#ArielHolidayGiving: Hanukkah Edition

American Friends of Ariel is proud to introduce the #ArielHolidayGiving program.

Join our annual giving program to accompany Ariel throughout the holiday seasons around the Jewish calendar.

  • For the High Holidays and Sukkot (throughout October 2016), fund one of our newer projects, the Ariel Student Village. The Ariel Student Village, like the Sukkot holiday, draws residents from across Ariel together. In this program, students from outside Ariel (or even outside Israel) lend a hand to help in dozens of projects in Ariel’s pioneering neighborhood, including helping residents in need, assisting the elderly, and tutoring students from disadvantaged backgrounds – as well as running festive programming throughout the year.
  • Hanukkah (December 25, 2016 – January 1,2017) celebrates the combination of two miracles: the victory of the Jewish Maccabee army over the ancient Greeks in the Land of Israel, and the ability of Jewish education to survive Hellenism (symbolized through light). We, too, seek to honor these initiatives – by funding Higher Education scholarships for discharged soldiers.
  • Purim (March 12-13, 2017) is a holiday of high drama – and you, too, can support our Art and Culture programs in Ariel to continue the Arts among city youth.
  • Passover (April 10-18, 2017) brings Jews together around the world to discuss the past and celebrate our freedom. For decades, we have funded Community Passover Seders to help those who cannot afford to make the traditional meal on their own.
  • Millions of Israelis commemorate Israel’s Holocaust Memorial Day (April 24, 2017) by attending local Holocaust museums nationwide. We in Ariel offer a fully human connection to the Holocaust through the hard work of Irena and Yaakov (Kuba) Wodislavsky (z”l) – the curators of the Holocaust and Heroism Memorial Museum. Irena runs the museum free of charge and is closely involved with local schools.
  • Israel celebrates three days of patriotism throughout the year: Memorial DayIndependence Day, and Jerusalem Day (May 1-2, May 24, 2017). Help honor the founders of Ariel and their tireless efforts to bring Jews back to the Samarian heartland by supporting the Ariel Pioneers Museum and Ron Nachman Legacy Center.
  • Shavuot (Pentecost) (May 31, 2017) celebrates Jews receiving the Torah, or Bible, from Moses and accepting its teachings. To continue that tradition for future generations, we have provided funding for Bar and Bat Mitzvah Training for decades.
  • The Ninth of Av, or Tisha B’av, (August 1, 2017) commemorates  the destruction of both Temples in Jerusalem. Help us support synagogue expansion and construction programs to rebuild and strengthen Jewish life.

Each donation makes a big difference – come be a building block for the Ariel community!