12 Feb L’Chaim to the Ethiopian Jews of Tzfat
How every beer and bottle of wine drunk at Livnot helps provide for the Ethiopian Jews of Tzfat
Last week our Northern Exposure chevre spent the day collecting old bottles that people had thrown out. A great thing to clean up the environment for sure, over 1500 bottles were collected that day. Thanks to our chevre collecting these bottles, a school student could get some extra help, a talented girl in the 5th grade can take violin lessons, two girls celebrated a bat-mitzvah, and the school fees were subsidised for a young man who went on to be awarded an outstanding soldier certificate. This is just a few examples of the work done by The Committee for Ethiopian Jews in Safed. Since the 1980s, tens of thousands of Jews were rescued from Ethiopia. Others relived the Exodus, walking across scorching desert and through some of the most dangerous parts of the world to reach their promised land. Tzfat has been a place that many members of this community call home. Once home to nine Ethiopian absorption centres, welcoming these new immigrants has always been a key focus of community service at Livnot, and amongst our chevre and donors. Yoshua and Hilary Sivan, a Livnot host family for decades, have also played a key role in absorbing Ethiopian immigrants into the Tzfat community. The work of the Committee, and their dedicated fundraising efforts, have provided support to hundreds of the neediest families. The money raised goes to providing home reparis, paying school and professional training fees, bar/bat mitzvah costs and dental treatments and medicines not already covered by the State. Apart from the subsidies, the Committee also provides interest-free loans. Last year, the Committee raised over $7,000 from collecting and recycling bottles, around a quarter of the Committee’s total income. Every bottle and can drank, collected and recycled helps the Committee ensure those who need the most support can get it, and be fully engaged in life in a wonderful life in Israel for generations to come. L’Chaim!