Song For Israel - 2016 in Review

Song For Israel would like to thank you those of you who partnered with us financially and prayerfully. In 2016, Song For Israel was able to boldly help stand in the gap for Israel and the Jewish people.  We are so grateful for the opportunity to continue to pursue our goal of proclaiming God's eternal plan through Israel.  We could not do that without your support.

With your help this year, Song For Israel:

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·      Launched a new Bomb Shelter Project for a high           school in Kfar Silver, Israel.  Amount collected to date   is  $1,940 (See photo to the right)

·      Launched a new SFI project called “Aliyah” (to help persecuted Jewish people around the world move to Israel). Amount collected to date is $250

·      Completed writing of our book called, Understanding God’s Eternal Plan For Israel

·      Held an 8-week beta test group for Understanding God’s Eternal Plan for Israel. (10 people participated)

·      We were re-invited to apply for the James L. Stamp Foundation grant and mid-December received funds to publish our book and purchase a piece of office equipment;

·      Partnered with Ben David Messianic Jewish Congregation for their Passover Seder at the Embassy Suites in Garden Grove in March

·      Began preparations for our conference in March of 2017

·      Led two Bible study classes in the Book of Hebrews, Parts 2 & 3, and Titus

·      Hosted 18 Prayer Meetings

·      Donations that have come in via Ebay sellers, Ebay Give, iGive and AmazonSmile were $333.30

·      Will host and celebrate a Chanukah party at the Yorba Linda Community Center on December 30th

And, with your help, we’re excited about 2017 and plan to:

·            Offer a conference in March, 2017

·            Partner with Ben David Messianic Jewish Congregation for a Passover Seder

·            Host the annual Israel Tour May 25 - June 5 (with a side trip to Petra, Jordan)

·            Continue to raise money for a bomb shelters in Israel through Operation Lifeshield

·            Continue to raise money for the “Aliyah” project in Israel

·            Publish the book, Understanding God’s Eternal Plan for Israel

·            Create a new workbook to go with Understanding God’s Eternal Plan for Israel

·            Offer several 8-week classes for small groups with the Understanding God’s Eternal Plan for Israel curriculum

·            Offer 2 inductive Bible Studies in the Book of Daniel

·            Look for more churches who share our vision and would enjoy partnering with us

·            Host a fabulous Chanukah party

·            Work on a plan to reach new people and share our vision

As always, Song For Israel counts on your support.  The discrimination towards Israel is rising every day! Your gift is extremely important to SFI because it provides resources that make an immediate impact through education, lifesaving bomb shelters, and ministry to the Jewish people.

Will you prayerfully consider partnering with us to proclaim God’s eternal plan for Israel? Please consider a monthly partnership and/or a year-end tax-deductible donation for Song For Israel. In addition, you might feel led to consider the following special projects:

1. Funds to help offset costs of our March conference

2. Donate towards our Spring Fundraising Dinner

3. Donate toward our Bomb Shelter or Aliyah Project

To make a donation, please click here.

Scripture tells us that “Those who bless Israel will be blessed…” (Genesis 12:3) In addition, our prayer team regularly prays that God will bless you, our donors.

Once again, thank you for helping Song For Israel impact our world in support of Israel and the Jewish people. May God richly bless you.

Blessings and Shalom,

The entire Song For Israel Team

UNESCO Votes that the Temple Mount & Western Wall have No Historic Ties to Israel

Last Thursday, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) voted to approve a resolution by the Palestinian Authority, declaring that both the Western Wall and the Temple Mount have no historic ties to Judaism.  Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, declared, “The theater of the absurd continues at the UN. Today UNESCO adopted its second decision this year denying the Jewish people’s connection to the Temple Mount, our holiest site for more than 3,000 years. What’s next? A UNESCO decision denying the connection between peanut butter and jelly? Batman and Robin? Rock ‘n’ roll?”

The United States voted in support of Israel (against the resolution), along with five other countries. Most countries (26) abstained and 24 voted for the resolution.

