Efrat Judea, Israel
What is the main focus of your activities today?
1. Lecturing to visiting student and adult groups in Efrat about life in the Israeli Jewish communities situated beyond the 1949 armistice line.
2. Hosting student and adult groups in Efrat for a 4-day program, “Shabbat in Efrat,” including lectures, local touring and full 25-hour Shabbat home hospitality with local families.
How long have you been doing that?
For more than 25 years
What are some of the successful related programs or projects that you have done this year and in past years?
The “Shabbat in Efrat” program constantly receives high written reviews from participants.
How did you get to where you are today?
I began meeting with visitors in Efrat during the 1990s when I was an elected member of the Efrat town council. One group led to another, even after my term as a councilman terminated. The “Shabbat in Efrat” program developed from my realization that many of the groups with whom I was meeting wanted and needed more than a short visit and lecture.
What is your “testimony”?
The People Israel have returned to the Land of Israel exactly as spoken of by the Prophets of Israel. We wish to share our blessings with the world. Our community is special, our homes are open, and our families welcome all.
Thousands of children have suffered from the trauma of terrorism. Every child, if he hasn’t been wounded himself, has a family member, a friend, a neighbor, or a teacher who has been killed or wounded in a terror attack. The trauma is that real and that deep.
After the attack, and after witness the pain of so many other attacks, the vision of the Shiloh Israel Children’s Fund was born. The idea of giving thanks to the Almighty by healing the psychological trauma of so many others was a concept that needed to be actualized. The mission is to heal the trauma of children who are victims of terror, and to restore at least some of the lost innocence of childhood to their lives, as they build for the future in the biblical heartland of Israel.
The unique blending of therapy with faith-based education in a loving environment has become the trademark of Shiloh Israel Children’s Fund. In addition, a wide variety of recreational programs have been established serving children and youth in the greater Shiloh region and throughout Samaria.
As an outgrowth of these activities, David Rubin has become an unofficial spokesman for Israel around the world through his six books, along with his articles and media appearances in the United States, Canada, Israel, and elsewhere.