As we approach the New Year and the high holidays we wanted to send our dear friends this message. First of all we want to thank all of you for standing behind us. We want to bless you all with a very special New Year that will bring you all happiness, health, and prosperity in all your endeavors. May Hashem watch over you and bless you and your families with peace and tranquility.
At this very special time we want to remind you all about who we are and what we are doing and what our mission is.
The Friends of Itamar, a nonprofit 501c3 was established in 2007 in order to strengthen and enhance the community of Itamar through a wide range of projects including social enrichment, building and development and educational operations which include hasbara to the many groups of Israelis and tourists from abroad who come to learn about the history of this part of Israel, the very center, and its strategic significance, being situated in the very heart of biblical Israel. The people that come here learn advocacy first hand from the people that live in Itamar, in a place so vital and with such self -sacrifice. We work very hard to reach out to the nations (also non- Jews) as it is our job to be a lighthouse to the entire world.
Itamar has suffered from horrific massacres at the hands of Islamic terrorists that left 22 people murdered, the last incident being the Fogel family in 2011.
It goes without saying that our organization strives to not only maintain and sustain but to continue to carry the torch of ideals in holding on to this precious land, the legacy of the Jewish people where ever they may be throughout the world. We have been blessed to see the land turn from grey to green here on our rolling hills and our name is regarded as the vanguard of productivity offering Israelis a wide range of organic products. But it is literally with our finger nails that we are able to keep the land in our hands and maintain a continuous connection of Jewish presence from the Jordan Valley to the coastal region.
Our goal is to strengthen and fortify all of Israel by reinforcing this area, a vital and large chunk of land and making it grow, right here in the heart of Israel, not an hours distance from Jerusalem and Tel Aviv!
At the present, we have just completed subsidizing summer camp for our children, many of whom suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder not to mention widows and orphans… We are in completion stage of our permanent synagogue which we hope to finish by Hanukah ( if we can raise the money) and have just began breaking ground for a new campus for our High School, Chitzim which needs assistance in building a new study hall, dorms and a kitchen. This school houses 250 students from all over Israel who then graduate and serve in the most elite units of the IDF.
These are some of the major projects going on right now, not to mention the many smaller projects as well. A wonderful now idea was presented to us about setting up a fund for a gmach for brides here, awesome!
Please feel free to contact us at any time and make sure to visit us when you are in town. Looking forward to hearing from you soon! Shana Tova U’metukah- remember- without your support- we CANNOT continue!
Shalom U’vracha! Rabbi Moshe and Leah Goldsmith
All donations are tax deductible.
You can donate through paypal or directly to the address below.
Donations should be made out to:
Friends of Itamar
and sent to:
Friends of Itamar
Attn. Lester Goldsmith
1483 East 34th Street
Brooklyn NY 11234