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100 Child Victims of Gaza Terror Attacks to Participate in Jewish Agency Passover Camp

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A Be'er Sheva classroom destroyed by Grad rocket fired from Gaza, December 31, 2008. Avi Ohayon GPO

The Jewish Agency for Israel will hold a special Passover camp experience for about a hundred children from southern Israel who have suffered as victims of rocket fire from Gaza.

In a statement, on Monday, the Jewish Agency said the program will be run by its Fund for Victims of Terror and funded by contributions from the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and private donors.

During the camp experience, the children will participate in field trips, sport challenges, archaeological programs, therapeutic sessions in nature, team-building experiences, and leadership development programs.

The children will be under the care of teenage counselors, including Rami, a teenager from the predominantly Bedouin town of Rahat, whose family members were also hurt by rocket fire from Gaza.

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“It is important to me to help others integrate into the larger group and its activities, and to see them return from the camp with happy memories,” he said. Rami will be responsible for a group of Arabic-speaking children who will be participating in the camp experience.

The Jewish Agency’s Fund for Victims of Terror is funded by contributions from the Jewish Federations of North America, individual Jewish Federations, philanthropic foundations, and donors from around the world. It raises money to provide immediate and supplemental assistance to terror victims and their families.

The Fund has provided tens of millions of shekels of assistance to thousands of families since its establishment. The Jewish Agency provides immediate financial assistance in the wake of rocket attacks and other terror incidents, in order to enable terror victims to address their most urgent needs. The Fund for Victims of Terror works closely with the Israel Ministry of Defense and the National Insurance Institute.

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