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Shalom and Devorah are struggling to build a decent life for themselves and their children, under difficult circumstances. Shalom has had trouble finding employment after being released from prison. The best he can manage so far is a part-time job for four hours a day. Beyond the minimal income that...

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Leah, 43, and her 7½-year old daughter live in a small apartment with few resources. Leah suffers from kidney problems (her body rejected a transplant three years ago) and goes for dialysis three times a week. She is very weak, anemic, and in constant pain. These problems make it impossible...

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Until last year, Dana and Eyal Heller had created a stable life for themselves and their eight children, ages 1 – 11. Dana worked as a saleswoman in a store, while Eyal was an independent businessman. Then they decided to open a convenience store in a small community. Dana left...

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Lena has had to deal with difficult situations since she was a little girl. She spent most of her formative years in in boarding school, after social services removed her from her home because of violence there, and she has had little contact with her parents since. Despite this, Lena,...

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To all appearances, Rina, 56, is all set, financially. She lives in a pretty apartment with nice furniture. She keeps it all clean, orderly, and appealing. But it turns out that Rina’s husband supplied it all from his criminal business. He was abusive to her for years and spent time...

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Sarah, 34, suffers from anemia and eating disorders that leave her underweight and tired all the time. This makes her daily struggle to provide for her children that much more difficult. Two of the six have special needs, and Sarah takes them for weekly therapy. Sarah and her husband divorced...

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Etty dreams of becoming a special education teacher. Having spent the last several years at home taking care of her children – four out of five of whom are developmentally delayed or autistic – she has a lot of practical experience in the field already. Etty finished high school but...

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Ron and Tehilla live in poverty. He was recently laid off after months of recovery from a work injury, but hopes to find a new job soon. His salary, even for full time work, was very low. Tehilla worked full time as well, holding a position as a day care...

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Raya, 81, is a Holocaust survivor. Widowed, she now lives with her daughter and her daughter’s family in a small apartment. The home is neat and clean, but they have little money. Raya suffers from an array of medical issues, from diabetes, to carpal tunnel syndrome, hypertension, polyps, and pain...

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Nava, 33, would like to do right by her children. She dreams of being able to feed and clothe them properly, of making sure that they are set for school, and even of giving them treats now and then. At the moment, she can do none of these things. With...

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In 2000, Vardina made aliya from Russia with her husband and their baby girl. Their son was born in Israel. The stress of the cultural adjustment was too much for the relationship and the two divorced seven years later. Vardina soon met another partner, with whom she had two children,...

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When Aya suffered from a ruptured disc in the course of her work and had to leave her job, the loss of one of the two wage earners sent her family into financial crisis. Benny is still working, but the need to stretch his salary much further has been difficult....

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Zahavit and Omer are parents to ten children. Omer is a Yeshiva student and Zahavit works. She collaborates with the Welfare Office to do what is asked of her in order to to provide a better life for her family. The family cannot afford furniture and relies on friends and...

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Moshe has just finished high school. He has been in a special program that supported children with autism but that was linked to the school, so now he needs to move on. In order to receive continued support in an appropriate setting, Moshe needs an evaluation that will reflect his...

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Hannah, 18, learned at an early age to take responsibility for her younger siblings, their home, and, to a certain extent, her parents. Her father is subject to depression and her mother, to manic seizures. There was violence at home, and Hannah left at 16 in order to live in...

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Dov works part time delivering bread. He would like to put in more hours at a better job and earn more but, at the moment, that is not possible for him. Dov, 52, is a single father, raising his 16-year old son, Danny, on his own. Danny’s mother no longer...

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21-year-old Jacob from Jerusalem has come a long way since dropping out of school as a child. Jacob has pulled himself together and has made drastic changes to his life. After working as a butcher for a while, Jacob wanted more and successfully matriculated from high school. He then enrolled...

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His divorce a year ago threw Gershon, 51, into such a crisis that he has been unable to work. He and his former wife had a complicated and difficult relationship before the divorce, and now the discussions about guardianship and child support are ongoing and no less stressful. In the...

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Shaul, 30, suffers from a genetic degenerative disease that is progressively weakening his muscles. Managing his daily life is becoming difficult for him. His wife, Liora, won’t let him pick up their small children, for fear that he will fall with them. The couple has three children, ages four, three,...

Total Cost - $945
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Living conditions at home were so poor that social services was forced to moved Or to a boarding school at age 5. Now 14, Or has lived in three youth villages. Or is well liked by his peers both in the village and in school. Or’s parents are severely dysfunctional...

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Mazal is 96. Widowed in Ethiopia, she moved to Israel in 1983 and raised her five children here alone. In the last year, she has suffered from cognitive decline that has affected her physical abilities as well. Unable to care of herself the way she used to, her children have...

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Rafi is a young man with severe schizophrenia. He has stopped taking his medication and lives with his mother, who cares for him and supports them. She is only able to scrape by each month. Rafi spends a lot of time in his room, on-line on his desktop computer. When...