I am very disappointed that the world is basically turning a blind eye to Biblical and historical truths about the Temple Mount and Western Wall that go way back. The original Temple was built by King Solomon and before that, with Abraham being given the land then known as Mount Moriah (the same land where Abraham was to offer Isaac as a sacrifice mentioned in Genesis 22. Because of Abraham’s obedience, God told him that he and his “descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies.” In 1 Chronicles 21 Mount Moriah is identified as Arunah or the Jebusite threshing floor that King David bought for 600 shekels of gold. This demonstrates that the Jews received this area through a legal transaction. They have never since sold this land to anyone. It has only been taken from them, the rightful owners.

Watch this video as Prime Minister Netanyahu shares his distaste regarding the UNESCO vote.

US Firefighters "Dropped Everything" to Fight Fires in Israel

39 firefighters gave up their Thanksgiving weekend to help Israel in their fire crisis.  Seven of the 39 are Jewish, but all of them share a love for Israel.

 American Firefighters in Israel (Photo by The Times of Israel)

American Firefighters in Israel (Photo by The Times of Israel)

Over 32,000 acres of beautiful forest burned along with hundreds of homes and businesses. According to the Israeli authorities, the fires began because of a very long dry spell and high winds, but were exacerbated by Palestinian and Arab-Israeli arsonists with nationalist motives. While 29 have been arrested for arson, investigations continue.

Last Friday, Israel’s Public Security Ministry requested help from the “Emergency Volunteers Project,” a network of over 950 American volunteers and professional first responders. Many Israeli firefighters had been fighting the blazes for 90 hours straight and appreciated the American help so they could rest.

 Elan Raber (Photo from The Times of Israel)

Elan Raber (Photo from The Times of Israel)

Elan Raber, Jewish, flew in Sunday morning from Los Angeles, where he works for the Los Angeles City Fire Department. He was familiar with the station at Petach Tivkah because he trained there with the Emergency Volunteers Program. Raber was born in Israel and served in the Israel Defense Forces and views being in Israel as “part of his calling,” According to The Times of Israel.

Over 200 Fires Threaten Israel Three Days Straight

At a press conference today, Prime Minister Netanyahu said that Israel is facing a wave of terror in the form of arsonists setting much of the country of Israel ablaze. Not all the fires were set by arsons, but many were. "Every fire caused by arson, or incitement to commit arson, is terrorism for all intents and purposes, and we will bring them to justice," he said. 

 Photo provided by ICEJ

Photo provided by ICEJ

The forest fires are now threatening many towns and villages nationwide. The biggest concern at this moment is the northern city of Haifa, where several major fires are rapidly spreading into built-up areas of the city. 60,000 residents have been evacuated.

Shin Bet and Police are investigating and have detained a number of suspects on suspicion of arson.

Netanyahu has requested assistance from Greece, Croatia and Russia to help battle the blazes across the country and spreading rapidly with strong winds. Several homes and businesses have been destroyed.

While we are sitting at our Thanksgiving tables, please remember to pray for the safety of those living in Israel and for those fighting over 200 fires today. Pray that God would stop the winds that are accelerating the blazes.

 

Promises President-Elect Donald Trump Made Regarding Israel

President-Elect Donald Trump has made some remarkable promises to Israel and we are looking forward to them. After the elections, Donald Trump said: “My Administration will stand side-by-side with the Jewish people and Israel’s leaders to continue strengthening the bridges that connect, not only Jewish Americans and Israelis, but also all Americans and Israelis.”  (JPOST Nov 11, 2016) Vice President-elect Mike Pence is one of the most pro-Israel policy-makers in America.

Below are quotes from various sources regarding Trumps promises to Israel: 

 1.  Relationship with Iran

  • “Together we will stand up to enemies, like Iran, bent on destroying Israel and her people, together we will make America and Israel safe again.” (JPost Nov 11, 2016)
     
  • “Trump has been a strong critic of the deal with Iran. Since this deal was an executive branch initiative never ratified by Congress, we know that President-Elect Trump will be able to immediately take steps to stop the flow of cash and business deals to Iran.” (CUFI 11/10/16)
     
