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Letter From Sondra – February 2019

A few weeks ago, I personally visited some of the communities in Samaria, to get an update on their needs and to gain a first-hand perspective on how your support has helped them.  It was a wonderful opportunity to drive through the mountains I love and visit with the leaders and ordinary residents that represent the heartbeat of this land.

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Letter From Sondra – January 2019

As I look forward to this new year, I am excited about some of the new projects and ideas that we have begun.  We are reaching out to new audiences each day, as we are preparing to launch new initiatives in social media. 

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What made Caleb different?

So whatever situation you are facing today, know that your God is bigger than any giant you are facing, any mountain standing in front of you. I have often heard it said: “Don’t talk to God about how big your mountain is; talk to your mountain about how big your God is.” So I have to ask myself, what made Caleb different? Why didn’t he go with the majority? Why did he see the situation differently than the others?

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Reflections on Tu B’Shvat

Next week is Tu B’Shvat, the “New Year of the Trees”.  It is day where we celebrate the fruit of our trees and children and adults alike take the time on that day to go out and plant trees.  Israel is the only country in the world that had more trees at the end of the 20th century than it did at the beginning, and that is because planting trees has been a key Zionist enterprise, long before it became ecologically popular.

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Nieuws uit het Heartland – January 2019

Beste  vriend, Ik hoop dat u genoten heeft van alle feestelijkheden rond Nieuwjaar. Moge dit nieuwe jaar alleen maar het beste voor u en uw gezin brengen en moge u de zegeningen ontvangen die alleen G-d u kan schenken. Als ik vooruitblik op dit nieuwe jaar, dan wordt ik enthousiast over sommige van de nieuwe […]

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Neuigkeiten aus dem Kernland – January 2019

lieber Freund, Ich hoffe, Sie haben Ihre Neujahrsfeierlichkeiten genossen. Möge dieses neue Jahr nur das Beste für Sie und Ihre Familie mit sich bringen und mögen Sie den Segen empfangen, den nur Gott geben kann. Während ich mich auf dieses neue Jahr freue, bin ich gespannt auf einige der neuen Projekte und Ideen, die wir […]

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The Day After Netanyahu

Just two months ago, I wrote about elections that took place in the US and in Israel — national elections in the US and municipal elections in Israel.  And now Israel has entered its own national elections season.  But in Israel, there is always drama surrounding elections.

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Winter 2019

In a remote grove in the hills of Gush Etzion there is a little cafe built by the students and teachers of the Sadna program for special-needs children and young adults in the community of Gvaot.

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The Reason For The Season

I know for many who love Israel and follow the Hebraic roots of our faith, whether or not to celebrate Christmas can be a real struggle.  And I usually get some chastising notes and emails from well-meaning folks who are aghast that I allow a pagan Christmas tree in my home, when I should know better!  So I will apologize in advance if talking about Christmas or saying “Merry Christmas” is offensive to you.

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The Brave Heroes of Rechalim

During the past six months, ever since I started working at CFOIC Heartland, I have met extraordinary people and visited amazing communities. It has been a true pleasure and an eye- opening experience for me to play a part in the wonderful relationship that has been created between our Christian friends and the people of Judea and Samaria. As a resident of Samaria for the past four years, I feel blessed to be able to live my life, build a home and raise my children in this very special area of our beautiful country.

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