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The advance warning systems failed.

No alarms sounded.

A bomb landed in Orel’s backyard!

These are the stories we hear from the teenagers living in Israel at the border of Gaza.

We know you share with us the feelings of dread and helplessness as we hear stories of ongoing violence and terror in Israel. We visit Israel and meet young people similar in every way to our own children. These teens lives have been devastated by hatred and violence and it breaks our hearts.

But there is a way for you to make a difference. Open Hearts Open Homes is a program through the JCC of Northern NJ to help bring comfort to Israeli teens affected by terrorism to our community for the summer. Twenty teens are selected to experience hope and healing during three weeks each summer.

Please help us make this 19th summer an outstanding one for these Israeli teens, like Orel, and our community.

If you have any questions about Open Hearts Open Homes or are interested in hosting an Israeli teen this summer, please contact Elana Prezant at (201) 805-2004 or [email protected]

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