  • “Trump will vacate the US’s signature from the nuclear deal with Iran.” However, Trump cannot reimpose the sanctions on Iran that the nuclear deal canceled. He also cannot “take back the billions of dollars that Iran has already received due to the abrogation of economic sanctions and through cash payoffs from the Obama administration.” (Caroline Glick Nov. 15 RealClear)
     
  • “In an AIPAC meeting in March this year, Trump announced that his "number one priority is to dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran" and to "stand up to Iran's aggressive push to destabilise and dominate the region." (Alijazeera Nov. 12)

    2.  Jerusalem as Capitol of Israel

    • "On the campaign trail, Donald Trump the candidate promised to recognize Jerusalem as the undivided capitol of Israel—a move that would upend decades of US policy.” (CNN Nov. 14, 2016)
       
    • “David Friedman, a Trump advisor,  told The Jerusalem Post Wednesday that one of the administration’s first moves would be to follow through on the campaign promise made last month by Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, according to which her father would move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. ‘It was a campaign promise, and there is every intention to keep it,’ Friedman said.” (Jerusalem Post Nov. 11, 2016)

    3.  Settlements

    • "It is certainly not Mr. Trump’s view that settlement activities should be condemned and that it is an obstacle for peace, because it is not an obstacle for peace,” Jason Greenblatt, the Trump team’s point person on Israel — and rumored potential new envoy to the region — told Israeli Army Radio Thursday.” (Vox Nov. 11, 2016)
       
    • "With Trump in the White House, Israel will continue expanding settlements in the West Bank.” (Alijazeera Nov. 12, 2016)
       
    • “Education Minister Naftali Bennett, leader of the right-wing Jewish Home party, said Trump's election allows Israel to fully dismiss the notion of a Palestinian state. "This is the position of the President-elect, as written in his platform, and it should be our policy, plain and simple. The era of a Palestinian state is over" (CNN Nov. 14, 2016)“Israel has long maintained that only direct negotiations without the involvement of any third parties could lead to a peace settlement with the Palestinians. Trump seems to share that policy.” I believe that my administration can play a significant role in helping the parties to achieve a just, lasting peace – which must be negotiated between the parties themselves, and not imposed on them by others. Israel and the Jewish people deserve no less,” the president-elect said.” (RT America Nov. 13. 2016)

    4.  Relationship with Palestinians

    • “Education Minister Naftali Bennett, leader of the right-wing Jewish Home party, said 'Trump's election allows Israel to fully dismiss the notion of a Palestinian state. This is the position of the President-elect, as written in his platform, and it should be our policy, plain and simple. The era of a Palestinian state is over.'" (CNN Nov. 14, 2016)
       
    • “Israel has long maintained that only direct negotiations without the involvement of any third parties could lead to a peace settlement with the Palestinians. Trump seems to share that policy. 'I believe that my administration can play a significant role in helping the parties to achieve a just, lasting peace--which must be negotiated between the parties themselves, and not imposed on them by others. Israel and the Jewish people deserve no less,' the president-elect said." (RT America Nov. 13. 2016)


      Many of these changes have been promised before. It is only through a willing President and our prayers to God our Father that these things might occur. Song For Israel encourages you to pray for our leaders and for Israel on a regular basis. 

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      Israel's Prime Minister Congratulates Trump Victory!

      Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu published a statement congratulating Donald Trump, saying: "Congratulations on being elected President of the United States of America. President-elect Trump is a true friend of the State of Israel. We will work together to advance the security, prosperity, and peace. The strong connection between the United States and Israel is based on shared values, shared interests, and a shared destiny. I am certain that President-elect Trump and I will continue to strengthen the unique alliance between Israel and the United States and bring it to even greater heights. May God bless America. May God bless Israel. May God bless our enduring alliance." 

      In addition to this statement, Netanyahu prepared the video below:

      Israel Tour Informational Meeting - This Saturday, Nov. 12 at 1:30 pm

      Are you ready to let God change your life forever? Come join us for a unique tour to Israel, taking you back to your Jewish roots as you walk the places where our Messiah walked.

      Join us this Saturday, November 12th at 1:30 pm at 651 W. Sunflower (three blocks east of South Coast Plaza), Santa Ana in the Conference (to the left of the sanctuary). Learn about this special tour to Israel and Petra--see picture books from previous trips--meet who may be going on this trip with you!

