Category Archives: Hessed

Missing Children

[We are] trying to help more than 65 child survivors of Holocaust find information about their past.
Please look at the photos and read the profiles of each child.

Perhaps you have a missing piece of information for these child survivors. Perhaps you have  a suggestion for additional research. Click on the pictures or names for the individual profile pages.


Leave a comment

Filed under Hessed

Thank You!

Thank you to all who donated to our campaign to raise $1800 to save the lives of two children in Addis Ababa with Hodgkin’s Disease. We met our goal of $1800 in one week, and the money will shortly be on its way to Dr. Rick Hodes in Addis Ababa. You can still donate by clicking emailing me. All money, even that in excess of $1800 will go directly to those children’s care. No money or fees will go elsewhere. Again, to all of you who donated, thank you. Shabbat Shalom!

1 Comment

Filed under Hessed

Save Two Lives, Part 2

The readers of this blog, along with readers of and DovBear have raised over $1600 to save the lives of two Ethiopian children with Hodgkin’s Disease. This is really good news, but there is a problem. What is it?

We need $188 more to do the job. If you can give, please do so now. Even small amounts are welcome. Once we have the $188, I’ll send the entire $1800 to the JDC in New York. They’ll get the entire $1800 to Dr. Rick Hodes in Addis Ababa.

Time is of the essence. These children will, God forbid, die if they don’t get treatment, and Dr. Rick doesn’t have the money to pay for the medicines needed to save their lives. In other words, your dollars really count and your donation really matters.

Please give now. Just click on the button below to donate. You’ll get a receipt you can print out for your records. Your donation is tax deductible in the US. Thank you!

UPDATE: 1/11/06 9pm CST – Our goal has been reached! The $1800 will soon be on its way to Dr. Hodes. You can still donate by emailing me. All additional money raised will be sent to Dr. Hodes. No funds will be siphoned off for handling or adminstration.


Filed under Hessed

Save Two Lives

As many of you know, Rick Hodes is a ( Modern Orthodox) Jewish doctor who lives and works in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He heads the JDC’s operations there and also serves as attending physician (without pay) at Sister Theresa’s Orphanage. He’s saved many lives and been written about extensively.

Dr. Rick does much of his work without pay. He begs for medicines and plane tickets, imports his own medicines, and relies on the kindness of others to help him succeed.

I propose that we, the readers of this blog and JBloggers in general, adopt Dr. Rick and raise some money to help him. $1400 will provide anti-cancer drugs for two children (he has 25 now waiting for treatment) and $400 will pay for one year of school for each of them. A total of $1800 will save two children.

I’ve set up a way for us to donate. (Please see below.) All contributions are tax deductible in the US. If you want to place this button on your blog or website, email me (see the right sidebar for the address) and I’ll send you the code. Thanks!

UPDATE: 1/11/07 – The $1800 has been raised! You can still donate by emailing me. Every extra dollar will help desperately ill children in Addis Ababa.


Filed under Hessed

How Difficult Is It To Be Disabled In Israel? Very

According to Access Israel:

…95 percent of the cafes don’t have accessible bathrooms and only five beaches are accessible.

There are problems with post offices and stores as well." He says only 26 percent of 500,000 handicapped people are employed in any way…

This is despite years of pleading by Diaspora Jews and the intervention of people like Isaac Stern. If you were to check shuls and yeshivot, I think the number inaccessible would approach 100%.

There is no excuse for this. The number of wounded Israeli soldiers who are unable to go to shul or a café is heartbreaking. And no one really cares.


Filed under Bio-Ethics, Hessed, Israel

Child Rape as Genocide

David Rubenstein writes:

On Sunday December 10th, as part of UN World Human Rights Day, activists in cities around the world will hold demonstrations in front of the Sudan’s embassies to "Raise the Alarm" on Darfur. We have called on communities of faith to participate through the "Weekend of Prayer and Action," December 8th-10th.

I would like to invite you to participate in this weekend’s important activities by asking your house of worship to add its name to an urgent sign-on letter to President Bush.…

We hope to use this weekend to bring diverse communities of faith together in calling on the president to take immediate action to stop the genocide in Darfur.

In particular, we hope to raise awareness of the horrific situation women and girls face every day in Darfur.

Women and girls as young as 8 years old are being raped and sexually assaulted by the Janjaweed on a daily basis as part of a calculated strategy of genocide.

They live in constant fear of attack. Even routine tasks such as searching for firewood have become perilous for them.

Please ask your house of worship to sign on to the letter urging President Bush to act immediately to end these atrocities. Click here to let us know if you plan to ask the leaders of your house of worship to add its name to the letter.

You will be joining hundreds of thousands of concerned people around the world who will be calling on their respective leaders to act for the people of Darfur.

Please forward this message to your friends and family and invite them to join you in participating in this effort.

Thank you again for your dedication.

Best regards,

David Rubenstein
Save Darfur Coalition

P.S. Are you looking for a meaningful holiday gift? If so, click here to visit the Save Darfur Coalition’s online store to browse our selection of t-shirts, wristbands, and much more. Our merchandise is the perfect way to give a gift to someone you love and help people in need at the same time.

Leave a comment

Filed under Darfur, Hessed

Say A Quick Kapitel

I want to thank all of you have been davening for my sister Chaya Estherbas Rochma, who has been in a coma for the last five months. Tomorrow, at 10AM London time, the doctors will try to revive my sister by means of a new technique. Please daven for her at that time.

Thanks and may we all share besorot tovot b’karov!

Rabbi Yaakov Asher Sinclair

For all you BTs, this note is from Ohr Somayach’s Rabbi Yaakov Asher Sinclair. For all you musicians, this note is from John Sinclair, Foreigner’s producer (Cold As Ice). His sister who he asks you to pray for is the founder of Stiff Records, the famous London-based punk and new wave label.

Leave a comment

Filed under Hessed