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Personal stories are brought to us by social services professionals around Israel. The names of all applicants are changed to protect individual privacy. The names of the verifying social worker and agencies are real. Photographs are illustrative only.

Rotem, 42, is divorced and raising three teenagers, ages 13 -18. Two of the kids are in high school, and one is about to enlist in the IDF. Rotem works full-time as a counselor to special needs children. She is a strong, capable woman who has never allowed herself to...

Total Cost - $ 509
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Nomi, 88, is a Holocaust survivor who, like many others, does not like to talk about her past. She is a widow who currently lives in a rental apartment, along with her daughter and son-in-law. Nomi lived in Belarus with her pregnant mother when the war broke out. They were...

Total Cost - $ 538
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Maya, 28, is a happy, social young woman. After completing two years of National Service, Maya moved into a rental apartment with her brother and sister. Maya is cognitively impaired but functions well in the world. She works in a factory where she is well-loved and does her job diligently....

Total Cost - $ 404
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Alona, 25, has had a very difficult start in life. She suffers from a variety of physical ailments, severe learning disabilities and psychological issues, including an anxiety disorder, which can be attributed to a rocket attack 12 years ago in which her father was killed at work. When she was...

Total Cost - $ 794
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Bina’s situation is a sad one. 42-years-old and cognitively impaired, Bina spent many years floating between friends homes. Bina’s mother suffers from emotional and psychological issues and lives in a nursing home; his father is also cognitively impaired. Bina has four siblings but isn’t in regular contact with any of...

Total Cost - $ 644
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Sophie, 47, is raising four children (ages 8-21) on her own. Sophie’s oldest daughter is physically and mentally challenged, and needs a great deal of attention. Because she is a single mother, Sophie, who is a caregiver in an old age home, can only work part time as she needs...

Total Cost - $ 404
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Yafit, 37, is doing her very best to raise two young children, ages 11 and 13, on her own. Four years ago, Yafit divorced her husband after suffering years of physical abuse. The divorce proceedings were ugly, and the couple battled over custody and child support. Today, relations are much...

Total Cost - $ 808
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For a young man of just 26, Ben has been through a lot. When he was only eight years old, Ben’s parents divorced; he has had no contact with his father since then. Ben and his two sisters were raised by their mother. After graduating high school, Ben enlisted in...

Total Cost - $ 1,497
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Adva, 30, is raising her five-year-old daughter, Neta, on her own. Adva herself grew up in an unstable, low socio-economic household. She finished ten years of schooling and served in the IDF. Over the years, her family was helped by social services, and Adva remains under the care of a...

Total Cost - $ 374
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Anna and Gabriel’s story is tragic. Both in their 60’s, Anna and Gabriel lived in their family home with their 25-year-old son, Meir, who suffers from Down’s Syndrome. Their married daughter and son-in-law and their seven children lived with them as well. Anna and Gabriel’s other three children no longer...

Total Cost - $ 1,258
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Rosa, 49, came to Israel from Russia eight years ago. She is single and raising two children, ages 13 and 19, on her own. Rosa worked in a supermarket until two years ago when the Corona crisis hit. She was let go and has been on unemployment ever since. Unfortunately,...

Total Cost - $ 569
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Rina, 19, has made great strides in life, but she isn’t content to stop here. The youngest of 12 siblings, Rina was brought up in an ultra-Orthodox household. Her mother worked as a cook in a school until the Corona crisis hit; she is now unemployed. Rina’s father passed away...

Total Cost - $ 389
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Genet, who came to Israel from Ethiopia at the age of 11, is raising seven children (ages 4-21) on her own. Two of her sons are currently serving in combat units in the IDF. Genet, divorced, is a factory worker who does her best to support herself and her children....

Total Cost - $ 1,048
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Even at the young age of 16, Rafi is inspiring. Rafi’s parents both work as DJs. During the pandemic, they had little work and their financial situation became quite dire. They are raising six children and had to take out numerous loans in order to cover their cost of living....

Total Cost - $ 1,497
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Carni, 28, would like to restart her life. Carni is divorced and raising two young children, ages 3 and 1, on her own. Carni graduated high school and completed her National Service. She got married and had two babies. Her husband was physically unwell and refused to take care of...

Total Cost - $ 326
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Anat, 35, has had a very rough life but is now motivated to get back on her feet. Anat is a single mother to five young children, ages 2-13. She is no longer in touch with their fathers. Over the years, Anat struggled with alcoholism. For the past two years,...

Total Cost - $ 404
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Mika is a single mom of one child. Mika was abused as a child and as a teenager, was sent to an educational facility for adolescents at risk. As a young woman, she was in an unstable and abusive relationship for nine years with the father of her son. Mika...

Total Cost - $ 1,138
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Tohar, 44, and Yariv, 45, have never wanted to ask for help, but now they have no choice. The couple has three children, ages 7-16. Two of them have psychological issues and are very challenging. Tohar used to work outside of the house, but now has to be home in...

Total Cost - $ 883
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Some stories are so tragic that they’re impossible to ignore. Anna, 51, is divorced and raising her 11-year-old son, David, on her own. Anna moved to Israel ten years ago and is in a deteriorating state of health. She has breast cancer that has spread to her liver and bones,...