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Saul is doing everything he can to give his two children (ages five and three) the kind of childhood that he did not have. As a boy, he defended his mother against his father’s violence, often becoming the victim of his father’s verbal and physical abuse. After his parents divorced,...

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Yaffa and Eli are an elderly couple who are very poor. They live off of their government pension only, which mainly goes directly to rent. Their children are rarely in touch and help out occasionally but not financially. The couple’s oven is broken and barely works, which makes cooking and...

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10-year old Ariella could benefit from a psychological assessment to identify her behavioral issues and understand how best to help her. She is generally closed and uncommunicative and erupts with anger, taking her frustration out on her parents. School staff have noticed she lacks motivation and is uninterested in learning....

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Yael, 52, is desperate to do something to fill her days and bring in some money. An operation two years ago to remove a brain tumor was successful, but has left her with a permanent ringing in her ears. This makes it almost impossible for her to stay in public...

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30-year-old Ditza and 34-year-old Alon met in high school and were reunited by chance some years later. When they married 11 years ago, they had high hopes for the future and didn’t expect life to throw them the curve balls it did. Now parents of 8-year-old Mor and 9-year-old Ofek,...

Total Cost - $387
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Leeza (57) and Nadav (61) are a married couple and parents to four children, ages 16, 18, 22, 24. They have been known to Social Services for many years for financial difficulties. Leeza works as a nurse in a medical clinic, while Nadav has cancer and cannot work. The family...

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Ronit is an 89-year old widow and lives with her grown son and his family. Ronit has a host of health conditions, most significantly hearing loss, making daily tasks difficult. She recently had a hearing test and it was recommended that she purchase two hearing aids. Ronit subsists solely on...

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Unable to take the on-going violence and abuse, Aliza moved out of her parents’ home a year ago, when she was 17. Despite not living at home, Aliza continued to defend and support her mother and three younger siblings against her father’s abuse. Aliza has enlisted in the Army and...

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The only thing holding Ayelet back from a dramatic salary increase is her lack of a driver’s license. Ayelet. 41, and Eitan, 42, live in a small community in the upper Galilee. Housing costs are low there, but even so, they can only manage a two-bedroom apartment; Ayelet and Eitan...

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This past December, Yaffa’s mother died unexpectedly. Yaffa never knew her father and has no siblings. Yaffa, 24, is in her last year of law school. She is doing well, loves her studies, and would very much like to finish her degree. But doing so has suddenly become much more...

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Over the past few years, Rivka (27) and Benny (30) have developed a plan to restart their lives on a stronger financial footing. Benny has managed not to gamble for several years and holds a steady job. The couple has been working hard to pay down at least a small...

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Moshe, 90, and Rachel, 80, came to Israel from Ethiopia in 2001, with their nine grown children. Although fully committed to living in this country, none of them has been able to build a life outside of the cycle of poverty. Moshe and Rachel rely on their State pensions and...

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43-year-old Danny of Dimona has lived the life of hard knocks. He grew up among 10 children with unstable parents and an abusive father. Danny had to earn his keep from a young age and in doing so, fell under the influence of less than reputable company on the streets....

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After becoming pregnant at 18, Sarah’s parents insisted that she marry her boyfriend. But after the baby was born, he was rarely home, leaving Sarah feeling lonely and neglected. The marriage lasted only a year, after which Sarah moved back to her parents’ home. The situation made her father so...

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41-year-old Dina is at the end of a long, difficult divorce, following years of verbal and emotional abuse by her husband. She and her five children, ages 6 – 19, live in a small, run-down apartment. The little furniture that they have is worn and torn. Dina used to work...

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Eden, 63, made aliya from Ethiopia 14 years ago. Her husband died en route to Israel, and she arrived as a widow. Because of her medical problems – diabetes, high blood pressure, liver problems – Eden is unable to work. She relies on her old age stipend from the government....

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31-year-old Vered is a divorced mother of two young daughters, ages 4 and 6. She works as an assistant in a daycare. Her income and her child support payments are not sufficient to pay rent, so she and her children live rent-free with her mother. Following her divorce, Vered had...

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37-year-old Zohar and 35-year-old Tehila have four children (ages 12, 9, 6, 4). Zohar works full time as a truck driver. In order to maximize his salary, he sometimes leaves the house at four in the morning and returns only late at night. Nonetheless, his earnings are too low to...

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63-year-old Lily stays awake nights worrying that her 26-year old autistic son, Meir, can’t sleep on his unstable bed and worn out mattress. She has 10 children, but Meir is the only one living at home. The others are rarely around and, despite their mother’s desperate financial straits, they do...

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38-year-old Noa has lived a life fraught with hardship and pain. She grew up in a troubled family and faced ongoing verbal abuse from her parents. Her first ex-husband, with whom she has an 11-year-old son, was addicted to drugs and committed suicide a year ago. Noa re-married and had...

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Leah is 38 years old, is a single mom to Matan, and works for minimum wage as a salesperson in a clothing shop. Before Matan was born, Leah had worked in security and hotel housekeeping, but left work to focus on parenthood. She only went back to work recently. Matan’s...

