Those of you who don’t already subscribe to The Honey newsletter should (in my humble opinion). It’s a regular e-newsletter about life in Israel, which highlights great new shops, restaurants and experiences that will enhance your next trip to Israel. And they also include information on how to help regions that need help–in this issue, Sderot:
There’s only so much partying to be done in the name of Purim, which means it’s time to start thinking of the world beyond. The scenes from Sderot â€“ of cowering children, destroyed homes and lives turned upside down (Peace Man from Gaza and Hope Man from Sderot) make us all wince and want to…do something. Showing support with your wallet is not a new concept, but does help make a difference. We’ve assembled names of several local businesses that can ship within Sderot, across the country, even across the great Atlantic. Get on the phone.
1. Etzel Nissim: Nissim can taken care of sending small Purim gifts â€“ toys, trinkets and costumes â€“ to local children, 08-689-8011.
2. Chai li Prachim: Leeor Yehudai can send plants or flowers countrywide but even better, he can deliver a bouquet or plant to locals whose homes and gardens have been destroyed and need replanting, 08-689-2069.
3. Markol Super Dahan: Dani Dahan sends gifts countrywide and has all kinds of holiday baskets for Purim and even for Pesach, so call him back in a month, 08-689-7904.
4. Ma’afiyat Oren Meshi: Yigal Shlomi will arrange for a lovely array of freshly baked pastries to be delivered to anyone in the Sderot community. You choose the amount you’d like to donate in â€˜baked form,’ 08-672-7171.
5. Sderot Tours: Plan your next outing in or out of the country with Tzion Auchna, 08-661-0266/7.
6. Artist and sculptor, as well as third-generation Sderoter Haviv Ben-Abu took images of his sculptures and created gift cards so that he could spread the word about his special part of the world, 052-365-6443.
The Honey also notes that “if overseas readers need any help in reaching some of these local business people, just give us a holler at firstname.lastname@example.org.” Thanks, the Honey!
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