Amid the heart-wrenching backdrop of terrorist attacks, murders, and kidnappings in Israel, American Friends of Yeshivot Bnei Akiva (AFYBA) in Israel, www.afyba.org, stands resolute. With a deep sense of responsibility and an unwavering commitment to support, they announce ‘AFYBA Supports War Efforts in Israel’– a movement designed to bolster the nation during its time of need.
The recent violent incidents have shattered numerous families. Recognizing the dire need for unity and assistance, AFYBA has kick-started pivotal initiatives to offer aid and bolster national security. Recognizing the immediate requirements of the victims, AFYBA has converted many of their school campuses into sanctuaries for families affected by the terror attacks. These establishments now serve as havens offering essential provisions such as food, shelter, and other daily necessities. Recognizing the enormity of the crisis, AFYBA emphasizes the importance of unity and support.
Responding proactively, the organization has rolled out a series of initiatives under the ‘AFYBA Supports Israel’ movement that aim not only to provide immediate relief to those affected but also to enhance the nation’s resilience and security:
Many AFYBA-affiliated schools have transformed their premises into sanctuaries, offering refuge for families whom the terror attacks have dislocated. These facilities stand as bastions of hope and safety, ensuring every individual, from infants to the elderly, receives the essentials – be it food, shelter, or daily care.
The Yeshiva Bnei Akiva Eli school has been repurposed as a military base. With numerous reservists mobilized for “Operation Swords of Iron,” such infrastructural support is invaluable. It provides a strategic command center for troops dedicated to the defense of the homeland.Realizing the necessity of a well-equipped military force, AFYBA is investing in advanced equipment. This commitment sees the procurement of critical gear, such as ceramic bulletproof vests, helmets, and drones, to strengthen the military’s capabilities against terrorist threats. Beyond weaponry and strategic resources, there’s a call for essentials – toiletries, clothing items, flashlights, and first-aid supplies.
At this juncture, AFYBA appeals for global solidarity and humbly requests support for these crucial endeavors. Every contribution, regardless of its size, can make a profound difference in these testing times. “We deeply appreciate the world’s compassion, solidarity, and unwavering support. Your contributions fortify our mission in standing steadfastly with Israel during this crisis,” expresses Jack Gourdji, Executive Director of AFYBA.
To extend support and donate to this movement please visit www.afyba.org
American Friends Yeshivot and Ulpanot of Bnei Akiva (AFYBA), is a non-profit educational system in Israel, educating 24,000 students from Israel and other countries. AFYBA’s history began in 1939 when Rabbi Moshe Zvi Neria went to Kfar Haroeh to create a new kind of yeshiva high school. Over the next 80 years, AFYBA blossomed into a network of 70 institutions that span the entire length and width of Israel. AFYBA diverse curriculum promotes intellectual curiosity in various fields like Jewish religious studies secular studies, arts, and sciences. Their schools consistently earn national recognition for scholastic brilliance, always prioritizing inclusivity by keeping doors open to students irrespective of their financial situations. AFYBA’s innovative integration of students hail from diverse backgrounds, including Russia, Ethiopia, India, North America, Europe, South Africa, and Australia. AFYBA alumni’s achievements illuminate their significant contributions to Israel and the broader world. Truly unique to the Israeli education are the studies through the AFYBA’shesder yeshivot, where students find their place in elite IDF combat units, or commit to Sherut Leumi, Israel’s National Service Corps. Many surpass national averages in college admissions, reflecting Torah values while influencing various sectors of Israeli society, economics, academia, and more.