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Adam is a 68 year old man who suffers from severe diabetes. His diabetes has caused strokes and interferes with his ability to manage his day-to-day activities. As a result, Adam can no longer work. Without an income, he relies on his old age pension, which he sometimes cannot stretch...

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Tomer is a 29-year old single man who suffers from a host of medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, depression, acute pain and orthopedic problems.  He lives with his mother, who herself is quite ill with diabetes. Tomer immigrated to Israel from Romania with his parents when he was three. While...

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8-year-old Ephraim’s life has changed significantly since his parents’ divorce five years ago. He hand his brother have bounced from house to house, sometimes living with their mother (who has not functioned well in years), with their father (who lives with his parents), or with their great-grandfather Ephraim stutters, takes...

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39-year-old Sasha immigrated from Belarus in his twenties. Never did he imagine that he would be struck by advanced multiple sclerosis. The disease has ravaged his body, confined him to a wheelchair, and made him dependent on his devoted wife,Tanya, for help with everything. In addition to being Sasha’s primary...

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Katya, 38, raises her four daughters on her own, since her divorce several years ago. Her ex-husband does not pay child support and is not in touch with the family. Katya works as an aide to the elderly, but does not earn enough to make ends meet. All four girls...

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Shir and Elad are a married couple and parents to a 9th grade daughter and a 5th grade son. They have been known to social services for many years regarding socioeconomic problems and treatment at an addiction center. Both Shir and Elad have been drug-addicts and are in treatment at...

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Ortal is a single mother raising three children on her own. She suffers from fibromyalgia, severe migraines and meningitis, all of which prevent her from working. In addition, she supports her 18-year old son Kobe who was born with Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF), a disease that causes fevers, inflammation of...

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Rotem is a young single mother to a 6-month-old and and three-year-old daughters. She has been helped by Social Services since the birth of her first child in 2016. Yogev, the father of her first child was involved in drugs and abuse. He tried to participate in a detox program...

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Neta works as an accounts manager. She likes her job but in her current position the pay is poor. Neta has worked hard to increase her knowledge and expertise in the field in order to earn a higher salary that would allow her to take better care of her family....

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Tatiana and Michael are a separated couple and parents of 5 children. Tatiana, an olah from Ukraine, works in a cleaning company and would like to start working on her own. She is therefore participating in a program with an employment center in order to increase her income. Michael, works...

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Danya and Abraham and their two children immigrated to Israel from India many years ago. The family is stricken with health and financial difficulties. Abraham has epilepsy, and is legally blind. He also suffers from depression as a result of his health problems. He cannot communicate in Hebrew and always...

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Yael is a mother of four children. Her 18-year-old twins are soldiers and from her first marriage, while her 5-year-old and 2-year-old children are from her second marriage. She is also pregnant and on bed-rest and therefore cannot work. Yael’s husband is emotionally and verbally abusive. Shortly after their marriage,...

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Every day is a struggle for the Levy family. Dana has had had kidney problems for many years and has not been able to work. Recently she had an operation to remove one of her kidneys, but her recovery has been slow and difficult. Eyal had been working as a...

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Miriam and her husband divorced 15 years ago, when she was pregnant with their 11th child. Many of the children are now married, but several still live with their mother, and Miriam has opened her home to a lone soldier as well. Miriam works long hours as a salesperson in...

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Raya is 23 years old, and would like to study to be a dog trainer. She had a difficult childhood, including aliyah from the former Soviet Union, her parents’ divorce, an alcoholic father and an abusive mother. In high school, Raya left home for a boarding school for kids at...

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Growing old is not easy, certainly not for Tzvi. At 87, he can barely walk a few steps around his apartment; he is mostly bed-bound. He suffers from a list of ailments that make his life miserable. Worst of all, his hearing is beginning to deteriorate. Before, when Tzvi coudn’t...

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Gila and Evyatar are parents of 5 children. Gila is deep in debt and Evyatar recently lost his job at a local factory. Gila suffers from emotional and psychological problems. The family lacks basic possessions and their fridge recently broke. To help alleviate the financial burden on the family, their...

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Frieda is a single mom with three daughters, ages 12, 8, and 3. She grew up in a home so fraught with abuse that she and her brother were removed from their parents’ custody. She’s suffered through abusive relationships with her daughters’ fathers. Despite difficult beginnings, Frieda is a dedicated...

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Because he is completely disabled, Yishai (56) cannot work. His wife, Tamar (61) was employed for years as an aide to the elderly. However as her physical and mental health have declined, she has been unable to continue her work. She is in the process of applying for disability benefits,...

Total Cost - $357
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Shiri and Adam Levy and their five children are in desperate financial straits. Shiri suffers from both physical and emotional problems and is unable to work. Adam is largely deaf, and cannot work. The older children also have medical and psychological issues. The family relies on their small disability pensions...

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Natan, 22, lives with his invalid grandmother. He has worked hard at physically demanding after-school jobs since he was 14 in order to help support her. Most recently he worked in a grocery store where he excelled in his job and was promoted to manager. Then, his life suddenly changed...

