Abbie Salamon - June 2011
With the help of friends and family, Abbie Salamon collects backpacks for children in Sderot and southern cities.
October 4, 2011
Below is an excerpt from a letter (including photos) written by Aviva Tessler, Executive Director of OE, that details how and when Abbie's backpacks were distributed to families in Israel:
Rosh Hashanah is all about "new beginnings" How are we beginning our year before Yom Kippur? Lilach, mother of Liyor, age 7 and Lihi, age 4, is having a difficult beginning; this year. Lilach's husband, Yossi, was killed by a grad missile in Be'er Sheva just one month ago. In addition, Lilach is due to give birth to their third child a few weeks. Currently, Operation Embrace is providing funds that will assist Lilach with extended daycare for the two girls so that Lilach will have more time to focus on her newborn.
Kibbutz Kerem Shalom is located on the border with Gaza. It is also the location where Gilad Shalit was abducted. Families on the kibbutz often spend long days and nights in shelters. OE realized that these brave Israelis often feel isolated. Abbie Salamon, a bat mitzvah girl from Potomac, Maryland wanted to show her love and support for children on this Kibbutz. She collected backpacks for these children. Dani Folkman from Raanana recruited other teens to design Rosh Hashanah cards. Cards and sweets were included in the backpacks and they were distributed before Rosh Hashanah. Abbie and Dani are the latest ambassadors of Operation Embrace.