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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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."
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.
Yad L'Achim is accompanying a mother and her four children on their moving spiritual odyssey from Islam back to Judaism.
A Jewish woman and her children were rescued by a Yad L'Achim team from an Arab village near Ramallah last Thursday.
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.
A moving drama came full circle in Yad L'Achim's head offices recently, after a woman learned that she could reverse the terrible mistakes of her youth and rejoin the Jewish people.
A moving ceremony was celebrated recently at Yad L'Achim: The bris milah of a baby born to a young woman rescued by the organization from an Arab village. Making the ceremony even more poignant is that it succeeded in reuniting the woman and her parents for the first time since she left home to marry an Arab.
In recent weeks, Yad L'Achim's offices received six wedding invitations from women rescued by the organization from Arab villages. These women, from Haifa in the north to Ashdod in the south, are marrying and setting up blessed Jewish homes.
Everything was planned down to the last detail. The rescue was scheduled and every member of the Yad L'Achim team knew his role. R. had prepared a mental list of what she would take with her and when she would pack so that her Arab husband wouldn't become suspicious. The emotions were riding high.
Bnei Brak Mayor Rabbi Chanoch Zeibert led a top-level delegation of city officials on a tour of Yad L'Achim's headquarters. The delegation, which included city treasurer Rabbi Aharon Adler, city council member Rabbi Shlomo Kostlitz and Rabbi Yosef Gerelitz, the mayor's special assistant, was welcomed by Yad L'Achim chairman Rabbi Yisrael Lifschitz and Rabbi Shmuel Lifschitz, one of the organization's leaders.
Mahmoud Mansour, the Arab who married a Jewish girl from Jaffa two months ago in a wedding that sparked a nationwide controversy, was arrested by police this week for possessing illegal substances, according to media reports in Israel.