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American Friends of Maccabee
Institute Foundation
4512 Gridley Road
Silver Spring, Maryland 20906
U.S.A.
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info@maccabeeinstitute.org

Donations to The American Friends of Maccabee Institute are exempt from U.S. Federal Income Tax as described in the I.R.S. 501(C)(3)
Tax Exemption No. 133673810

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MACCABEE INSTITUTE PROJECTS & SERVICES:

Moshav Carlebach -  Mevo Modi'im Tour

Sephardic Synagogue in Kochav Yaakov

Maccabee House

Big Brother Big Sister Project

SPECIAL PROJECT: Maccabee Adopts Girls School

Dr. Sheldon and Connie Abramson Department of Oral Medicine and Research

Programs for the physically challenged

Home Visitation Project

Laundry Service

Food/Clothing Distribution

SPA (Single Parent Assistance) Program

Aid to Terror Victims

Educational Outreach Program

Job Placement Program

 

Sephardic Synagogue in Kochav Yaakov

The community of Kochav Yaakov was established in 1984 by a core group of Sepharadi families who weathered the heat and windy cold in tents on a barren mountaintop 10 kilometers north of Jerusalem (6 miles and 2 as the crow flies). Kochav Yaakov today consists of close to 400 families from a wide spectrum of religious and ethnic backgrounds, yet embraces a true feeling of ahavat Yisrael. Kochav Yaakov is the only Sepharadi yishuv in Judea and Samaria.

In this special community, both Charedi-dati-leumi and Knitted Kippah families live side by side, complimenting each other in harmony! Kochav Yaakov has a half a dozen minyanim: Sepharadi, Ashkenazi, Teimani (Yemenite) and other smaller minyanim including Neytz-Vatikin. In the spirit of ahavat Yisrael, we are building a synagogue which will act as an umbrella to bring our many minyanim under one roof, with a large hall connecting the different sanctuaries where all the worshippers will congregate and meld as one community.

The people of Kochav Yaakov, made up of Jews from numerous nations of the world, all live together in harmony. We are excited for you to learn more about this special and warm community, and invite you to partner with us in the great mitzvah of completing our synagogue, built for the glory of G-d, in the Holy Land of Israel.

Please click here for more information on dedication opportunities (pdf file) that may touch your heart, and know that you are not only building a synagogue, but helping to secure the future survival of the Jewish people in Eretz Yisrael.

"From Zion the Torah will come forth, and the word of HaShem from Jerusalem"
(Isaiah 2:3)

CLICK HERE TO SEE CURRENT PHOTOS OF SYNAGOGUE CONSTRUCTION (pdf file)

Click here to see Rabbinic approvals for this project.


Maccabee House

“Greater is the hospitality awarded a guest than the receiving of the Divine Presence”

“All who are hungry let them come and eat. All who are needy let them enter and partake of the Passover feast with us”.

Why do we distinguish between those who are hungry, “dichfin”, and those who are needy, “ditzrich”? Are not the needy hungry? Perhaps the answer is that hunger means not only lack of edible nourishment but also a need for human companionship and concern? The abandonment of the lonely and homeless, as well as of the aged is one of contemporary society’s greatest problems. People in need are pressured and spiritually confused. The lonely and elderly have fallen beneath the wheels of an increasingly demanding and abrasive society.

The Maccabee House offers these people an opportunity to be a part of the love of Am Yisrael, to eat a nourishing meal, and to warm the bodies and souls in order to enable them an another step in improving their lives. All of us need food - for the body and for the soul.

The Maccabee House provides both in abundance. Let anyone who is in need of food, shelter, clothing and companionship who have become estranged from our rooted tradition: Come in and be reunited with their people, with their selves and with their heritage.

“And if he cries to me I will hear, for I am compassionate.” (Shemot-Exodus 22;27)

The Maccabee House needs your help to continue... For 250,000 USD you can sponsor this life saving shelter.

* A detailed budget for this project can be supplied upon request.

All Jews are responsible for each other!

Give us the help we need to do God’s will and extend assistance to those who need it.


Big Brother Big Sister Project

Volunteers "adopt" a youngster from a disadvantaged family for one year, during which they weave a web of friendship and support. The volunteer meets with the child on a weekly basis and serves as a model for establishing positive study habits and behavior. The child is treated to nature hikes and other sports and extracurricular activities both by the big brother/sister as well as through the auspices of The Maccabee Institute.