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Aviva, 51, and Lior, 58, have six children. Lior was sentenced to 18-months at home for illegally growing cannabis. Lior struggles with post-traumatic stress syndrome, depression, diabetes, and anxiety attacks. Aviva had to leave her job as a daycare aide when she became the guarantor for her husband in his...

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Masha is a 25-year old single mother. Her 4-year old son has been diagnosed with autism and Masha spends a lot of time taking him to appointments with doctors, a speech therapist, and the like. Her newborn son is showing similar signs of delayed development. Masha needs to be available...

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Nofar is a highly motivated 24-year-old graphic design student at at a top university in Israel. She and her parents had a falling-out when they did not support her decision to enlist in the army. They have not been in contact since. After the army, Nofar began her university studies...

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Dina, 58, and her 26-year old son live in a small public housing unit. Both suffer from health problems that keep them from working. In particular, Dina has debilitating fibromyalgia. She is under medical care which requires frequent exhausting trips to the hospital for various appointments. The illness is causing her...

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Dina is a caring, competent mother. She keeps the family’s apartment clean and orderly, and takes loving, diligent care of her five children. She and their father divorced a year ago, after a difficult marriage. He is emotionally unstable and is incapable of holding a regular job. His contact with...

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Yochai is a 4-year old boy who could use your help. His mother, Naomi, left Yochai’s father 6 months ago, after having suffered through an abusive relationship for years and a particularly violent episode. She has a history of psychiatric issues and was hospitalized for a time after the birth...

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Alisha and Mualem are a warm and engaging young couple, devoted parents, and hard workers. But they live in crippling poverty because Alisha’s uncles signed her name on a business that they opened and that promptly failed. Technically deep in personal debt, she often can’t even buy food for her...

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Baara is a young woman desperately trying to rise out of a complicated and traumatic childhood. She is 20 years old and is the second-to-eldest in a blended family of 9 children. Neither Baara’s father nor her mother’s current partner lives in the home, and Baara’s relationship with her mother...

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In her young life, Orit has consistently given, but has received little. As the oldest of 11 children with a mother who is emotionally unstable and unable to parent, Orit helps her father in every way she can. She takes care of her siblings and helps him in his work...

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Linoy, 30, lives in a small public housing unit. Linoy keeps the place neat and orderly, but even doing this is an effort. Linoy suffers from a variety of illnesses which prevents her from completing daily tasks and from holding a job. With no family support, Linoy relies on her...

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Adam has been the building manager for one of his town’s elementary schools for over 20 years. His wife, Ziva, held a factory job for many years, then worked as a day care aide. None of these positions, although full time, offered a livable salary, so they have had to...

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Welfare authorities removed Hila from an abusive and violent family when she was 9 years old. Hila grew up in a series of foster situations and children’s homes, with no continuity or additional family support. In 11th grade, Hila dropped out of school and started using drugs as a way...

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SOTOS is a rare genetic disorder that causes children to grow unusually quickly and brings a host of other problems. Four-year old Rebecca has SOTOS. She is large for her age and suffers from a wide range of developmental delays. With little understanding of her situation, she is apt to...

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Although Aviva completed 12 years of school, she did not finish with a complete set of graduation tests. She dropped out of her first attempt at National Service when she felt overwhelmed by the demands, but after working temporary jobs for a few months, decided to try again and this...

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Moshe, 38, moved from Ethiopia to Israel with his parents when he was six. Now divorced, he is a single parent to his 10- and 12-year old children, one of whom has special needs. His former job was not suitable for a single father, and he was fired when trying...

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Once Ivor was a sportsman, and he made his living as a physiotherapist. But he was forced to stop working in 2013, when multiple sclerosis made functioning difficult. Since then, his condition has grown steadily worse. Ivor lives alone with no family or support. He can no longer manage most...

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Rona recognizes that the only way to get ahead in life is with more education. She has completed 12 years of study but knows that she wants and needs to learn more. She and her social worker believe that accounting would be a good career path for her. Currently, Rona,...

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Meir is in his 50’s and lives on his own in Sderot on full governmental disability support. He is on a wait list for a lung transplant, uses an oxygen tank around the clock, and sometimes requires hospitalization to stabilize his condition. Meir lives in a small, sparsely furnished and...

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Tahula is 22 years old and is the eldest of 5 children. She lives with her mother and siblings in a 3-room apartment in an underprivileged neighborhood of Jerusalem. Tahula’s parents had a complicated, drawn-out and difficult relationship. Her father left the family 6 years ago, and they have lost...

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Sarah and Ivor have had a difficult aliyah. They and their six children have had trouble integrating and have needed a lot of support from social services. However, they are all determined to stay in Israel and to make a life here for themselves. Sarah cannot work because of chronic...

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There was a time when Dan and Pnina were working steadily and staying out of poverty. But three years ago, when their youngest child was born with a heart defect that has required surgery and several hospitalizations, things got difficult. Both Dan and Pnina lost their jobs as they took...

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Racheli, a single mother of two, is trying to build a home business for herself as a pastry chef. She loves baking and the job would bring her pleasure and income while allowing her to set her own hours. Suffering from anxiety, post-traumatic stress, and an eating disorder, Racheli, 32,...

