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 Appliances needed 

In December 2021, we announced the opening of the Olim Store at CFI’s Distribution Center. The Store is serving well the new immigrants. However, the influx of Ukrainian and Russian Jews is greatly increasing the number of daily shoppers. We have a good selection of bedding, towels, and small appliances all throughout the Store. The growing need now is for larger appliances, such as microwaves, ovens, refrigerators, washers/dryers, and heaters. 

The refugees come without belongings and have nothing to set up their first home in Israel. Since so many homes need to be established, we appeal to you for help to stock larger appliances, also. 

Thank you for praying about sending funds so that we may improve the Olim Store selection items. 

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CFI and CFMDA working together to save lives

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Thank You Christian Friends of Israel for Your Donation! 

We wish to thank you for your donation to Christian Friends of Magen David Adom. Your donation enables Magen David Adom, Israel’s national rescue organization to continue serving faithfully and efficientlythe residents of Israel with our ambulance and mobile intensive care unit services; first aid training to the general public; and also providing the much-needed blood to the hospitals. Magen David Adom provides vital emergency and life-saving services anywhere and anytime, in Israel and overseas. 

Through your donation, you are helping us demonstrate to the nation of Israel the steadfast Christian support for her people. 

We thank you for your generous donation and wish you continued good health. May you be abundantly blessed. 

Elana Watson, Director of CFMDA
Anne Ayalon, President of CFMDA 

Anne Ayalon (left), Sharon Sanders (middle), and Elana Watson (right)

 Elana Watson and Anne Ayalon, the leadership of  Christian Friends of Magen David Adom, visited  CFI Headquarters to thank Sharon Sanders for the  new Medi-cycle for Israel’s first responders. 

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 A few years ago, CFI joined Christian Friends of Magen David Adom (Israel’s Red Cross) to help to save lives due to road accidents and terror attacks. Soon, the first medical motor cycle was donated with funds provided by CFI-USA. In late 2021, the newest Medi-cycle joined the fleet. 

MDA motorcycle, nicknamed “Medi-cycle,” can maneuver quickly through traffic to give immediate medical services with a complete kit of EMT medical supplies, as well as a defibrillator, a birthing kit, and the appropriate protective clothing for the First Responder. 

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 Your love for Israel made this life-saving gift possible 

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Medi-cycle called for help

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Jerusalem Gateway Neighborhood

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 Future plans for the Jerusalem Distribution Center 

Located at the western entrance to the city near a new high-speed intercity railway station, the Jerusalem Gateway Commercial Center project will include 20 towers built over 55 acres of space in the coming years. The multibillion-dollar plan includes office blocks, hotels, commercial and cultural areas, housing, and a variety of sustainable public transit options. To make room for the new quarter, traffic will be moved underground into a 250-meter-long Shazar Tunnel. 

The hope is not only that it will transform Jerusalem into a beacon for innovation, but also that it will stem the negative migration rates. In fact, 20,000 residents moved out of Jerusalem in 2019 alone. 

Therefore, in the next few years, the CFI properties housing the Distribution Center will be demolished, and a new high-rise office building will be erected as part of the Gateway to Jerusalem Project. Since CFI’s founder Ray Sanders purchased the property in 1990 for a small amount of money, today it is yielding a new ministry building for CFI’s future. 

God has been the Faithful One for this pioneer ministry in the Land of Israel. All the Glory goes to Him alone. He has seen us through the years of development and laying of the foundation. He has helped us to bear much good fruit in the Land, and helped to make a difference in Jewish-Christian relations as a prophetic plow, bringing the blessings and applying the healing balm of the Lord everywhere we go. We have seen GOD fulfill His Word through CFI over and over again. 

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 Since 1990, hundreds of thousands of new immigrants have passed through CFI’s Distribution Center. The Center has welcomed immigrants, assisting them as they adjust to their new life in Israel. For decades, CFI gave out used clothing. Today, CFI’s clothing vouchers allow immigrants to purchase new clothing for their needs in the local shops and malls. 

Ethiopians participate in the beginners’ computer class

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Prayer Focus

Bennett’s Knesset surprise 

In April 2022, Prime Minister Naftali Bennet lost the Knesset majority as the coalition chairwoman, Idit Silman, resigned without prior notice to the PM. Bennett needs a minimum of 61-60 seats to hold power. The coalition is now at 60-60 tie. It was announced that Bennett’s government will continue until the March 2023 new elections. Also, news reports revealed that former PM Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed Silman “back home” to the Likud Party (nationalist camp). 

