Israel365 dedicated a bomb shelter along the Gaza border in Kibbutz Karmia on June 15, 2021. “As soon as the missiles began falling on Israel, it became abundantly clear that bomb shelters save lives, and that Israel needed many more all across the country,” said Rabbi Tuly Weisz. “Thanks to our donors immediately responding to the call, Israel365 dedicated our first shelter protecting the children of Kibbutz Karmia walking to and from school. I pray that it will never have to be used, but just knowing that it’s there allows the kids to feel safe.”
The security team of the Kibbutz prepared a site for the Israel365 dedication including a picnic table covered with fragments of rockets; a heavy metal tube from a crude Hamas rocket, mostly intact, and light metal, plastic and high-tech components of the Iron Dome missiles that brought it down. Shrapnel can fall for up to ten minutes which is why staying inside a bomb shelter saves so many lives throughout the country.
Rabbi Tuly Weisz affixing the dedication plaque of the Israel365 Bomb Shelter
Rabbi Tuly Weisz brought some of his children and Israel365 staff for the dedication and unveiled a plaque that states:
This bomb shelter was donated by Israel365
thanks to the generosity of Christians and Jews
committed to providing protection and comfort to the People of Israel.
“The guardian of Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps.” (Psalm 121:4)
הִנֵּ֣ה לֹֽא־יָ֭נוּם וְלֹ֣א יִישָׁ֑ן שׁ֝וֹמֵ֗ר יִשְׂרָאֵֽל׃ תהילים קכ״א:ה
The people of Kibbutz Karmia have been absolutely terrified in recent weeks as the hatred spewing forth from Gaza rained down on their small town in southern Israel. Over 100 rockets fell onto their community alone, making public areas unsafe and condemning them to spend hours upon hours shut away at home. Many of Israel’s children are still terrified to go outside because, for them, the trauma is all too real.
At times like these, prayer and hope are often all we have to help us through the darkness. It is reminiscent of King David’s praise of God: “God is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him” (Psalms 28:7)
But the survival of the Jewish State needs more than prayers and hopes; it needs action! That is why the Israel365 Charity Fund worked with Shmuel Bowman from Operation Lifeshield to dedicate a new bomb shelter for the children of Kibbutz Karmia that stands near where many of them play every day. It was an expensive endeavor, but you can not put a cost on human life.
For the families that live close to Gaza, staying put is part of their fight for the State of Israel. Every day they spend there is another victory. But without more protection, that victory will be haunted by trauma, terror, and death. That is why we are continuing our campaign to build more bomb shelters in Israel, and we need your help to succeed!
Please, look into your heart and answer the prayers of Israeli children. Donate to the Israel365 Charity Fund today and protect the future of Israel.