“Emunah it is normally translated as faith, but it does not mean faith. What it means is faithfulness, loyalty, not walking away when times are tough. It means being steadfast in our loyalty to our people and our land, the home of all our hopes, the place where long ago the Jewish people was born, and where, within living memory, it has been reborn.”
— Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks
On MTA, our group spend much of their year learning for themselves. From time to time, we give them the opportunity to contribute to those around them too, in what can be some of the most important weeks of the MTA year.
For the past two weeks, the MTA girls have been volunteering in Bnei Brak and Pardes Chana, at two of Emunah's residential homes for children who come from dysfunctional families, families where the parents are suffering mental illness, or situations where the children have been abused, neglected and abandoned.
The children are brought to the homes to help them overcome their past, and move on to a bright and productive future. Through a warm, stable environment, unconditional love, and intensive therapy, Emunah has achieved tremendous success in turning around the lives of these children.
MTA have helped to give the children hope for a brighter future. We are sure that the connections made will be lasting ones - and as you can see from the photos below, the experience was as uplifting for MTA as it was for the children.
If you would like to find out more about the centres, visit http://www.achuzatsara.org.il/en/
This week, MTA are doing their bit for the Israeli army, as volunteers on the Sarel programme which supports the work of the Israel Defence Forces. The programme is specially made for non-Israeli volunteers who can give their time for a week to work on an army base. Work can include cleaning guns, packing sand-bags and digging bunkers. Although the work may sometimes seem menial, their efforts are vital in allowing soldiers to focus their time on where their skills are needed. I hope to be able to send you photos next time.
Bevirkat Chaverim LeTorah Va'Avodah,