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ACHI - A RAY OF HOPE

High commendations to all the organizations, schools, synagogues, camps and communities involved in supporting Israel in America through fairs, programs and initiatives promoting the purchases of Israel products and services. It is almost obvious that we Americans should spontaneously recognize that buying Israeli goods is the least we can do in supporting and encouraging our brethren who reside in Israel. Amidst the feelings we all share of pain, suffering and outrage of random terrorist acts perpetrated on our fellow Jews in Israel for the last three years, it is enlightening to hear about initiatives to support Israel both on an emotional and economic level within our communities.

Similarly, The ACHI organization - American Communities Helping Israel - recently expanded to include a youth enhancement program using the same acronym - American Children Helping Israel and American Camps Helping Israel How interesting! American Children/Camps Helping Israel has established Israel Snack Day for all Jewish schools and camps in the USA. Each school will choose one day a week to be its Israel Snack Day - a day when all students will have a snack produced and imported from Israel. Camps and schools that have snack bars and canteens will offer a variety of snacks for the children to purchase. The program has three goals: to help Israel’s economy by increasing consumption of Israeli goods; to teach the new young generation of students the importance of helping their brothers (ACHI - my brother) and sisters in Israel; and to promote a feeling of unity - “ACHDUT” amongst all Jews. The slogan of “What did you do for Israel today?” that the ACHI organization has adopted, is certainly a pervasive positive attitude we can all participate in our everyday lives and routine. After all, how difficult can it be to commit to buying only snacks imported from Israel on “Israel Snack Day” or at your canteen within the school setting? Enjoying delectable Israel products, including fruits, munchy snacks, cookies, and teas seems palatable for all to enjoy while doing a good deed at the same time. The ACHI team is now reaching out to all schools including Hebrew schools, Yeshivot, Nursery Schools, and Jewish colleges and Camps to participate in this easy, worthwhile project. Certainly the message to our youth and students is that everyone is instrumental in making the difference!!!

The ray of hope, enthusiasm, and endeavors that are sparked by the varied projects promoted by ACHI is truly a solid motivator to be proactive and involved in Israel. With the efforts of ACHI leaders and its concern for the welfare of our IDF soldiers, we learn to deal with our feelings of helplessness through worthwhile projects. Uniting to boost the morale of Jews all over the world is our shining light in the midst of dark turmoil. Kudos to the organizers of ACHI - Suzanne Weilgus, Gloria Gordon, and Rochelle Zupnik who have worked tirelessly to put this endeavor together - they are truly an inspiration to all of K’Lal Yisrael!

Schools and Camps interested in participating in the program should contact the ACHI office at (845) 426-3280. Also, useful information about the organization can be obtained on the website at www.achi613.org with E-mail at ACHCHI613@yahoo.com. All are welcome to join in this great effort!


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