a terrifying story, as hundreds of shrapnel shards embedded the wall.

We delivered a Lifeshield Bell shelter this month to the school, and it now sits in the bus drop-off and pick-up area. Click on the thumbnail image to view the video of school and new shelter.

Also, the music in this video is especially intense, so best to crank-up the volume when watching.

 

Blessings from Israel,                                                                                                                                                                                                       Shmuel Bowman                                                                                                                                                                             Executive Director | Operation Lifeshield

To donate to Song For Israel's Bomb Shelter project, please click here. 

 Shmuel Bowman, executive director - operation lifeshield

Shmuel Bowman, executive director - operation lifeshield



Help Provide a Bomb Shelter for the Women at the Eden Organization in Israel

The Eden Organization 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 $30,000. Operation Lifeshiled has collected all but $7,000 of thefunds needed to protect those living here. 

Right now, the Israeli government is matching donated dollars. Song For Israel has already raised $2,195 toward this project. After the Israeli government matches this, our gift looks like $4,290. 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!

Children of Netivot, Israel

Rockets keep hitting Israel and in Netivot, the sound of the Code Red siren continues to pierce the stillness of summer. For the children, where activities and summer camp have been cancelled by the IDF, the local park (or parking lot) is where most of the long hours of the day are spent. Last week, between sirens and while rockets fell close-by, Operation Lifeshield delivered more Lifeshield shelters to Netivot.

Song For Israel is helping to raise funds to bring more bomb shelters to Israel to help save lives. Right now, the Israeli government is matching donations we collect. We have already collected over $1,000 from generous donors, which will mean $2,000 to Operation Lifeshield! 

Help save lives today! Click here to donate.

Save Lives in Israel - Help NOW With this Emergency Fund

Terrorists are bombarding Israel with rockets that are reaching highly populated areas (Tel Aviv and Jerusalem)!  Lives are being lost. Sirens like the one in the video below are heard on a regular basis and families are running for bomb shelters.

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

Unfortunately, not everyone has access to a bomb shelter. Many do not survive. Even if the Iron Dome intercepts a rocket mid-air, the debris falling is much like bullets being scattered to the earth. Shelter is imperative!

We are stepping up our campaign to build bomb shelters during this time of emergency for Israel. Last year we raised $2,000 and donated it to Operation Lifeshield to build a shelter.  A very small shelter costs $12,000. We need a lot of money to build larger shelters for schools and public places.

Right now, the Israeli Government Ministry is matching funds donated to us for Operation Lifeshield! This new program provides special shelters for social service institutions located in areas hardest hit by rockets launched by Hamas. These matching funds make your donation right now go a lot further to help save lives in Israel.

Please donate NOW during this time of emergency by clicking here.

To read more about our Bomb Shelter project, please click here.

To see a Tribute to the Soldiers Who Have Given their Lives to Protect Israel, click here.

Operation Lifeshield Delivers Shelter in Netivot

Here is an update from our partners  from Operation Lifeshield in Israel!  Be sure to hear from Sh'muel at about two minutes into the video. Sh'muel visited here last month and many of you met him!

The unsmiling face of Avraham (not his real name) really says it all. There's not much to be happy about. Avraham's 9 year old daughter suffers from perpetual trauma. Every time she hears a loud noise or bang, even on the radio or TV, she becomes hysterical. Too many rockets have landed near Avraham's home in Netivot. Although the one that slammed into their backyard would have been more than enough to send the girl into screaming fits. She can't be alone, and at night she sleeps with her parents - the only way she can relax and get a few hours rest.

We delivered a Lifeshield Bell shelter to Avraham's street yesterday, and he could not contain his gratitude. He has invited me to visit him at his home for coffee next time I visit. And I was thinking that it would be nice if you (yes, you the reader) would join me.

ALERT: Rocket Hitting Southern Israel NOW!

Please read the article below that was received a few minutes ago from our partner, Operation Lifeshield in Israel. To donate toward our bomb shelter, please click here. Sh'muel will be here April 28th and will speak at an event we are planning so you can meet him and hear the stories of the people of Israel! Mark your calendar.