      We invite you to share the experience of a lifetime—a trip to the land of the Bible—where the Patriarchs of our faith walked.  On this 12-day journey, visit Jerusalem with its garden tomb, Mt. of Olives and Garden of Gethsemene, Caesarea by the Sea, visit Megiddo where the Battle of Armegeddon will take place, float in the Dead Sea, view the Mt. of Beatitudes, stand on Mt. Nebo where Moses overlooked the Promised Land, get baptized in the Jordan River, take a Cable Car up to Masada, witness Ein Gedi where David fled from Saul,  see the Qumran Caves, kayak in the Sea of Galilee, visit the village of Nazareth where Jesus lived, and tour Petra (Jordan) where many assume the Jews will flee in the future, and so much more!      

      For more information, click here.

      Our Feast of Tabernacles Celebration Last Sunday

      Although rain prohibited us from experiencing the fullness of the evening planned, we were able to share the Scriptural importance of this day! The Feast of Tabernacles is a day that is celebrated as we remember God's provision for the Hebrew people as they wandered in the wilderness for 40 years. They were always fed, their clothes never wore out and there was always protection as they carried their dwelling place (tabernacle/sukkah) with them. This Feast has a future fulfillment in that we will tabernacle "dwell" with our Messiah and will always be with Him. 

      Here are a few pictures from our celebration! 

      Bomb Shelter Project for Kfar Silver, Israel

      Situated in Kfar Silver, a Southern Israeli village located near Ashkelon (just a few miles from the Gaza Strip), sits an agricultural high school where more than 200 students attend class. On any given day it is a great place to be – unless the sirens go off warning them of an incoming rocket. There are not enough bomb shelters on this property and when the alarms sound, students have 7 to 9 seconds to run for shelter. Where will they run?

      Song For Israel has been asked to help. For $20,000+ we can provide safety for these high school students. Our goal is to raise these funds and personally deliver a check during our next Israel tour. 

      We partner with the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem and Operation Lifeshield to bring shelter to students in Israel. Our first bomb shelter was funded in 2014 to aid the Eden Center, a school for girls near Sderot (two miles from the Gaza border).

      To contribute to this life-saving project, you may either send a tax-deductible donation to Song For Israel, 18340 Yorba Linda Blvd. #107-153, Yorba Linda, CA 92886 or click here. Please indicate this is a bomb shelter donation. Thank you helping save lives.

      Feast of Tabernacles Holiday Begins Tonight and Lasts 7 Days

      The details about this Feast are found in Leviticus 23:33-44. During this seven-day celebration, no work was to be done on the first or the last day. In between these days of complete rest, offerings were to be presented to the Lord on each day of the seven-day period. The first day was a holy day and the rest of the days were feast days!

      For one week, the people of Israel lived in makeshift Booths called SUKKAHs, of leafy branches, symbolizing their journey through the wilderness after leaving Egypt. Feast of Tabernacles celebrates God’s protection and provision in the Wilderness.

      The Feast occurs after Israel’s Fall harvest. Also called The Feast of Ingathering, it was the major annual harvest of the year. The spring harvest was very small in comparison to the fall harvest.

      All over Israel, you will see sukkahs! They build them in their backyards, on their apartment porches, in the back of a truck! Then they invite friends to feast with them in celebration! A sukkah is supposed to be a makeshift structure that is easily moved. Fruit is hung as a reminder that God provides all that we need. Children make chains out of colorful paper. The sukkah provides shade and yet there are openings between leafy branches on top so that we can see His glory in the stars at night. God wants to be our shelter and our shade.

       Leviticus 23:40 says “You shall take for yourselves on the first day, the fruit of beautiful trees, branches of palm trees, the boughs of leafy trees and willows of the brook; and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days.“You shall take for yourselves on the first day, the fruit of beautiful trees, branches of palm trees, the boughs of leafy trees and willows of the brook; and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days. You shall keep it as a feast to the Lord for seven days in the year. It shall be a statute forever in your generations and you shall celebrate it in the seventh month. You shall dwell in booths for seven days. All who are native Israelites shall dwell in booths, that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.”

