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Central Region

Chabad Victims of Terror Project

In partnership with more than 230 Chabad Centers stretching across the length and breadth of Israel, Chabad’s Victims of Terror Project offers support and comfort to victims of terror and their families by providing financial, spiritual and emotional assistance as needed. Chabad’s Terror Victims Project includes a network of emergency response teams that intervene with victims and their families within hours after an attack and continues with long term, community-based assistance.

Colel Chabad Soup Kitchen

Colel Chabad is the oldest continuously operating tzedakah (charity) organization in Israel. It was established in 1788 by Rabbi Shne’ur Zalman of Liadi, founder of the Chabad Lubavitch movement and its purpose is to help the most destitute residents of Israel in a manner that preserves their dignity. Colel Chabad operates sixteen soup kitchens throughout Israel.

Dialogue in Darkness

This unique experience takes place totally in the dark/ absence of voice and sound, led by an expert guide. You are invited to join a journey of exploration without using your sense of sight/ hearing and relying instead on your other senses. Your perspective and sense of appreciation are bound to be profoundly affected.

Jaffa Flea Market

Begun as one of many small bazaars that surrounded the clock tower in the midnineteenth century, the Flea Market’s main street is Olei Zion but spreads onto a number of smaller streets and arcades.

Kfar Chabad

The Chabad-Lubavitch village in Israel, Kfar Chabad, was founded by the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, in 1949. The first settlers were recent immigrants from the Soviet Union who had survived World War II and Stalinist oppression. Kfar Chabad, which is located about five miles south of Tel Aviv and includes agricultural lands as well as numerous educational institutions, serves as the headquarters of Chabad in the Holy Land.

Palmach Museum

Unlike a “regular” museum, you will not find any artifacts or documents on exhibition. Instead, you are invited to join a group of young idealists who take up arms to protect the Jews of Palestine. Commonly known by their acronym “Palmach” or “Striking Force”, these fighters served under the British against the Nazis and later formed the backbone of Israel’s defenses during the War of Independence. Some of the more famous members include Yitzchak Rabin and Hannah Senesh. Through use of film and stagecraft, you experience the arduous training undergone by recruits, the close friendships, bloody battles, and painful loss of comrades-in-arms.

Sderot

Sderot, situated in the western Negev, is less than a mile from the Gaza Strip and the Palestinian neighborhood of Bet Hanoun. Originally founded next to a transit camp for new immigrants from Kurdistan, Morocco and Romania, the city now boasts over fifteen thousand residents including immigrants from the former Soviet Union and veteran Israelis. Since the outbreak of the Second Intifada in 2000, Sderot has fallen victim to thousands of Kassam rockets from terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip, making life unbearably difficult for the residents. While many fled the city, the majority have chosen to stay together with their families and stand valiantly on the forefront of Israel’s war on terror. There has been a considerable decrease in rocket fire over the past year since Operation Cast Lead.

Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv rose from empty sand dunes just about a century ago, when Jewish families moved there from the overcrowded nearby port city of Jaffa. The center of modern Israeli commerce and culture today showcases urban living with its hi-rise architecture, art galleries, museums, and beaches.

The Givati Brigade

The Givati Brigade was originally founded in 1947. In 1956, after the Sinai Campaign, the Brigade was discontinued as part of IDF reorganization. In 1983, in light of the Peace for Galilee campaign, there was a need for additional infantry forces in IDF’s combat alignment.

The Givati Brigade- the very same brigade which faced the Egyptian military during the War of Independence. The first commander of the Brigade was Colonel Yehuda Duvdevani. The newly established Brigade was based upon the ‘Shaked’ Battalion, the remnant of the legendary ‘Shaked’ elite unit. The unit was established in 1958, and their action area was the Southern Command. The Shaked Battalion was later joined by the Tzabar and Rotem Battalions, and four units under the Brigade’s jurisdiction; the Special Forces battalion, the combat engineering battalion, the anti-tank battalion, and the special communications battalion.

The Scout Battalion

The elite battalion of the Givati brigade was established in 1983, after the battalion’s status changed from a reserves battalion to a battalion whose majority are soldiers in their regular enlistment service. The Givati Elite is one of the most active special units of the IDF, and among the most prominent of all special units.