  Wednesday March 12, 2013. 6:00PM Israel time (12:00PM EDT).    Dozens of rockets have been fired into Southern Israel from the Gaza Strip in the past hour. The terror organisation Islamic Jihad has claimed responsibility, however we suspect that coordination with Hamas is evident. Code Red Sirens can be heard now in Sderot, Sha'ar HaNegev and Eshkol. All residents in under attack are ordered to shelters, if available.   Leah and I toured Sderot yesterday, and met with the beautiful and courageous people there. We dined at a wonderful restaurant, and all was quiet. As we have witnessed on many occasions, the security situation in the Middle East can change without notice.     Click    here   for more details and news coverage.    Your prayers and support are greatly appreciated.    Blessings from Israel.   Shmuel Bowman, Executive Director  Operation Lifeshield

Wednesday March 12, 2013. 6:00PM Israel time (12:00PM EDT). 

Dozens of rockets have been fired into Southern Israel from the Gaza Strip in the past hour. The terror organisation Islamic Jihad has claimed responsibility, however we suspect that coordination with Hamas is evident. Code Red Sirens can be heard now in Sderot, Sha'ar HaNegev and Eshkol. All residents in under attack are ordered to shelters, if available.

Leah and I toured Sderot yesterday, and met with the beautiful and courageous people there. We dined at a wonderful restaurant, and all was quiet. As we have witnessed on many occasions, the security situation in the Middle East can change without notice.

Click here for more details and news coverage.

Your prayers and support are greatly appreciated.

Blessings from Israel.

Shmuel Bowman, Executive Director

Operation Lifeshield

Operation Lifeshield Delivers a Bomb Shelter to Ashkelon School

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This past Wednesday night, 6 rockets were launched from Gaza into Israel. Their target: Ashkelon. Yesterday, the city-wide Code Red siren blared again, warning of another possible attack. Miraculously, we had a scheduled delivery of two Lifeshield shelters yesterday morning. Emotions ran high as everyone we met shared their heartfelt gratitude. I drove around Ashkelon with the Security Chief of the city in his truck, and received an invaluable perspective of the moment-by-moment crisis management he commands. Awesome stuff! It's amazing how much goes on to protect citizens on a daily basis - and especially when rockets are being shot at you.

Thank you for being part of this campaign. Thank you for saving lives.

Here's the video of my visit to Ashkelon yesterday

Song For Israel partners with Operation Lifeshield and accepts donations for this project. In 2013 we personally delivered a check for over $2,000 towards a bomb shelter like the one shown here. To donate, please click here.  Join us in saving lives in Israel. Your donation is tax deductible.

Blessings from Israel.

Shmuel Bowman, Executive Director

Operation Lifeshield

Rocket Alert Sirens in North & South Israel

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IDF Soldiers Examine Rocket After Hitting Northern Israel

We've been hearing more sirens and "booms" lately, both in Southern Israel (nearby the Gaza border), and today in Northern Israel beside the city of Kiryat Sh'mona. This isn't surprising - we're prepared for crises such as rocket attacks - but it's very disturbing. I'll give an example: when a siren blares (like it did last week in Hof Ashkelon) at 1:00am, it means that families must wake up very quickly and run to a nearby shelter. The rockets launched from Gaza hit Israel, and thankfully, no injuries... except that no one is going back to sleep. That's it for the night. Children and elderly are most affected, as sleep disruption is not easily overcome with these two age groups. And parents, needing sleep in order to work the next day, are toast. Another night lost... another day wasted.

Here's a map of Northern Israel where two of the five rockets launched today from Lebanon hit open areas in the Upper Galilee.

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I have been in telephone contact with health and social workers in both Southern and Northern Israel today, and have been receiving updates. I have assured my colleagues that  we're committed to getting more shelters to communities under-fire, and that they are not alone.

Blessings from Israel.

Shmuel Bowman, Executive Director

Operation Lifeshield

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This article was sent to us from one of our partners, Operation Lifeshield. Song For Israel  donates to them to build bomb shelters for the less fortunate.  To donate before year-end to this project, click here

Pillar of Defense--One Year Later

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Following is an update from our partner, Operation Lifeshield. To make a donation to our Bomb Shelter campaign, please click here.