      What fun to be told to rest before and after the 7-day feast and to rejoice and have joy! And to eat, eat, eat! Rest, have fun and eat.  I like that!

       Our non-Kosher Sukkah at our last feast

      Our non-Kosher Sukkah at our last feast

      Deut. 16:13-16 Says “You shall observe the Feast of Tabernacles seven days, when you have gathered from your threshing floor and from your winepress; and you shall rejoice in your feast. Seven days you shall keep a sacred feast to the Lord your God…the Lord your God will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hands, so that you surely will rejoice.”

      In John 7, we see Jesus coming up to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles! 1 Corinthians 5:8.  Paul encouraged those in Corinth (mostly NOT Jewish) to celebrate the feasts!

      Significance

      God wanted His people to celebrate the fact that He provided shelter for them in the wilderness. Shelters or booths were to be built in which the people worshiped for the week of the feast to remind them of their departure from Egypt and their long journey to Sinai. They were to rejoice in the Lord, during the entire celebration of the feast, giving thanks to God for His abundant gifts and all that He had done. This was the only festival where rejoicing is commanded by God. It is a time for His people to remember that God dwelled with them in their wilderness journey. He guided them with a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. They would look up night or day and see that He was with them. God tells them to live in booths for 7 days to remind them that He was with them and supplied all they needed.

      God has always desired to dwell with us. God wants to be with you. He desires to dwell with His people. He always has and always will.

      There is Prophetic Fulfillment in EACH APPOINTED DAY

      This feast reminded Israel of God’s blessings in the past. He had led them out of Egyptian bondage, cared for them in the wilderness, and brought them into their promised inheritance. Once they had lived in booths and tents, but in the Promised Land, they would live in houses! Tabernacles represent the Lord’s shelter in the future. The Lord will establish his Tabernacle in Jerusalem (Ezekiel 37:26) and the world will come every year to appear before the King & worship Him. A final ingathering will take place.

      In the future, families of the earth (the believers) will come to Jerusalem to annually celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles (Zechariah 14:16-19). God is setting up His kingdom and he is going to restore it. There will be a new heaven and a new earth. Revelation 21:3 says “...behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God!” God will tabernacle with men! Can you imagine this!?! We will celebrate a spiritual harvest…the Ingathering in that day. The Future Feast of Tabernacles, celebrated on the new earth, with God Himself, will be the most joyous occasion of all time! We can look forward to it!

      We can celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles because it speaks of our Messiah! It reminds us of what He has done and what He WILL DO. 

      Join us for our Feast of Tabernacles Celebration Dinner on Sunday, October 23, 2016. Click here for more information.

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      Ridiculous Resolution Passed Today by UNESCO Rejects Jewish Connection to the Temple Mount

      The United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO) passed another ridiculous resolution today that denies the Jewish connection to Judiasm’s holiest site – the Temple Mount. Even though there is archeological proof that the First and Second Temples stood on this same site, UNESCO has resolved that the site is holy to Muslims only as their third-holiest site (second to Mecca and Medina).

      There is no connection in the world stronger than the connection to the Temple Mount from a religious, historical and national perspective. This connection has been strong for well over 2,000 years.

      "Today that organization [UNESCO] adopted another delusional decision stating that the Jewish People have no connection to the Temple Mount or the Western Wall. Even if they do not read the Bible, I would suggest that UNESCO members visit the Arch of Titus in Rome. On it one can see what the Romans brought back to Rome after they destroyed and looted the Second Temple on the Temple Mount 2,000 years ago. There, engraved on the Arch of Titus, is the seven-branched menorah that is the symbol of the Jewish People and, I remind you, is also the symbol of the Jewish state today. Soon, UNESCO will say that the Emperor Titus engaged in Zionist propaganda,” quipped Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

      “To say that Israel has no connection to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall is like saying that the Chinese have no connection to the Great Wall of China and the Egyptians have no connection to the pyramids,” Netanyahu added. “By this absurd decision, UNESCO has lost what little legitimacy it had left.”

