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From: zbeitchman@hotmail.com To: JewishMiami.org/community post Subject: New Arts and Crafts For Israeli Children. Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2012 18:49:33 +0000

Dear Jewish Commnuity I need your help or rather the Israeli children in Israel's Southern Region need your help.Would you help me collect new art supplies for children who go into bomb shelters and children who are traumatized from being under constant rocket attack and the threat of a rocket attack.Art therapy has been used to treat trauma I will hand carry the supplies to Israel and the JDC distributes them.[see attached letter].It could be a great school project.I will be leaving for Israel on February 12th.I've done this project as you can see before and it is very sucessful and needed.Thank you for your consideration and the Israeli Children of the Souther Region thank you. Shalom, Dr. Zev Ben Beitchman786-303-4422

To Whom It May Concern,

Thank you for your inquiry about donating arts & crafts supplies, as well as your generous past donations. We have repeatedly found that children forced to spend long hours in bomb shelters cope much better if they can pass the time creating art instead of focusing on their fear. Additionally, parents and educators are able to use the supplies to teach and to coax the children into speaking about their feelings, fears and experiences.

We of course hope for peace. But unfortunately, it is certainly possible that in the future children will once again need to spend extended periods in bomb shelters, so donations are of the utmost importance. Thank you for offering to help. Your efforts are appreciated by JCD and the children of Israel

Best Regards,

Anat Danis

Director of Israel & Overseas Partnerships,

Elka & the Division for Volunteerism and Philanthropy

JDC-Israel

Local psychologist helping Israeli children

January 26, 2010|By Sergio Carmona, Staff Writer

When Dr. Zev Ben Beitchman, a Clinical Psychologist from Miami Beach, visited Israel last year, he brought with him six full duffel bags of art supplies to distressed children living in bomb shelters as a result of the Gaza crisis. When Beitchman revisits the state on Feb. 24, he will continue the program through the Joint Distribution Committee since there are still rockets landing in Southern Israel.

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