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Devorah and Baruch both work, but their incomes are low. Devorah is an administrator at the town high school, while Baruch teaches in a yeshiva. They have eleven children, all of whom live at home. One of their four-year old twins suffers from developmental delays. She receives extensive medical care...

Total Cost - $810
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Anya, 83, emigrated to Israel from the former Soviet Union when she was 54. She is housebound, living in a small apartment with her disabled son. Anya suffers from many medical issues, including depression, orthopedic issues, frequent falls, and other problems that have kept her from working for many years....

Total Cost - $1177
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Daniel, 9, needs a computer in order to do his schoolwork, but there is no money for one. Daniel lives with his father, 64, and his sister, 36; neither works (she has epilepsy), so the three survive on social security payments. The family is very careful not to go into...

Total Cost - $1050
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Alma is 93. She moved from the Ukraine to Israel 18 years ago with her daughter, Sonya, 60, but neither speaks Hebrew well. Although they live in great need and have no outside support, relying solely on social security payments, they are not in regular contact with social services because...

Total Cost - $477
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When Eyal and Mimi Goldman’s daughter was one and a half, she died suddenly of a brain infection. This tragedy and his brother’s suicide shortly thereafter threw Eyal into a deep depression. It is under control now, with the help of therapy and medications, but he is not yet able...

Total Cost - $990
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Since she was a child, Aviva, 46, has suffered from joint pain that sometimes keeps her in bed with exhaustion and sometimes attacks her so forcefully that it leaves her helpless. Her husband, Gershon, 48, does most of the housework and is responsible for taking their three young children to...

Total Cost - $747
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Rivka is the only wage earner in her family. On her salary as a part-time aide to the elderly, she supports her four daughters and her husband, who refuses to get a job so that he can spend all day learning Torah. Rivka is frustrated by this decision and has...

Total Cost - $387
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Meira and her husband moved to Israel 18 years ago with their six children. The couple divorced five years later and the father is no longer in touch with the family. He does not pay any child support. Meira, 56, is fiercely independent and hesitates to ask for aid of...

Total Cost - $651
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Chani (10) is the youngest of her parents’ 10 children. It was clear soon after she was born that her development was delayed, as she reached various milestones later than her siblings did. She started in special education at age three. Chani loves her school and particularly enjoys playing with...

Total Cost - $660
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Einav is struggling to raise her three children on her own. Now divorced, she suffered years of abuse and humiliation from her former husband, violence that the children saw and which still impacts them. Social services has helped them learn to handle difficult social situations and not to respond with...

Total Cost - $900
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Aya’s parents spent years quarreling until they finally divorced. Her father disappeared, leaving her mother to care for Aya and her five siblings. However, Aya’s mother had few parenting skills, nor any ability to hold a job. Aya, now 18, spent much of her childhood in a series of boarding...

Total Cost - $975
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Danny and Gila keep their home neat and orderly. But they are struggling with little income and high debts, which make it difficult to raise their six children and meet their monthly needs. Gila was at home for many years, taking care of the children, but despite health problems that...

Total Cost - $840
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Irina, 24, moved to Israel with her parents when she was 16. A year later, she moved out of their home and has lived on her own since then. She is no longer in contact with her parents. Irina has supported herself with various jobs over the years but because...

Total Cost - $1200
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Levi, a systems engineer, does not earn a bad living. But the unexpected costs of his daughter’s illness have thrown them into need. Tehila, 3, has a rare genetic illness. She is not developing physically, cannot speak or walk without support, and since a liver transplant a year and a...

Total Cost - $1609
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Although both parents work almost full time, the Goodmans’s total income is very low. Meir is a kashrut supervisor at a bakery, while his wife, Leah, spends nine hours a day as a nursery school aid. They have four children, with a fifth on the way. The family is Haredi, but...

Total Cost - $1260
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Clara often feels overwhelmed by her medical needs. After cancer treatment, which included chemotherapy and radiation, she still takes follow-up medications. She suffers from severe back and leg pain, as well as from a broken hand, and is recovering from surgery for a broken foot. It is hard for her...

Total Cost - $1050
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Everyone loves Ziv. He has a good sense of humor and is social and friendly. He is motivated to learn and develop and he takes his job, working in the town park, very seriously. Ziv, 24, spends his free hours participating in programs for those with special needs. This framework...

Total Cost - $1571
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Dafna’s husband has abused her physically, emotionally, and verbally from the first day they were wed. After a year, she left him and they are in the process of a painful and slow divorce. Dafna, 37, is now trying to rehabilitate her life and raise her baby daughter as best...

Total Cost - $690
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A few years ago, Avi and Sarah had to give up their apartment because they could no longer pay the mortgage. They lost almost everything in the ensuing bankruptcy. After years of illness, Avi, 73, is completely handicapped; he has not been able to work for more than a decade....

Total Cost - $393
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Rebecca did not really mourn after the premature death of her son several years ago; she thought that she was handling the blow well and moved on with her life. But the recent deaths of her parents in addition to that unexamined trauma sent Rebecca into a depression that cost...

