It is unfortunate that sometimes politics and bureaucracy can get in the way of so much in Israel.
Two years ago when the residents of Shirat Hayam in Gush Katif (a town I visited at the time) were forced to leave their homes and communities, they were promised by the government that their community would be able to stay together and build anew elsewhere.
The government and the community even agreed on a location, Maskiot in the Jordan Valley. A site founded by the IDF Nachal Brigade.
However, for the past 2 years, this community has been bounced around like ping pong balls, as the bureaucrats and government, well, act like Israeli bureaucrats with the lives of these people.
Rosh Hashana is approaching. This community has been through so much, and now they find yet another obstacle in their way.
They have no shul to pray in on Rosh Hashanah!
Their needs are small and simple.
They need a caravan where they can sit together in and pray.
A caravan costs $33,000. A sum this community no longer has, as their means and livelihoods have been destroyed, and only now are they able to begin to be able to rebuild their shattered lives and community in Maskiot.
Before Rosh Hashana - Double you Mitzva.
As you buy your seat in shul, please ask your shul if they can donate a part to this community of Shirat Hayam-Maskiot.
On these Days of Judgment, as you sit in shul praying for a good year for yourselves, ask yourself, have you helped this shattered Jewish community get the same opportunity?
And you can directly donate to them any sum (tax deductable) you want. That would help them (and you) a lot.
You can find out more here, or contact their representative, Aviva Harbater at 050-874-3484 or 1-516-515-95-92.
Wherever I am, my blog turns towards Eretz Yisrael