High-cost rental apartments 

The average cost of an apartment rental in Israel is from $1,000 – $2,000 a month. The Israeli Cabinet approved in April a rent relief for the Ukrainian refugees, from $715 to $1,050, which aid depends on the number of children. Other Ukrainian refugees who are not eligible for Israeli citizenship will not be entitled to this assistance. 

Ramadan rocket fire 

A Palestinian terrorist faction fired a rocket over the Lebanon border into Israel during the Islamic Ramadan holiday in late April. No damage was reported, however, IDF fired shells at the Lebanese target. The incident came amid rising tension due to a renewed rocket fire also from Gaza toward Israel, and clashes at the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount. 

Visits only, no prayers 

“Israel is committed to the status quo on the Temple Mount,” said Lapid, in a briefing to foreign journalists in April. “Muslims pray on the Temple Mount, non-Muslims only visit. There is no change, there will be no change” (TOI news). 

Continue praying 

“For the Lord will guard your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forever “  (Ps 121:8, NAS). 

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The Center now houses CFI’s Olin Store for new immigrants and the Ethiopian Learning Center. Our inaugural class was a great success with the help of leaders from the community. We were able to connect with them in both Tel Aviv and in Jerusalem. Because of your generosity, we purchased PCs and other needed equipment for the class. These classes are critically important as they help single mothers to raise their children in an environment of dignity and to prepare them for success in life. 

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Shopping in the Olim Store

 New immigrants from countries such as Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Peru, Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Venezuela have shopped in our Olim Store. They all have been thankful and appreciative. 

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New immigrants selecting items
and carrying them home

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 Looking back, we can only say how grateful we are to everyone who prayed for both projects, took time to encourage us, and blessed us with financial support. We are now making a more significant impact in the Land of Israel than ever before. We are grateful to God for you. (References: For Zion’s Sake Online Magazine, 1stQ2022) 

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 Emergency call continues 

Israel is working hard to accommodate the coming  Ukrainian refugees. The Ministry of Absorption has placed them in hotels for a month. After that, the refugees must find other places to live. Ministries like CFI are critical this time to assist them with urgent personal needs. Each of our relief packages costs $250. If you would like to be part of the outreach, please reply to this mailing or visit us at  www.cfi-usa.org to donate. 

 We bless you for recognizing the needs and sending your support today! Psalm 125:15. 

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Refugees from Ukraine arriving in Tel Aviv

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CFI assistance ready for the refugees

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 Outreach to Ukrainian Jews 

 Your concern and giving were in action during the recent outreach to the Jewish refugees from Ukraine. CFI was given permission to visit the refugees and bring them relief packages. The events took place first at the hotel parking lots. Without you, we would not have been ready for such a sudden operation. 

As more refugees arrive, the word about our Jerusalem Distribution Center is circulating among them. They currently arrive in the Center to receive assistance. Now also, other Jerusalem ministries are helping with several needs; however, Christian Friends of Israel was the very first organization to reach out to the refugees. We sincerely thank you! 

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CFI Jerusalem outreach team unloading the packages

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 Prayer Needs

Historic immigration 

We are witnessing today a major aliyah, the arrival of immigrants in Israel. Ukraine may not be the only 

country contributing to this wave this year. News already reports of numerous people leaving Russia. If the Russian aggression is not stopped, the Jewish people from the Baltic and other European countries may join in. 

Coming global food insecurity 

Ukraine is known as the breadbasket of the world and the fifth-largest importer of wheat. The war in Ukraine has taken this year’s planting season. As grain prices skyrocket, many poor countries already fear food insecurity, even famine. 

Terrorism returns 

In late March 2022, terrorist attacks in central Israel took the lives of eleven people, making the month the deadliest in several years. Two of the victims were guest workers from Ukraine. 

Pray for peace 

“May peace be within your walls, and prosperity within your palaces. For the sake of my brothers and my friends, I will now say, ‘May peace be within you’” (Psalm 122:78). 

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 Meeting refugees (left) and your blessings in packages to be carried home (right). Photos by Tommie Coleman, CFI Jerusalem 

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 Golda Meir, Kyiv’s own daughter 

When Golda Mabovitch was born in 1898 in Kyiv, in the Kyiv Governorate in the Russian Empire, anti-Semitic pogroms were commonplace in her town. In her autobiography, Golda wrote that her earliest memories included her father boarding up the front door in response to rumors of an imminent pogrom. During those years, many Jews were wounded, Jewish property was damaged, and hundreds of families were financially ruined. Until the 1917 Russian revolution, the city became notorious for police “hunt attacks” on illegal Jews. Despite all this, the Jewish population grew from 50,000 in 1910 to over 81,000 in 1913, and probably, even more, evaded the census. 

