By Alex and Ilyse Sternberg

Emunah Bet Elazraki is a unique children’s home in Netanya, Israel. We were introduced to it several years ago on one of our visits to Israel. After seeing and meeting the children, we were impressed with how wholesome and natural they all were. They thrived at Bet Elazraki. We realized that this organization would offer a great opportunity for our son Yonatan to learn about chesed and “giving back.”

Collaborating with Yehuda Kohn, the dynamic director of Bet Elazraki, Yonatan decided to raise the funds to pay for an individual birthday celebration for each child at Bet Elazraki. Funds were simply not available to pay for such “luxuries” at that time. For his bar mitzvah project, Yonatan raised over $10,000 and established the “Yonatan Birthday Fund.”

The program was a huge success for the children. In order for Bet Elazraki to continue the program, on December 1, Motzaei Shabbat, we will be hosting the second annual Yonatan Birthday Fund to replenish the depleted fund. As Yonatan said, “Every child deserves to have a celebration of his/her birthday.”

Please join us in welcoming Yehuda Kohn and meet some of the children from Bet Elazraki. I am sure that after learning about this home you will fall in love with the children and Bet Elazraki. Not only will you learn what you can do for the children at Bet Elazraki, but you will learn what Bet Elazraki can do for you and your children. Many Five Towns boys and girls have volunteered at Bet Elazraki and became enriched through the experience. The children of Bet Elazraki are looking for partners for their future.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. RSVP to Please bring your checkbook, but most of all, bring your heart. To make a donation, please visit


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