Total Cost - $ 409
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Dena and Chaim, both 22, are a struggling young couple who are trying to build themselves a brighter future. Dena and Chaim got married less than a year ago. Tragically, Dena’s father died suddenly on their wedding day. Since then, Dena has been under psychological treatment due to this trauma,...

Total Cost - $ 839
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In 1995, Julia moved to Israel as a young child along with her mother, grandmother and brother; her father remained in Ukraine. Ten years later, her mother fell ill. In order to care for her, Julia and her brother often had to miss school. To add to the family’s woes,...

Total Cost - $ 409
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Chen, 44, is raising three young children (ages 2-6) on her own. Chen has been in contact with social services for years due to her status as a single mother, her dire financial situation and her emotional state. Chen has been diagnosed with a schizophrenic disorder and is under the...

Total Cost - $ 1,123
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Shira, 42, and Eli, 47, are trying their hardest to make ends meet and raise their six children with dignity. Shira works as an assistant in a special ed classroom. She can only work part time since her younger children are home in the afternoons. Eli, who completed his full...

Total Cost - $ 386
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Ezra, 45, is going through a very rough time. Divorced, he is the father of four children, ages 4-24. Ever since his divorce, Ezra has basically been homeless. He floated between family and friends until social services helped him find an apartment and assisted him with two months’ rent. After...

Total Cost - $ 566
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Orit, 22, is doing her best to raise her two-year-old son, Omer, on her own. Omer’s dad, Guy, and Orit dated for two years but broke up during Orit’s pregnancy. Though he sees Omer regularly, Guy cannot help Orit financially. Orit works as an aide to the elderly but because...

Total Cost - $ 237
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Anat, 34, is divorced and raising two young children, ages 3 and 6, on her own. Anat, whose own parents divorced when she was 8 years old, completed 12 years of schooling and her full army service, doing an additional year as an officer. Seven years ago, she married Eli,...

Total Cost - $ 1,599
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Rinat’s life has been tragic. Her father died when she was only four years old, and she was raised in an abusive home. At the age of 12, she was sent to boarding school and floated between educational institutions for the next few years. When she was 15, Rinat met...

Total Cost - $ 409
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Vered, 37, is in the midst of a divorce. She is a mother of two children, ages 7 and 9. The divorce has been very emotionally challenging for Vered who was financially abused during her marriage and had no independence. Her ex-husband does not provide any financial help, and she...

Total Cost - $ 656
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Olga, 36, is living under very harsh circumstances. She and her husband, Nicholas, separated years ago, and he now lives on the street. The couple have no contact, nor does Nicholas have any relationship with their 14-year-old daughter, Mia. Olga and Mia now live with Olga’s partner, Victor. Mia learns...

Total Cost - $ 734
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Osnat, 43, and Samuel, 43, are an inspiring couple. Both immigrants from Ethiopia, the couple are raising five children (ages 3-18). Both Osnat and Samuel have full-time jobs; Osnat, as a kindergarten assistant and Samuel, working in the bookkeeping department at an accounting firm. Raising five children isn’t simple, and...

Total Cost - $ 1,599
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Roni, 40, is raising four young children (ages 1-9) on her own. Roni is no longer in contact with her children’s father who pays no child support. She supports herself and her children solely on a monthly government stipend. Last year, social services became aware of Roni’s dire financial situation...

Total Cost - $ 404
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Hadas, 22, and Daniel, 24, are a struggling young couple who are trying their hardest to build a brighter future. Both Hadas and Daniel grew up in ultra-Orthodox homes with many siblings. Upon finishing high school, Daniel completed his full army service in a combat unit. After they got married,...

Total Cost - $ 689
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Dorit, 38, has not worked since the birth of her youngest son, two years ago. Dependent on her National Insurance stipend, Dorit often has trouble making ends meet. She does her best to cover her four children’s needs, but sometimes there is not even enough money for food. Now that...

Total Cost - $ 386
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Rinat, 43, and Moshe, 39, are struggling. Both immigrants from Ethiopia, Rinat and Moshe are raising three young children, ages 4-11. Moshe is a factory worker, and Rinat is currently unemployed. She receives a disability stipend because she is visually impaired, but the two incomes don’t cover the family’s basic...

Total Cost - $ 1,392
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Tikva, 27, has worked at a call center for the past two and a half years. Despite Corona, she tried to miss as few days as possible. Although her job is full-time, Tikva earns so little that she qualifies for both rent support and social security payments. Recently, Tikva and...

Total Cost - $ 659
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Life is difficult right now for Tomer, 35, and Carni, 34. Carni suffers from numerous physical and psychological issues, including psoriasis, fibromyalgia, depression and anxiety. She cannot work because of her condition, yet she is recognized as only 52% disabled and receives no government stipend. As a result, the couple...

Total Cost - $ 1,228
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Noa and Barak’s story is quite sad. Barak, 36, is a recovering addict. He spent several stints in prison and is currently under psychiatric care. He cannot hold down a steady job. Barak’s situation leaves Noa, 31, alone to take care of their four young children (ages 2-10) and support...