Golda’s father left for New York in 1903 to find work, and two years later, he moved to Milwaukee, WI for a better-paying job. A few years later, the Mabovitch family was united in Milwaukee. Golda’s first contact with Zionism came in the years when she lived with her sister Sheyna’s family in Denver, CO, where young people met for conversations about trade unionism, literature, women’s suffrage, and more. 

After she married Morris Meyerson, the couple moved to the British Mandate of Palestine, where they joined kibbutz Merhavia in the Jezreel Valley. Their life was full of manual labor until the kibbutz chose Golda as a representative to the General Federation of Labor, the Histadrut. In 1938, Golda was the Jewish observer from Palestine at the Evian Conference, which was called by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to discuss the question of Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi persecution in Europe. 

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Prime Minister Golda Meir in the White House in March 1973 with President Richard Nixon (middle) and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (right)

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 Golda was one of 24 signatories of the Israeli Declaration of Independence on May 14, 1948. In the following year, she was appointed Ambassador to the Soviet Union. At the time, good relations with the Soviets were important for Israel to secure arms from the Eastern European countries. In 1949, Golda was elected to the Knesset, serving as Minister of Labor. 

In January 1966, Golda retired from the Foreign Ministry, citing ill health. After Levi Eshkol’s sudden death in February 1969, the party elected Golda as his successor, and in March 1969, she began serving as Prime Minister until summer 1974. Known as Golda Meir, she was the first female and the fourth prime minister of Israel. 

During Golda’s years in politics, she was involved in navigating several domestic and international crises. She met with world leaders, was injured when a bomb was thrown into a Knesset chamber, praised the work of Pope Pius XII, fought for the Jews to leave the Soviet Union in the 1970s, and appealed to the world to condemn the Munich massacre of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Summer Olympics. 

In the days leading to the Yom Kippur War in October 1973, Israeli intelligence could not determine that an attack on Israel was imminent. They assured Golda that the situation did not cause an alarm, so she did not mobilize Israel’s forces for a pre-emptive strike. Following the Yom Kippur War, the government was plagued by infighting and questions over Israel’s lack of preparation for the war. In June 1974, Golda Meir resigned from the Knesset and never returned to politics. (Used online resources) 

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Golda Meir Memorial Plaque on the building where she was born in Kyiv.

 The war in Ukraine has made Golda Meir, their own daughter, is famous among the people as they apply Golda’s saying to their current situation: “If the Russians lay down their weapons, there would be no more fighting. If the Ukrainians  lay down their weapons, there  would be no more Ukraine.” 

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Amphitheater of the MOTJ

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 For people who changed the world through tolerance and peace 

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 Over the last 3,500 years, few construction projects in the city have caused as much curiosity or controversy as this project. Set for completion in the summer of 2023, the Museum of Tolerance Jerusalem is a project of the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal center and museum. Its expansive 1,000-seat open-air amphitheater, theaters, a synagogue, cafes, a Grand Hall, and large communal spaces form a vibrant cultural center that serves visitors of all ages from throughout the region and the world. 

The story of the museum began in 1993 when then-Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek visited Los Angeles. He fell in love with the Los Angeles Museum of Tolerance and invited its founder and dean Rabbi Marvin Hier to build something similar in Jerusalem. When Ehud Olmert replaced Teddy Kollek, the city allocated the current lot to the Wiesenthal Center. 

The design is based on Abraham’s tent being open on all sides and welcoming all populationsreligious and secular; Jewish, Muslim, Christian, and others. The outdoor amphitheater is flanked by a Second Temple aqueduct at its base. It was discovered two decades ago when the cultural center’s foundations were laid. Inside, the center spans four floors with a central staircase flowing through the middle and a skylight that displays colored beams at night. In two lower levels, there is the Children’s Museum, which tells the biblical story of Moses; children’s classrooms; a 150-seat theater; and a small police station that provides the center’s security. (Website: www.museumoftolerancejerusalem.com) 

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 One side of the diamond-shaped building’s exterior is composed of limestone imported from Portugal. The stones change shades according to the angle of the sun and are treated to repel graffiti. The side facing the Old City boasts the longest glass façade in the Middle East. The MOTJ opened in 2019, and it has hosted a few high-profile events. However, visitors are encouraged to come in summer 2023 when the project is scheduled to be completed. 

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The location of the Museum of Tolerance Jerusalem

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Emergency Assistance 

Ukrainian Jewish refugees are arriving in Israel. Among the first hundreds of new immigrants were 140 orphan children. They flee the war exhausted, traumatized, and emotionally drained. The refugees come with very few personal belonging, so they need help. We are preparing to assist them with the most urgent needs, such as blankets, bedding, sleeping bags, First Aid kits, solar lanterns, water, food coupons, and hygiene/sanitary kits. In Jerusalem, CFI delivers relief parcels to the new Ukrainian immigrants. We are now asking for your help! Each relief parcel costs $250. You may respond to this mailing, or make an online donation at www.cfi-usa.org – 

Project Ukrainian Jews. Thank you for your support in this time of emergency. 

