NOV 10-11, 2018

Orphan Shabbat - Global initiative to raise awareness for the orphan and vulnerable child


Will you stand for the fatherless?

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The Orphan Crisis in Israel

The OVC (orphan and vulnerable child) crisis in Israel is particularly complex. Due to political, social, and cultural factors, the vast majority of orphans and at-risk children reside in institutions, left without a permanent family.

There are over 365,000 at-risk children in Israel.

More than 10,000 children have been removed from their homes by the Ministry of Welfare, only 25% of those children are in foster care.

Couples wait an average of 5 years to adopt a child and only 120 successful adoptions occur each year.

We’re not all called to do the same thing,
But we can certainly all do something.

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Everyone can do something

Orphan care can be intimidating. Many people do not have the time or resources to foster or adopt and believe that, because of their limitations, they can't do anything. However, YOU HAVE A VOICE and that voice has the power to engage others in reaching out to those in need around you.


As an individual, it is often hard to see what one person can do for orphans on their own. Yet each person has the potential to be an agent of change to bring hope to children in need. Here are a few ways you can care for orphans and vulnerable children:

  • Become a regional coordinator for Orphan Shabbat. Make a commitment to be the local voice by reaching out to educate others on Orphan Shabbat and the excitement surrounding this day. Use your entrepreneurial skills to suggest, enhance and develop ideas.
  • Provide meals for families who are fostering or have adopted children.
  • Volunteer to serve at a home for orphan or vulnerable children every month or even every week.
  • Volunteer your skills to serve in the orphan crisis. Whether you’re a cook, cleaner, financial planner, or graphic designer, connect with people and organizations that would gladly make use of your skills.
  • Consider hosting, fostering, or adopting a child in need.
  • Commit to praying for orphaned and vulnerable children. Invite people from your community to join you.

As community leaders - whether a rabbi, local council committee member, entrepreneurial influencer, etc., you have a unique platform to share the love God has for the fatherless. Whether on Orphan Shabbat in November or on a midweek gathering throughout the year, here are a few ideas of how to speak out on behalf of orphaned and vulnerable children:

  • Lunch & Learn in the workplace or community center to present orphan care related issues and local and global needs.
  • Host a fundraiser to raise support for a local foster or adoption initiative.
  • Pray with your synagogue for orphans and vulnerable children in your community and around the globe, as well as for the families in your community who have welcomed them into their homes. “A Prayer for Orphans” at the end of the toolkit could be a place to start.
  • Invite someone to share their adoption story with your community.
  • Propose a resolution to your community, business, or synagogue affirming your stance to care for orphaned and vulnerable children.

"Take up the cause of the fatherless." - Yeshayahu 1:17

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