SPECIAL PROJECT: Maccabee Adopts Girls School

The Tzvia Girl's High School of Kochav Yaakov is a very special school that was born out of the need for protection of the needs of our daughters from Arab terrorism and Arab attacks on the roads they would have to travel. It was also created to fill the need where religious girls could receive a very strong secular education in addition to their Jewish studies, whereby they can be accepted to any university in any field to which the would choose. Many girl's high schools only prepare their student body to be teachers; however, we feel it is necessary for our girls, our future generation, to be accepted and work in any of the technological fields available today. The school was founded upon the teachings of Rabbi Kook, the first chief rabbi of Israel, who stressed the teachings of the love of Torah, the love of Israel, and the love of our fellow human. The school was built with love and this can be witnessed by the way the teachers are looked up to by the students, and the teachers treat and nurture their students. At this time, there are approximately 125 girls studying at the school. The Tzvia Kochav Yaakov school is so successful, that we have a waiting list of hundreds more waiting to get in. We are working hard to fill the needs of these girls waiting in the wings, however, at this time, our school does not have the facilities and room to take in and educate the overflow of students. We are asking you to please partake in the mitzvah of building and educating a new generation of young Jewish women. We need your help to make a difference in the lives and the future of these young women who will be making their way in the world. Please give generously, or whatever you can and know that you have helped to change the lives of religious Jewish girls for generations to come. When visiting Israel, please call us so we can show you where your money went in the building and funding of the Tzvia School of Kochav Yaakov.




Dr. Sheldon and Connie Abramson Department of Oral Medicine and Research

We now have the privilege of expanding our services to include a Department of Oral Medicine and Research. which will further the investigation of the relationship of dentistry to general health.

We have discovered a direct relationship between dental health and many systemic diseases such as Osteoporosis, Diabetes, Arthritis and most recently, Arteriosclerosis.

We are continuing our research in these areas, as well as our present program of dental treatment for victims of terror and the disadvantaged elderly.  We provide family and cosmetic dentistry at our modern dental facility in Jerusalem.

As a result of our research, we have instituted a program for patients who have a fear of dental treatment to be helped by specially trained counselors.

We provide educational programs for the Dental profession stressing the importance of the correlation between oral health and physical well-being.


Programs for the physically challenged

The Maccabee Institute has been mainstreaming physically challenged children and adults in an array of different projects.


Home Visitation Project

Volunteers keep contact with and visit elderly, ill and physically challenged people who, for various reasons, find it difficult to leave the confines of their homes. Our staff offers companionship, runs errands, does light housework and repairs, and, whenever possible, takes their charge on day trips. These visits offer those living with and responsible for the elderly and handicapped the cherished hours needed for themselves.
Visits are also made to old age homes by single volunteers as well as by groups to enhance the Sabbath and holiday atmosphere.


Laundry Service

This service provides essential items to needy families, including food, clothing, furniture and appliances. The project is run by volunteers who collect the articles and deliver them to the disadvantaged families.


Food/Clothing Distribution

This service provides essential items to needy families, including food, clothing, furniture and appliances. The project is run by volunteers who collect the articles and deliver them to the disadvantaged families.


SPA (Single Parent Assistance) Program

Food and clothing packages are delivered to these families, some of which have several children and live in poverty. Family counseling is offered as is job placement and babysitting services to enable the parent to earn a livelihood for the family.


Aid to Terror Victims

The Maccabee Institute has quietly been helping terror victims and their families for the pass twenty years. This project promotes the emotional well being of the family. With friendship, love and financial aid Maccabee tries to help ease the pain and suffering.


Watch this chilling film to understand the background of this terrible terror and its victims: Video: The Seeds of Hatred



Educational Outreach Program

This project attempts to reach the widest population in an attempt to better the life experiences of all.
Among the activities held are:

  • Jewish-identity programs for tourists and students.
  • Story hours (with refreshments) for young children.
  • Distribution of religious and educational material among new immigrants.
  • Holding of spiritual programs throughout Jerusalem for the abled and physically challenged.
  • Rehabilitation counseling for drug abusers.
  • Rescue of young people from missionary cults and seminars on the danger of cult activity.
  • Counseling services for disabled soldiers.
  • Social and legal action groups protesting people abuse including sexual harassment of women and children.


Job Placement Program

Members of our professional staff counsel people in finding suitable jobs. This may include preparing resumes, aiding in obtaining references and accompanying the person to an interview.


For further information e-mail us at info@maccabeeinstitute.org



   
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