Total Cost - $1571
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Six years ago, a fall in a bus left Adi badly injured and traumatized. Since then she has been confined to a wheelchair and cannot tend to even her basic needs. Despite her limitations, Adi does her best to take care of her children (ages 13 and 9), to stay...

Total Cost - $1200
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Doron is almost 80. In Russia, he held a position as an academic; now in Israel for 25 years, he is retired. Doron and his wife rely entirely on their old age pension, and have no family support. He has a list of medical problems but insists that he is...

Total Cost - $1115
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Rachel, 40, is a single mother to two young kids. Her daughter, Kayla, 7, has ADD, learning delays, difficulty articulating, anxiety attacks, and low self-esteem. Her 10-year old son, Dov is autistic, and has recently returned to his special education school after several months in a psychiatric hospital. Rachel has...

Total Cost - $772
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Benny has been living on his own since he was 14. Now 21, his relationship with his parents is unstable at best. Benny has gotten used to supporting himself. He pays his rent and other needs from his salary as a factory worker. But Benny dreams of doing better for...

Total Cost - $1350
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Shira, 45, has finally found a job that will meet her needs. It is important to her to work and support herself. she has done so for many years and does not like to ask for help. She needed a position that she could do from home, in order to...

Total Cost - $1050
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Ivan, 80, worked as an engineer in his native Ukraine, then moved to Israel almost 20 years ago. He lives in a rented apartment with his wife, 75. Ivan receives certain benefits as a Holocaust survivor and has some income through Israeli social security and pension services. However, all of...

Total Cost - $1119
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Dina works full time in a store and spends her small salary as carefully as she can. But it is insufficient to cover the needs of her five children. Dina and her husband divorced a year ago. He has no job so does not contribute to the welfare of his...

Total Cost - $747
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As a child, Natan, now 17.5, struggled to find himself. The oldest of seven children, he grew withdrawn and had trouble focusing on his studies, even though he loved learning. With support and treatment, Natan has learned to control his emotions and behavior and to accept authority. He is doing...

Total Cost - $1571
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Maya, 41, is motivated and resolute in her desire to start life in Israel anew. She moved here from Morocco when she was 19, but when she returned after two years to visit her parents, she met her husband and married him. He came back to Israel with her and...

Total Cost - $1050
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Ever since his son, Amir, now nine, developed meningitis seven years ago, Sammy has been plagued with anxiety attacks severe enough to keep him from holding a job. His wife, Iman, is a cleaner, but her earnings do not cover the needs of a family with four young children. She...

Total Cost - $990
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Faina, 65, lives alone and always has. Objects that she has collected over the years surround her, but they are mostly broken and worthless. Plagued with health problems – including high blood pressure, unstable diabetes, and chronic depression – Faina cannot work or keep the apartment clean. She does not...

Total Cost - $510
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Ruchama worked at a hospital for many years and had a steady income. However, her husband has ALS and of late, his deterioration has been rapid. He can no longer be left alone in the house because he has lost all ability to care for himself. Ruchama has had to...

Total Cost - $771
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Rina has had one dream since childhood – to study Eastern-style dancing, to teach it, and to perform it in order to make others happy. Nothing brings a smile to her face or lifts here spirits the way dancing does. Life took Rina in other directions, however. She married young,...

Total Cost - $1050
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Bruria, 86, is a widow with six grown children. She moved to Israel from Morocco 35 years ago. Although she worked for years, her salary was low, so she was unable to save much.Now she relies on her pension and social security funds, but these are not sufficient to cover...

Total Cost - $267
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Eliya has seven children ranging from age three to age 15. They have seen a lot of violence in their young lives, most of it from their father, directed at their mother. About a year ago, they divorced, after her repeated attempts to live safely with him failed. Most of...

Total Cost - $387
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Ben, 21, is focused, diligent, and thoughtful. He has been working to support himself since he was 13, and, when he can, contributes to the household needs of is parents and five brothers (ages 11 – 17). The results of recent vocational testing suggested that he turn his talents to...

Total Cost - $1522
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Tikva’s social worker describes her as a “true fighter” . Tikva, who came on aliya from Ethiopia with her family in 2005, lives on her own as her mother cannot work because of cancer and her father’s factory salary is not enough to support Tikva and her two young sisters....

Total Cost - $379
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Although it will add yet another expense to their lives, Ilanit was determined to move her small family from her mother’s crowded home into their own apartment. Ilanit is a devoted mother who works three different cleaning jobs in order to support her three children. Beyond paying for food, housing,...

Total Cost - $417
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Because Liat is married, she is not eligible for certain kinds of government support. This does not reflect the actual situation, in which her husband, Meir, spends his days hanging out with lowlifes and using drugs. After years of drug abuse and periods of incarceration, he seems incapable of sustained,...

Total Cost - $750
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After suffering through an abusive marriage and a contentious divorce, Danya is raising her sons, ages seven and nine, on her own. Traumatized by the situation, the boys developed emotional issues (as did Danya) and demand a lot of her attention, making it difficult for her to work. Danya also...