      It was just one year ago (October 2016) that UNESCO also declared Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem and the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron (where Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebecca, Jacob, and Leah are believed to be buried) a Muslim Holy site.

      As Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) is about to begin in Israel (October 16-23), this UNESCO resolution denying the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount is felt strongly as many come to the site to celebrate this holiday.

      Interested in experiencing a Feast of Tabernacles? Join Song For Israel as we celebrate this feast on October 23rd. Click here for more information.

      Prime Minister Netanyahu's Rosh Hashanah Greeting

      Prime Minister Netanyahu greets the world on the evening of the Jewish New year. He stressed that Rosh Hashanah is a time for both celebration and reflection.

      Referring to the passing last week of Shimon Peres, the Israeli leader said that the former president would have wanted Israelis and Jews to look back with pride and look forward with hope.

      Listen to what else Netanyahu has to say in this short, but profound message.

      Inside the Mind of a Terrorist

       Micah Halpern

      Micah Halpern

      Several from our Song For Israel team attended the Jewish National Fund Orange County breakfast on 9/11, featuring keynote speaker, Micah Halpern. His topic was "Inside the Mind of a Terrorist." Halpern is an expert on terrorism, the Middle East and Muslim Fundamentalism. 

      The Jewish National Fund raises funds to help with large projects in Israel. The current Orange County project is raising funds for new fire engines in Israel. They raised over $20,000 at this breakfast.

      Song For Israel also raises funds to help Israel. We began a new bomb shelter project just last month to pay for a shelter to be placed at an agricultural high school in Israel in Kfar Silver. You may read more about this project by clicking here.

      Shimon Peres, Former President of Israel and Last Surviving Founding Father, Dies at 93

      Shimon Peres, former Israeli Prime Minister and President, died yesterday at the age of 93 from complications from a stroke.

       Shimon Perez

      Shimon Perez

      Shimon Peres, born in Poland, moved to Israel (then ruled by the British Mandate) in 1934. Peres led Israel's Defense Ministry in his 20's. He was first elected to Parliament in 1959 and later held every major Cabinet post (Defense, Finance and Foreign Affairs) as well as serving two brief terms as Prime Minister. He was a prominent leader in Israeli politics for seven decades, and was one of the architects of the Oslo Accords. He was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for his work on the Accords in 1994. He is the last surviving link to Israel's Founding Fathers. He served as a member of the Knesset for 48 years, which is the longest term of service in the history of the Knesset.

      I met Shimon Peres, alongside then Ambassador Michael Oren a few years back and realized what an amazing man he was. At that time, Peres, was acting as the 9th President of Israel. 

      NEW Bomb Shelter Project in Kfar Silver, Israel

      Our newest Bomb Shelter project will be to provide shelter for students at an agricultural high school in Kfar Silver (translated Silver Village). Kfar Silver is a youth village in Southern Israel, located near Ashkelon (just a few miles from the Gaza Strip), where 200+ students attend. 

      There are no bomb shelters located at this school. When the sirens are heard, they have 7-9 seconds to run for shelter. Where will they run? There is no safe place.

      Song For Israel has been asked to help. For $12,000+ we can provide safety for over 200 high school students. Our goal is to raise these funds and personally deliver a check during our Israel tour in May 2017. 

      Will you contribute to this campaign and help save lives in Israel?

      Click here to contribute to the Bomb Shelter fund.

      16-Month Hebrew Heritage Calendar (September 2016 - December 2017) From Israel - Now Available

      Order your 16-month Hebrew Heritage Calendar (September 2016 - December 2017), featuring sixteen beautiful graphic illustrations of Isaiah chapter 60 by Israeli artist Aviel Rozin emphasizing Scripture (KJV and Hebrew).

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      Galilee Calendar Company is an Israel-based tent-making marketplace ministry. Proceeds help support an Israeli Messianic congregation (Tents of Mercy Network) as well as other ministry and humanitarian works in the Land of Israel. Dimensions: Closed 11.8 x 6.7 inches. Open 11.8 x 17.0 inches. $11 each. They make great gifts!  

      Click here to order.