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An Arab village (illustrative)

Pesach Seder in an Arab Village

No one is ever really lost to Judaism. That's the message of an astonishing Pesach seder that was held this year in the heart of an Arab village whose "planning" began 17 years ago.
"It was 17 years ago that two Jewish women discovered they had been given up for adoption as babies, and that their real mother was married to an Arab and living in a village in the south of the country," an official at Yad L'Achim related.
04/20/17
Jewish children in the Jisr a-Zarka mosque (Channel 20)

Jewish Children Taken to Mosque for Prayers in School Outing

Yad L'Achim turned to Education Minister Naftali Bennet earlier this week demanding that he put an immediate halt to all contacts between his ministry and "A New Way," the NGO that brought Jewish children from Caesarea to a mosque to bow down and pray in keeping with Islamic custom.
03/21/17
Prof. Yitzchak Katz, head of the polling institute that conducted the survey

Poll: 93% of Jews in Israel Oppose Their Children Marrying Muslims

A survey commissioned by Yad L'Achim reveals that 93 percent of the Jewish public in Israel opposes their children marrying Muslim Arabs.
02/15/17
Complicated case. Lawyer Avishai Grady

Woman Who Escaped Arab Village: 'I Haven't Seen My Daughters in More than Two Years'

A Jewish mother's battle to gain custody of her daughters is about to be decided in the courts.
The mother, C., aged 31, had a difficult upbringing. Her mother was handicapped and sent her away to boarding school at a young age. At 18, when C. wanted to return home, her mother got an injunction barring her from entering her house - for no apparent reason and without any early warning.
02/14/17
This illustrative photo was purchased from the FOTOLIA site.

Astonishing: Three 'Arab' Women Discover They're Jews – in One Month!

Three women who grew up thinking they were Muslims, only to discover that they are Jews, turned to Yad L'Achim in the past month seeking assistance in returning to their people.
01/24/17
The survivors – the 'guests of honor' receive a blessing from the mekubal, Harav Benayahu Shmueli

Symbolic Bris Milah for Jewish Children Rescued from Arab Villages

Five Jewish children who were raised in hostile Arab villages and rescued with their mothers by Yad L'Achim participated this week in a moving symbolic Bris Milah at Yad L'Achim's Jerusalem office.
01/18/17
Coming Full Circe: From Muslim Education to Jewish Education

Coming Full Circe: From Muslim Education to Jewish Education

The sons of D., a Jewish woman married to an Arab, received a Muslim upbringing and education. Several months ago, D. contacted Yad L'Achim's counter-assimilation department and, in a voice shaking with emotion, told of the difficulties she experienced. She bemoaned her children's future, being raised against her will in a Muslim educational system, and pleaded for help.
12/14/16
The holidays of Tishrei arouse Jewish feelings and longing for family, driving up the number of call

Yad L'Achim: Summer Months See Dramatic Increase in Calls to Hotline

Yad L'Achim reports a dramatic increase in the number of calls coming into its emergency hotline during summer vacation and in advance of the Jewish holidays.
08/8/16
The cover to the "Thoughts on Intermarriage" journal

Yad L'Achim Course Prepares Anti-Assimilation Ambassadors for Abroad

Yad L'Achim last month completed its training course for 20 foreign students who will serve as Israel's ambassadors to the Jewish world on the subject of assimilation.
The course, the first of its kind, was offered by a new department set up by Yad L'Achim a few years ago to deal with mixed marriage. It operates alongside the organization's counter-assimilation department, which works with Jewish girls living in Arab villages.
07/26/16
Photo credit: Yad L'Achim The extraordinary circumcision.

Mother Brings Son to Bris Milah, Two Months After Escaping Arab Village

Every Bris Milah is emotional, but this one didn't leave a dry eye in the house. The child, who was named Eli-Or, is the son of G., a Jewish woman who until recently was living with an abusive Arab husband in the village of Kara. After 10 years of living as a Muslim, she succeeded, with Yad L'Achim's help, in escaping the village with her daughters.
07/13/16
To touch the stones of the Kosel: Two of A.'s children at the Western Wall last week. (Photo Credit:

To Touch the Stones of the Kosel for the First time

A., a 36-year-old Jewish woman, spent 18 years in an Arab village in southern Israel together with her Arab husband. They'd met at a food factory where they both worked. After moving to his village they had six children.

Around six years ago, a childhood friend of A. reached out to her out of the blue, after more than a decade of no contact. A. revealed that she wasn't happy and wanted to leave her husband and the village. A few days later, the phone line in A.'s house went dead. It turns out that her husband had learned about the phone call and disconnected the line. He also punished her with violence.
06/23/16
Yad L'Achim activist Rabbi Yoav Zeev Robinson

The Rabbis' Pictures That Stopped an Intermarriage

Yad L'Achim's counter-assimilation department, which has traditionally focused its efforts on Jewish women involved with non-Jewish men, has recently begun working with Jewish men contemplating marrying out.
02/7/16
The logo of the Smith Institute

Survey: 90 Percent of Jews in Israel Oppose Intermarriage

A survey conducted by the Smith Institute on behalf of Yad L'Achim shows that more than 90 percent of the Jewish public in Israel staunchly opposes intermarriage between their son or daughter and a Muslim.
The survey, released last week, also shows that among the secular public in Israel some 20 percent are personally familiar with couples who have intermarried, compared to 12 percent in the religious-chareidi sector.
01/24/16
The mentoring kit that big sisters received at the seminar

Seminar Held for Yad L'Achim 'Big Sisters'

Dozens of Yad L'Achim "big sisters" attended a full-day seminar recently to acquire professional tools to help them mentor Jewish children rescued from Arab villages
11/9/15

Terrorists' Pictures Convince Jewish Woman to Sever Ties with Arab Suitor

Two Arab women who posted pictures of terrorists on their Facebook page, together with words of praise for their deeds, inadvertently convinced a Jewish girl to end her relationship with an Arab man.
10/14/15
Consensus Among Leftist 'Young Guard': No to Intermarriage

Consensus Among Leftist 'Young Guard': No to Intermarriage

They were once the up-and-coming leaders of Israel's Labor Party. An articulate, photogenic cadre of young politicians who saw themselves as the best and the brightest, the natural successors to Yitzchak Rabin, Shimon Peres and the rest of the party's "old guard."
06/25/15
Yad L'Achim's 'Grandson' Has His Bris

Yad L'Achim's 'Grandson' Has His Bris

N. was born into a religious family in the center of Israel but was dealt a serious emotional blow in her youth when her parents divorced and her mother decided to abandon religion and bring her children along with her into this strange new world.
06/24/15
The children accept upon themselves the Heavenly y

The 'Shema Yisrael' that Brought Tears to the Rabbinical Court

Yad L'Achim is accompanying a mother and her four children on their moving spiritual odyssey from Islam back to Judaism.
05/26/15
Yad L'Achim Rescues Jewish Woman, Children, from Arab Village Near Ramallah

Yad L'Achim Rescues Jewish Woman, Children, from Arab Village Near Ramallah

A Jewish woman and her children were rescued by a Yad L'Achim team from an Arab village near Ramallah last Thursday.
04/30/15
Dramatic Rescue Nearly Nixed by Terrorist Freed in Shalit Deal

Dramatic Rescue Nearly Nixed by Terrorist Freed in Shalit Deal

A Purim miracle. That's how a Yad L'Achim rescue team described last week's dramatic evacuation of S., a Jewish woman, and her three children from a hostile Arab village near Beit Lechem.
03/10/15
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