(Courtesy of One Israel Fund) Many things have changed in the past 25 years, but one thing has not: One Israel Fund’s mission. For the past quarter-century, One Israel Fund has worked tirelessly on behalf of the residents of Judea and Samaria. These regions are comprised of an extraordinary collection of people, over 460,000+ residents who are wholly dedicated to life in their biblical heartland. But these extraordinary people deserve ordinary lives, furnished with the integral services that the rest of the country is privy to—such as security, healthcare and education. Since these communities do not receive much, if any, support from most of the major Jewish philanthropic organizations, One Israel Fund was created to fulfill these needs.
Founded in 1994, One Israel Fund has long been the premier organization providing support to the residents of Judea and Samaria. As these areas face unique challenges and blessings, One Israel Fund meets its evolving needs with critical humanitarian aid and assistance. By working in tandem with communal and regional leadership as well as most governmental agencies, One Israel Fund fills the gaps in medical, social welfare, recreational, religious and preventive security services that are conspicuously lacking in these areas.
To date, One Israel Fund has invested over $65 million to cement the infrastructure and secure the safety of these communities. By supplying security systems, training medical professionals, providing medical facilities and equipment, building integral community fixtures, and facilitating countless initiatives, these areas continue to flourish and prosper at an inspiring rate.
On Sunday, February 9, One Israel Fund will celebrate the extraordinary people behind its work. Dr. Emma Laskin-Baum and Bart Baum will be recognized for their wholehearted devotion to One Israel Fund’s mission and services as this year’s Guests of Honor. Amichai Lourie, a devoted friend of One Israel Fund and the winemaker at the award-winning Shiloh Winery, will be honored with the Boneh Yisrael Award, and Rebekah and Gabriel Boxer will be honored with the Keter Shem Tov Award. The Grob, Oppenheimer and Pollack families are accepting the Dor L’dor Award in memory of their parents and grandparents, Gloria and Morris Grob ע״ה. Additionally, 11th graders at SKA Halb HS for Girls—Hannah Lewin, Talia Loskowve, Molly Sigman, Isabellla Weisfeld, and Arielle Yarmish—will be recognized for their support with the Yedid Yesha Award. The collective support of our incredible honorees has changed the lives of thousands, and their dedication to the residents of Judea and Samaria is truly unparalleled.