Total Cost - $ 1,587
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Nomi, 61, really needs our help. She is raising her adopted son Guy, now 14, on her own, and it isn’t easy. For many years, Nomi worked in the travel industry. Unfortunately, three years ago she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent a year of chemotherapy and took medications...

Total Cost - $ 392
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Sofi, 20, moved to Israel from Russia five years ago, along with her mother and grandmother. She has no contact whatsoever with her father. Sofí is currently in her second year of studies towards a degree in Visual Communication. It’s an intense degree, and Sofi has applied herself 110%. Sofi’s...

Total Cost - $ 951
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Avi, 25, is an impressive young man. Avi grew up with nine siblings in an ultra-Orthodox home. The family’s financial situation is rather dire; his father learns in a yeshiva and his mother is a substitute kindergarten teacher. From a very young age, Avi didn’t connect to his parents religious...

Total Cost - $ 617
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Shira, 51, and Meir, 55, are going through a very rough time. The couple has nine children (ages 11-27), five of whom live at home. For many years, Meir worked as a translator and made a steady, respectable income. He never had to ask for outside help. Five years ago,...

Total Cost - $ 898
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Penina, 37, and Yoel, 38, are raising five young children (ages 8-16). Penina suffered post-partum depression after the birth of her youngest child and was treated with medication. As a result, she has not been working outside of the home. Yoel was working as a bookkeeper at a religious school...

Total Cost - $ 1,198
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There was a time when Addis worked temporary jobs, aiming only to earn enough to get drunk each night. Ultimately, she realized that this was no life. She pulled herself together and found a steady job taking care of the elderly. More importantly, Addis joined a program designed to help...

Total Cost - $ 389
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Avital, 35, and Binyamin, 41, are raising eight young children (ages 2-16). Binyamin works odd jobs, mostly in construction, and Avital works minimal hours as a telephone service representative. Avital has severe anemia which limits her ability to work long hours. Needless to say, the couple struggles to make ends...

Total Cost - $ 778
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Chana, 49, is divorced and has four children. Two of her children are married and out of the house, one is a soldier and the fourth, who is partially disabled, is in 10th grade. Chana works from home as a cosmetician. With the arrival of Corona, she saw a major...

Total Cost - $ 1,258
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Rachel, 54, and Moshe, 57, have eight children; four are married and four are still living at home. Moshe learns full-time in a yeshiva and receives a small monthly government stipend; Rachel works as an aide to the elderly. Despite their best efforts, the couple barely covers their cost-of-living. When...

Total Cost - $ 809
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Yitzchak is 71 and alone in the world. He has no family in Israel and no support outside of social services. He lived for many years in a public housing apartment. Unfortunately, when he was hospitalized for an extended period of time with kidney issues, the apartment was given to...

Total Cost - $ 297
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Ronit, 43, and Michael, 40, are going through a particularly difficult time. Both previously married, they have three young children (ages 2-7) together. Michael has always been physically unwell, suffering from severe epilepsy. As a result, he cannot hold down a job, and Ronit has always been the sole breadwinner....

Total Cost - $ 1,599
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Gila, 37, and Rafi, 51, tried to make their marriage work for many years. Unfortunately, despite their best efforts, the couple split up four months ago. They have four children, ages 7-18, whom they are raising together. Gila and Rafi have had financial troubles for years. Gila works as a...

Total Cost - $ 951
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Leora, 50, and Tzion, 57, haven’t had it easy. Tzion was raised in a series of foster homes, as his mother was incapable of caring for him. He graduated high school and completed his full army service. Leora had a relatively normal childhood, graduated high school, and got a degree...

Total Cost - $ 240
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Aida, 47, is divorced and mother to three children, ages 15-21. Aida receives no child support from her ex-husband and survives on her income as a translator. Aida loves her work and though it doesn’t provide her with enough money to cover her expenses, she is hesitant to change careers....

Total Cost - $ 564
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Sara, 35, and Chaim, 40, are raising nine young children, ages 1-14. The couple lives an ultra-Orthodox lifestyle; Chaim learns in a yeshiva and Sara works as a computer instructor. David, the couple’s nine-year-old son, has been diagnosed with severe ADHD and hyperactivity. He also suffers from learning disabilities and...

Total Cost - $ 449
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Vered, 14, has had a complicated childhood. Her parents, both 43, are divorced, and her mother is remarried. Vered now has two young step-siblings. Vered’s mother, Anat, comes from a highly dysfunctional family. Today, she has no contact with her father who was abusive and an unstable relationship with her...

Total Cost - $ 392
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Hila, 24, is an inspiring young woman. Her parents divorced when she was three years old, and Hila lived with her mother. Over the years, Hila’s mother struggled to provide for her and her two brothers. From the age of 14, Hila worked in order to help cover expenses. Eventually,...

Total Cost - $ 701
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Valerie, 36, is an impressive young woman. A single mother to two children (a 17-year-old and a baby), she has weathered a lot of storms and is determined to move forward with her life. Valerie’s daughter, Or, suffers from severe anemia and ADHD. She takes regular medication and is under...

Total Cost - $ 1,482
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