Total Cost - $600
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After the birth of her sixth child, four months ago, Carmella, 39, sank into such serious post-partum depression that she had to be hospitalized. This threw her family into crisis. The new baby daughter and her older sister went to live with an aunt, but Carmella’s husband, Caleb, 46, has...

Total Cost - $786
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Both Abe and Batya suffer from emotional issues that require on-going medical supervision. Nonetheless, Abe holds a full-time job in a factory and does his best to be a good father to the four children from his first marriage and the two from his second. Batya is at home with...

Total Cost - $357
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Two years ago, a fire broke out in Rosa’s apartment. Rosa was able to escape, with severely burned hands and lung damage from smoke inhalation. She was hospitalized and then in rehabilitation until very recently. Rosa saved her infant daughter, but her mother died as a result of the fire....

Total Cost - $271
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Recently, nine-year old Gaby’s behavior has changed. Always quiet and reserved, she ripped the pages out of a book and sometimes lies on her classroom floor without a word or movement. When her team lost a game, she blamed herself to an extent that was out of scale. Gaby’s concerned...

Total Cost - $300
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Lilach (8) is prone to angry outbursts. She has trouble regulating her emotions. Lilach has been working on these issues with a social worker and a psychologist, but everyone has the sense that there is a deeper source of the trouble. Discovering this would allow the people around Lilach (including...

Total Cost - $780
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Batsheva, 59, and her husband separated because of his violence – physical, verbal, and emotional – towards her. They are in the process of getting a divorce but for many years he has refused to give her a “get” (Jewish bill of divorce), making it impossible for Batsheva to move...

Total Cost - $749
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Tikva made aliya from Ethiopia with her parents as a little girl. Now an adult with seven children, Tikva studied to be a personal coach, hoping to stay out of poverty while helping her clients improve their lives. But she had to stop working with the birth of her youngest...

Total Cost - $1500
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Until she was diagnosed with cancer, Betty, worked at a daycare center. Her small salary and her husband’s disability stipend were the family’s sole income. They lived in a tiny apartment with their two children, ages seven and one. Due to Betty’s current situation, she and her children moved to...

Total Cost - $1050
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Social workers describe both 10-year old David, and 7-year old Elena as charming children, pleasant and motivated to succeed in school. But their academic difficulties hold both children back. They struggle to read, to understand what they have read, and to do math. Testing shows that David also has ADD....

Total Cost - $450
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Although Sarah’s parents abandoned her when she was young, they re-entered her life when she was 16 and, despite her resistance, forced her to marry. Her husband was violent toward her, a problem that only got worse after the family moved to Israel from Ethiopia in 1991. At first, Sarah’s...

Total Cost - $780
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When her husband was sentenced to 12 years in jail, the burden of running the household and caring for their three children fell on Edna’s shoulders. She is doing the very best she can under difficult circumstances. The government does pay her a stipend so that the family can subsist,...

Total Cost - $387
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Although Orna has seven children, from three relationships, her mothering skills are poor, so most of them were removed from her care. However, she has a strong relationship with her youngest daughter, now 13, and one of the older boys has come to live with her as well. Orna lives...

Total Cost - $417
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Until he started therapy, Ari’s autism led him to do things like emptying full bottles of shampoo down the drain and clogging the toilet so that it flooded the house. Therapy and the medications have helped Ari, 18, to refrain from such destructive behaviors. However, Ari’s parents are running out...

Total Cost - $1571
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Neither Pnina nor Ron is able to work. She is trying to recover from an operation after a slipped disc; he has medical problems as well. Their oldest daughter lives and works in Tel Aviv, but their other four children are at home. Their oldest son works, while the 12th,...

Total Cost - $447
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Nurit’s parents objected to Ofer when she started dating him at age 18, but nine years later, they are still together. They now have five children. Ofer, 35, has a criminal background but is trying to do better. He works full time as the manager of a warehouse. Despite the...

Total Cost - $771
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Tests have recently shown a decrease in Eitan’s hearing. He sees both an ENT and a speech therapist regularly, but he needs hearing aides. The problem is not new for the family – Eitan’s three-year old brother already has them. Caring for both boys, their four siblings, and their father...

Total Cost - $1649
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Several years ago, a street lamp fell on Doron’s back during a car accident. Since then, he has needed intensive medical care and has been unable to work.His wife, Esther, is at home with their nine children, one of whom is handicapped and needs full-time care. Esther herself suffers from...

Total Cost - $960
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Alma, 38, trained as an early education teacher. She had to stop working to deal with her painful and prolonged divorce, but now she has started again. At the moment, she is a substitute kindergarten teacher, but she is hoping to find a full-time job in the new school year....

Total Cost - $615
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Amit recently received custody of his three young children, after it was determined that their mother was endangering their lives. Amit takes care of them with empathy and love. It is clear that he always puts their needs ahead of his own. The children all suffer from emotional problems as...

Total Cost - $1125
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Hillel, 58, is suffering from a terrible illness. The rare affliction has left him with difficulties eating and with a dependence on an oxygen tank. This and difficulty climbing the stairs have made leaving the house almost impossible. In addition, his kidneys are failing from diabetes; when he does go...

