During the recent war in Gaza, when thousands of Hizbullah rockets rained down on Israel, the founder of Yad Ezra V’Shulamit personally went with our brave volunteers and delivered 80 tons of food, water, groceries and other necessities to residents trapped in bomb shelters. Despite the danger, our trucks braved the bombs and traveled weekly to hard-hit cities like Sderot, Netivot, Ofakim, Ashdod and Ashkelon often providing the only food for beleaguered residents.
In the Lebanon War in previous years, 500,000 Israelis fled the north for safety. Yad Ezra V’Shulamit helped them as well, providing daily hot meals for 1,000 refugees in Jerusalem. We also organized a two- week summer camp, complete with games, sports, performers and treats, to keep refugee children busy and happy.
In January 2009, Yad Ezra V’Shulamit took 25 tons of food each week for five consecutive weeks to the beleaguered cities of Sderot, Ofakim, Beersheva, Netivot, Ashdod and Ashkelon during the Operation Cast Lead in Gaza. Aryeh Lurie went from bomb shelter to bomb shelter himself, handing out food to Jewish families trapped with no access to food.
In May 2007, Yad Ezra V’Shulamit volunteers again braved rocket attacks – this time Hamas rockets launched against the southern Israeli city of Sderot. Our convoy brought more than five tons of fresh food and produce, 65 cartons of chickens and 500 pairs of shoes to Sderot’s neediest.
In war and peace, Yad Ezra V’Shulamit is on the front line battling hunger and poverty in Israel.