There wasn't a dry eye in the wedding hall in central Israel last week. The guests understood that this was no ordinary couple and their marriage was no ordinary simchah.
A special Yad L'Achim team returned last week from France, where it ran programs aimed at countering assimilation among students in local Jewish schools.
A symbolic circumcision (hatafas dam bris) was held last week for Jewish children who were recently rescued from hostile Arab villages by Yad L'Achim.
The phone call from Gila, a Yad L'Achim survivor, to one of the organization's social workers was moving and dramatic. "I have to undergo surgery that my doctors say I may not recover from. On the other hand, I have no choice but to go ahead with it. I want to write a will, and to ensure it is legal, I want to do it with one of your lawyers."
Half a year ago, in a meticulously planned operation, Yad L'Achim succeeded in rescuing S. and her three children from an Arab village in the south of Israel to a secret safe house in the center of the country.
Arab Knesset members from the Zionist Union and the United Arab List have revealed in recent interviews that they don't want their daughters intermarrying with Jews.
An emotional Bat Mitzvah celebration last week represented the closing of a circle for the 12-year-old girl and her family.
Yad L'Achim released a film clip Thursday as part of its efforts to prevent assimilation in Israel. The film, distributed in the social media, opens with a shot of a Shabbos table, with a haunting Shalom Aleichem being sung in the background – in Arabic. Little by little, Jewish elements like Shabbos candles and challos are taken away. In the final scene, we see a woman sitting at the table, confused and torn at the disappearance of symbols that were once part of her.
The Kosel has seen many tears – of sorrow, supplication, joy. But this Monday it saw tears of gratitude as a young Jewish man who was raised as a Muslim celebrated his Bar Mitzvah.
Some 70 women rescued by Yad L'Achim from Arab villages, and their children, were treated to an extraordinary Shabbaton this week to help them form close bonds with one another and prepare them for the holidays of Tishrei.
Just recently, Yad L'Achim held a symbolic circumcision (hatafas dam bris) for a group of Jewish children who had been rescued from hostile Arab villages. This week, it held a similar ceremony for five additional children who were rescued with their mothers by Yad L'Achim.
The dramatic story of A. began two years with a phone call placed by a sympathetic policeman in northern Israel
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.
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.
A survey commissioned by Yad L'Achim reveals that 93 percent of the Jewish public in Israel opposes their children marrying Muslim Arabs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.