It's been one year since the Pillar of Defense campaign shook Southern Israel. The incessant rocket attacks from Hamas in Gaza was reaching intense levels of frequency and destruction. I recall visiting Ashkelon last November, and driving close to the Gaza Belt area the day before the war, and hearing the sirens and exploding Grad rockets around me. It was raining hard that day, and the "joke" people told was,  "what do you mean by the word 'raining' -  the rain of water, or the rain of the rockets bursting?" Israel exercised her right to self-defense, and Hamas jumped on the opportunity to unleash it's massive fire power. For an informative summary of events from Pillar of Defense, please read the IDF blog here.

Well, here we are one year later, and while the frequency of rocket attacks is less (remember when it was every 3 days?!) the threat from Gaza has not changed much. According to Amos Harel, a respected Israeli military analyst and newspaper columnist, Israel must be vigilant and realistic regarding the continued violence from Gaza. Mr. Harel warns that missile interceptors (Iron Dome and David's Sling) are not 100% helpful, either. "For Israel, no such solution for steep-trajectory weapons is viable. No matter how many missile-interceptor batteries of whatever range Israel may have, the country will never be hermetically protected against them." (Haaretz, Nov. 21, 2013)

In recent military parades in Gaza, homemade rockets were on display alongside mobile launchers that can fire 36 rockets at a time. This does not indicate that the IDF campaign one year ago wiped out our enemy, nor created a region of peace and tranquility.

Operation Lifeshield is first and foremost a philanthropic humanitarian organization. We have a strategy for protecting Israelis in this uncertain and unstable environment - giving shelter to those threatened by rocket attacks - the primary weapon of Hamas terrorists. Please watch the video about my visit to the Eden Center last week, and how you can help save lives in Israel.

Blessings from Israel.

 Shmuel Bowman, Executive Director  Operation Lifeshield

Shmuel Bowman, Executive Director

Operation Lifeshield

 

  

   

Rocket Attack in Ashkelon, Israel

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 Operation Lifeshield Briefing    

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I received a telephone call from Keshet this morning. Keshet is Social Worker, Staff Director and Volunteer Coordinator of Yad Rachel - an organisation that runs educational therapy centers in various communities across Israel. One of their programs provides after-school activities for at-risk children in Hof Ashkelon Region, and this morning that region came under rocket attack from Gaza. Keshet called me to let me know that shelters donated by Operation Lifeshield were well-used during the Code Red alerts today. Click here to read about this morning's rocket attack.

 

I have often told our friends, as well as interested potential supporters, that if we could provide protection with lighter, cheaper materials, then we happily would do so. However, the only truly-reliable thing that can shield people from the deadly force of Katyusha and Kassam rocket blasts are heavy, steel-reinforced pre-cast concrete shelters. And that's what we are called upon to do. Today's message from Keshet reinforced that mission.

 

Blessings from Israel.

Shmuel Bowman, Executive Director

Operation Lifeshield

 

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Song For Israel partners with Operation Lifeshield in raising funds to build bomb shelters in Israel. Last June we personally handed them a check for over $2,000. We are on our second campaign to raise funds for another bomb shelter. To donate, please click here.

From Israel — Operation Lifeshield Briefing

It’s been quite a busy time at the UN lately, and a confusing time for the world. Iranian President Rouhani took Manhattan and especially the United Nations when he proposed a peaceful and diplomatic solution to the nuclear build-up in his country. Amidst warm smiles and a gentle charm, Mr. Rouhani impressed everyone, including US President Barak Obama, and called him up for a little friendly chat.

And then came Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, and spoiled the fun and cosy mood. Bibi stood at the podium of the UN General Assembly yesterday and did something no one else in the world seemed to be doing. He spoke the truth. He called Iran the terrorist-sponsors and anti-democracy state they really are. And the Israeli PM proudly declared that his country, my country, had an ancient claim to the land it calls home, and that the land and people will be in grave danger of a nuclear Iran. The truth is a difficult and unwelcome party-crasher, and most would prefer it not stick around. Israel’s role, once again, is to shine a bright light on the evil and dark forces in the world, and declare what must be heard.

For the full speech given by Prime Minister Netanyahu at the UN, please view the video below:

Song For Israel partners with Operation Lifeshield, who builds bomb shelters in Israel. To donate to our Bomb Shelter campaign, please click here.