Total Cost - $691
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It is clear to everyone that their four children are the light of Olga and Pavel’s life. The parents do all they can to make sure that their four children will have a good education and strong values. However, the family is in desperate financial straits. Pavel has his own...

Total Cost - $1619
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Malka has suffered from a degenerative joint disease since childhood. Now she is not only confined to a wheelchair but cannot do anything for herself. Her husband is her main caretaker, feeding her, showering her, dressing her, etc. He also is in charge of their three children, ages eight, five,...

Total Cost - $345
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Raina made aliya from Venezuela seven years ago. A translator by profession, she speaks several languages, although not much Hebrew; here she took a job as a cleaner. In order to care for her husband, Raina stopped working when he was diagnosed with cancer a couple of years ago. The...

Total Cost - $1573
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It is clear to his parents and his teachers that Danny, 8, is struggling in school. His reading and math skills are a year behind where they should be. He gives up on tasks easily, leaves the room without permission, and bothers his classmates by yelling in their ears, making...

Total Cost - $900
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Gila, 53, has five daughters and little money. Health issues keep her from holding a job, and her disability allowance is so low that she often has trouble paying rent and other expenses. All of the girls, ages 16 – 24, live at home with her. Her oldest is herself...

Total Cost - $417
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Yulia has a borderline personality disorder and has not, in the past, managed well by herself. She and her four young children live with her mother, who helps her to raise them. The home is crowded and Yulia feels that the situation limits her ability to build a real bond...

Total Cost - $991
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Boris needs hydrotherapy. It is the best cure for his ailments, which range from broken bones after a fall, to osteoporosis, blood clots, hypertension, and a tumor. Boris is a widower whose children don’t live in Israel; he is in touch with them and they have a good relationship, but...

Total Cost - $1571
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Arik was shocked when, at age 58, he lost his job as facility manager of a town school because of downsizing. He negotiated to keep his job or receive another in the town, but was unsuccessful. Suddenly at home, he became depressed and angry. Arik’s wife, Dina, has never been...

Total Cost - $449
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Talia and Uriel have seven children ranging from 6 to 13, all of whom have special needs of various kinds. Both parents work as cleaners in town schools and their social worker attests that they work very hard at their jobs. Uriel was in a truck accident several years ago...

Total Cost - $746
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Zohara’s husband left her after their now three year old was born. She became pregnant again during a recent failed attempt at reconciliation, and is now raising a young son and an infant on her own. Their father pays no child support. Zohara, 41, works full time as a nursery...

Total Cost - $357
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Liora and Avi are a young couple with two small children. They have no external support (her parents do not live in Israel, while his father died of cancer and his mother has schizophrenia) as they try to make a stable life for themselves. Avi works in security but is...

Total Cost - $1049
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Avital and her husband have five children under the age of five (including eight-month old twins). He is looking for a job but, in the meantime, Avital is the family’s sole breadwinner, working as a bookkeeper for a car rental company. Avital is there full time, despite the children’s demands,...

Total Cost - $1440
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Lisa’s eyesight has been declining for years; she is now almost completely blind. In the past, she worked as a cleaner and at other temporary jobs, but these are now impossible for her. She is looking for a position that she can fill despite her vision problems. In the meantime,...

Total Cost - $1020
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Ilanit, 15, is in 9th grade. She comes on time to school, is prepared, and is highly motivated to excel in her studies. A laptop – so necessary in middle school these days – would help her achieve her goals. Ilanit lives with her mother; her parents divorced when she...

Total Cost - $1050
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Itay, two, was born with spina bifida and is paralyzed from the waist down. He requires intensive, round-the-clock support, which has kept his mother, the family’s sole wage earner, from returning to work. His father too is often absent from his studies because of Itay’s medical needs. With two other...

Total Cost - $780
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Both Inez and her husband are retraining – he as a computer technician, she as a massage therapist – after making aliya several years ago. In the meantime, she takes care of their four children, while he tries to make a living as a cleaner, working as many hours as...

Total Cost - $813
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Vered, 50, lives with her 18-year old daughter and 14-year old son in a small apartment. She is estranged from their father, who is not in contact with them and does not pay any child support. Vered relies on a government stipend that barely covers her rent; food, school expenses,...

Total Cost - $357
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Ehud, 46, has weekend custody of his young children. To this end, he tries to make his one-room apartment welcoming for them. This is difficult because his only income is his government disability stipend (his sleepwalking was serious enough to cause his discharge from the Army; a car accident damaged...

Total Cost - $597
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When Sarah, 71, had to have her right leg amputated, she taught herself a new way to go down the stairs. She has managed her disability well, getting around by wheelchair and participating regularly in social and golden age programs. But nothing could have prepared Sarah for her newest problem...

Total Cost - $1650
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Both Zoe and Asher come from troubled families and were deemed “at risk” as youths. They married young and soon started a family. Asher has been unable to hold a job, but Zoe works as a cashier. Her salary does not cover the family’s expenses (rent, food, water and electricity,...

Total Cost - $417
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Funded - $417
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