Over 3,500 rockets fired at Israel
322 – injured
13 – dead
May – 19 Beit Halochem Update
Beer Sheva: is closed to the members, attended only by an emergency staff.
Tel-Aviv: open under restrictions, only rehabilitation treatments, Snooker, and Fitness Halls are open to our members: In Tel Aviv the swimming pool is also open.
Haifa: normal operation – excluding outdoor activity
Jerusalem: returned to normal operation – excluding outdoor activity.
May – 13 “Guardian of the Walls” UPDATE
Dear Friends of Beit Halochem,
As the security situation continues, Israel continues to experience massive barrages of missiles from the south.
Most rockets are intercepted by the Iron Dome batteries, yet due to the scope of the attacks, there are, unfortunate and inevitable casualties.
Arabs riots in cities with a mixed Arab Jewish population continue. In response, Police forces have been deployed in an effort to reestablish order.
Schools and kindergartens are suspended in the central and southern parts of Israel.
ZDVO/Beit Halochem update:
From May 14-17 we will be on Hag Shavuot leave and Beit Halochem Centers will remain open to the members. In light of the security situation the following changes are taking place at the Beit Halochem centers:
Beer Sheva – is closed to the members, attended only by an emergency staff.
Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem: open under restrictions, only rehabilitation treatments, Snooker, and Fitness Halls are open to our members. In Tel Aviv the swimming pool is also open.
Haifa: operating normally and sent an open invite to any ZDVO member who wants to come up north and use the facility.
***THE WORLD NEEDS TO KNOW****
We want to share with you a moving post, published by Moran Samuel,
Bronze Medalist in rowing at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Rioand a member of Tel Aviv’s Beit Halochem
describing her feelings and chalenges as a mother during these trying times.
A missile straight to the heart.
There are fifteen children living in my apartment building, two of them are mine.
They were all pulled out of bed tonight.
Our apartments do not have a safe room So we went down to the shelter Trying not to fall down the stairs while running (myself in a wheelchair hoping the elevator will get down in time).
The children desperately covering their ears.
Ears that have never heard a siren going up and down. Mothers in the south of Israel for 20 years have been putting the children to sleep with this lullaby, but this is Tel Aviv.
I went through the Gulf War and became sensetive even to the sound of a motorcycle that was speeding through the neighbourhood.
When the second Lebanon war shook the earth for us,
I dodged missiles on the north region Driving my old and tired Fiat Punto.
In 2014 we hid in the stairwell of our apartment building
while attempting to go through fertility treatment,
secretly hoping to bring a baby to this world.
It was during operation “Protective Edge” and for the first time
Hamas missiles crossed the 40 km range.
This is the first time I’m facing War as a mother
(tired of so called “operations”) .
Trying to explain to my 5 year old boy and 3 years old daughter
about air defense, safe zones and shelters.
We hugged them tight tonight and they asked us to
hold them even tighter.
Our hearts beat so hard that they nearly came out of our shirts.
When they asked me “Mom when will this end?” In one clear
moment, In a shelter full of families, children and babies,
while tears suffocate my throat Knowing this is not the time to cry,
that I have to be strong for them, then I realized that there are mothers
who have been hugging and holding tight for 20 years,
but can not answer this simple question,
to a boy or a girl trembling with fear.
That was the real missile that hit me tonight, straight to my heart.
When all I could tell my frightened kids was “I don’t know…”
Gal Gadot The Jerusalem Post / JPost.com Follow Team Israel
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May – 12 “Guardian of the Walls”
In the last couple of days, hundreds of rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip toward Israeli cities, including the capital of Israel, Jerusalem. In response, the IDF struck military targets belonging to the Hamas terror organization in Gaza.
Simultaneously, widespread civil rioting, by some of the Arab population in various towns and cities throughout the country has erupted.
Despite this national emergency, the Beit Halochem Centers remain open within certain restrictions. They continue providing rehabilitation services and treatments as well as emotional support, reaching out to all members by phoning them individually, inquiring whether they need anything and ensuring they are safe.
Haifa’s Beit Halochem has sent out an open invitation to all members throughout the country who wish to get away from the bombings, to come up north and use the facility which is operating normally.
During these challenging times, we remain determined to stand by our members.
It has been heartwarming to receive so many encouraging messages from many of you and to know that you, too, are standing strong with us.