Do Not Take Your Family Nucleus For Granted

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In the western world there is a phenomenon known as children in distress, this includes Israel.

Known to be a benevolent society that lives by Rabbi Akiva’s rule “Love your neighbor as thyself,” Israelis step up to help each other.

Shanti House, in Israel, was founded on this basic social obligation, offering youth in need, from the age of 14 through to 21, safe harbor.

In the past I wrote about Shanti House and its founder, Mariuma. This month, Aliza and Yossi Simsolo hosted Mariuma and her husband Micha Ben Yosef again, and opened their lovely home packed with guests for one more fundraising for Shanti House.

The hosts and Shanti House team
Rto-L-James Bristow, Shanti, daughter of Mariuma, Alex Hen Shanti House daughter, host Aliza Simsolo, Yehi Yogev, host Yossi Simsolo, Micha & Mariuma Ben Yosef, Shanti House Director, Elie Kleiman, Shanti House son – Photo Orly Halevy

There I found out that there is another aspect to this compassionate project. It is the annual bike ride.

The tradition started four years ago. A tough bicycle ride in which hundreds of competitive cyclists participate, along a 180 kilometer route – from Tel Aviv Shanti House to Shanti House Youth Village in the desert, a short distance from the tomb of David Ben Gurion.

The journey starts early in the morning and comes to its final point in the afternoon, approximately ten hours ride. Each participant pays for his participation and all contributions go to pay for the needs of the children of the Shanti House. Crowds cheer the riders along the route and it is covered, live, in TV broadcast. The Children of Shanti join the ride for the last seven kilometers and at its end each child is gifted with a bicycle.

The ride goals

Fundraising for the Children of Shanti House

Raising awareness for Shanti House

Raising awareness of cyclists’ safety

All donate to the House: shanti.org.il

Like every society, Israel faces internal challenges. There are 330,000 youth at risk in Israel. We cannot help everyone but in the case of Shanti House, one child at a time will suffice.

At Shanti House they believe that you cannot protect these youth at risk from what happened to them in the past but you certainly can give them the power to move forwards and achieve their dreams.

Pack up your bag, join the bicycle ride and bring a smile to the youths of Shanti House.

During the 2006 second Lebanon War, Nurit Greenger, referenced then as the “Accidental Reporter” felt compelled to become an activist. Being an ‘out-of-the-box thinker, Nurit is a passionately committed advocate for Jews, Israel, the United States, and the Free World in general. From Southern California, Nurit serves as a “one-woman Hasbarah army” for Israel who believes that if you stand for nothing, you will fall for anything.