Messianic organization urges believers: Adopt, foster vulnerable children in Israel
KehilaNews.com, Kehila News Israel Staff
Oct 24, 2018
An initiative that is going nationwide this year intends to bring awareness to the plight of orphans and foster children in Israel and to encourage believing families especially to provide them with loving and nurturing homes.
Orphan Shabbat, an initiative of the HaTikva Families department of HaTikva Project, is the local adaptation of Orphan Sunday, part of an international organization based in the United States. While the event last year was hosted by one local congregation, this year leaders are hoping several congregations will dedicate a full weekend to shedding light on the dire situation of at-risk children in Israel.
“The orphan is kept out of view from the public. We want to say through this initiative, ‘We see you and we will care for you,’” a HaTikva Families representative told KNI.
According to HaTikva Families, some 367,000 children in Israel are classified as at-risk. Approximately 10,000 children have been removed from their homes by the Ministry of Welfare and only 25 percent of those have been placed in foster families.
“People don’t realize how great of a need there is,” HaTikva Families said. “We are using Orphan Shabbat as a platform to really campaign, primarily to the local Body of Messiah, but we are targeting society in general and the Jewish diaspora.”
While the main push of HaTikva Families is recruiting families for adoption and foster care, the organization is an advocate for child welfare and is partnering with other nonprofits that have similar missions.
Orphan Shabbat is scheduled for Nov. 10 and 11. It purposely rolls over into Sunday so that religious Jews who observe Shabbat will be able to connect the following day. HaTikva Families provides resources to congregations and organizations that want to get involved and ideas for teachings and Bible studies that relate to the issues of adoption and caring for at-risk children.