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 Ukrainian Jewish refugees traveling via Poland (top), and rescued Jewish orphans on the way to Israel (bottom) 

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 A historic fulfillment of prophecy? 

 Over the last 150 years, the Jewish people have been coming home to Israel. They have been encouraged to leave their host countries by Jewish leaders, such as Theodor Hetzl in the 1890s, by Christian leaders for one hundred years, and for the past seventy years, by the existence of their own state, the State of Israel. 

Each significant aliyah came into being by one of the existing factors: wanting to be part of a historic fulfillment of prophecy, or having been uprooted from their home countries by wars, conflicts, and other political circumstances. Anti-Semitism has always been a factor, but in recent years it may have been the deciding factor in people making aliyah. 

After Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, some 19,000 Ukrainian Jews have made aliyah according to the Jewish Agency and the Ministry of Absorption. Although the influx has subsided somewhat, a number of Ukrainian Jews have arrived every month. Today, about 500,000 of Israel’s population of 10.5 million people have Ukrainian origin. 

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The marching band displays Ukraine’s yellow-blue flag colors

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ukrainian Jews in Israel demonstrate against the war

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Wall of Prayer needed 

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 These people have lost everything” 

A team of 40 medical personnel from Israel has arrived with tons of aid to provide care for the Ukrainian refugees in three field hospitals on the Moldovan side of the border. The medical team on their way to Moldova 

The medical team on their way to Moldova

Intercession for the leaders 

“O Israel, hope in the Lord; for with the Lord there is lovingkindness, and with Him is abundant redemption (Psalm 130:7). 

Prayer for the believers’ communities 

“How blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways” (Psalm 128:1). 

Prayer for Aliyah 

“When the Lord brought back the captive ones of  Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our the mouth was filled with laughter and our tongue with joyful shouting” (Psalm 126:1-2). 

Prayer for peace 

“The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun will not smite you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will protect you from all evil, He will keep your soul. The  Lord will guard you’re going out and you’re coming in from this time forth and forever” (Psalm 121:5-8). 

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 Ukraine under Russian attack 

In 2014, we wrote about the previous major Russian invasion of Ukraine. It was the most southern island of Crimea that was cut off from the mainland. During the past eight years, Russia has taken over additional areas of Luhansk and Donetsk in the eastern part of Ukraine. Then on February 21, 2022, Russia recognized these two peoples’ republics as independent states. 

The newest Russian War on Ukraine began on February 24, 2022. By the end of March, over 3.7 million Ukrainians had already fled to neighboring countries, mainly Poland, Hungary, and Moldova. Many estimate the Ukrainian refugees to reach 5.0 million people who are forced to find safety in other European countries. If Russia continues its invasion campaign, 2022 may see the refugee numbers double. 

As the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy (44), called 18-60-year-old men to remain in the country to fight, women and children have made the long and challenging journey out of Ukraine, often under the enemy fire. Recently, also Scandinavian countries, such as Denmark, have allowed volunteers (soldiers) to join the Ukrainian army. 

Some 100,000 Jews in Ukraine are eligible to immigrate under Israel’s Law of Return. The Jewish Agency, who is overseeing immigration to Israel (aliyah), is working to facilitate an expected large wave of Jewish immigrants. 

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A crowded temporary camp at the Ukraine- Poland border, where the refugees have to wait for days to continue.  Camps like this were not set up to offer shelter, food, or water.

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 Israel’s Immigration and Absorption minister, Pnina Tamano-Shata, has confirmed that Israel is ready to accept thousands of Jewish immigrants from Ukraine. To assist the Jews currently in refugee camps in Poland and Hungary, Israel has sent hundreds of tons of aid, including medicine and medical equipment, water, food, and tents. From Europe, Romania has pledged millions of dollars to care for the wounded in military and civilian hospitals. Other countries have sent military equipment and financial support. One of the reasons Russia began the war was to force Ukraine to stay out of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization). Currently, NATO has  30 members, 27 in Europe, two in North America (Canada and the U.S.), and one in Eurasia (Turkey). The U.S. has troops now in Poland, Latvia Romania, and Lithuania as a part of the multi-national battlegroups. (TOI and other online posts) 

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Danish soldiers arrive in Ukraine

A Ukrainian mother hugging her two children in Poland. She had trusted the children into the care of an unknown Polish couple to look after them until she was allowed to cross the border.

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