Ilana Shimoni | The Library at Chavat Gilad

Eight years ago, we received an old caravan from the neighboring town of Kedumim as a gift, which we renovated with help from friends of Havat Gilad in Israel and from Texans for a Safe Israel and other friends from around the world. We turned an old caravan into a library filled with books for children and adults. The library offers a wide range of fiction books and books on topics of culture and Jewish interest. There are also games in the library for children’s enjoyment. The library is located in the center of the town, and is a pleasant place to relax, read, and for parents and children to spend quality time together.

We always appreciate donations of funds for the library so that we may update our collection and perhaps one day move it from a caravan into a permanent building with better electrical wiring and more room for books, computer, and community meeting space.

Ilana Shimoni | A Sukkot Message from Chavat Gilad

Shana Tova from Chavat Gilad!
As the families in our community sit in our Sukkot, we are thinking with such joy and gratitude how Hashem is the One Who provides everything we need…and how it is only Hashem Yisborach, our blessed G-d, Who preserves any of us and keeps us safe. But we remember King David’s words in Psalm 118: Hashem is with me in my helpers.

Ilana Shimon with some of her children in their family Sukkah in Chavat Gilad in the Shomron (Samaria) region of Israel.
6The Lord is for me; I shall not fear. What can man do to me? ויְהֹוָ֣ה לִ֖י לֹ֥א אִירָ֑א מַה־יַּֽעֲשֶׂ֖ה לִ֣י אָדָֽם:
7The Lord is for me with my helpers, and I shall see [revenge] in my enemies. זיְהֹוָ֣ה לִ֖י בְּעֹֽזְרָ֑י וַֽ֜אֲנִ֗י אֶרְאֶ֥ה בְשֹֽׂנְאָֽי:
8It is better to take shelter in the Lord than to trust in man. חט֗וֹב לַֽחֲס֥וֹת בַּֽיהֹוָ֑ה מִ֜בְּטֹ֗חַ בָּֽאָדָֽם:

Sitting in our Sukkot, we take shelter in Hashem.

But since our kind friends have asked what we may need, I will tell you that before winter arrives…and the rain starts pattering on the windows…we must urgently pave the roads in the community.

  1. We would like to repair the entrance road to the community that was badly damaged last winter.
  2. We need to pave the road next to the daycare center, so that the residents can bring their children safely.
  3. We need to pave the roads that lead to the remote sections of the community so that residents can reach their homes.

We have received two price quotes and need $50,000 for this project. if any money is left, we will also pave the road that leads to the women’s mikveh.

With love for the land of Israel and its residents. With love and appreciation for the friends of Chavat Gilad all over the world.

Feel free to ask me any questions. Dedication opportunities are available.

May you be blessed!
Ilana Shimon

ZAKA | Israel’s NGO Emergency Rescue and Recovery Organization

A ZAKA Rescue and Recovery team at the scene of a stabbing attack in Jerusalem’s Old City. One volunteer can be seen cleaning the blood spilled from Jewish murder victims.
According to Jewish custom, all blood and body parts must be buried in dignity because this body housed God’s holy spark. ZAKA volunteers perform the grim and holy task of searching meticulously to collect shards of shattered limbs and to reverently collect every drop of Jewish blood spilled at murder scenes and after terrorist attacks.
ZAKA also travels to every country on the planet to provide search and rescue efforts, as well as all manner of relief and support.

ZAKA Chairman Yehuda Meshi-Zahav: “ZAKA, as a UN-recognized international humanitarian volunteer organization, considers it a moral obligation to offer help and assistance to all those in need, regardless of religion, race or creed, when their country is overtaken by disaster. This is part of our mission to sanctify the divine name and Israel around the world.”

Rabbi Jeremy Gimpel | Israel Inspired

Last August, 2017 we were delighted to host Rabbi Jeremy Gimpel and two of his young sons, Levee and Akiva. Jeremy and his good friend, Rabbi Ari Abramowitz , IDF commander and soldier, became a team years ago when they hosted TUESDAY NIGHT LIVE IN JERUSALEM. Today they produce ISRAEL INSPIRED RADIO AND TV. You can also find them at the LAND OF ISRAEL.COM.

Jeremy Gimpel is an educator, politician and presenter of “Israel Inspired,” a podcast that has had 12 million views on YouTube. He is also the Deputy Director of the World Mizrachi Movement.

There is so much to say, and there is an abundance of material on the Internet. but

PLEASE WATCH THE SHORT FILM ABOUT THEM….entitled ASCEND THE MOUNTAIN WITH ARI AND JEREMY…link below. This was produced by award winning director, David Kiern (who has also been a guest of Texans for a Safe Israel here in Granbury…

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There is a short 5 min. video about the Center…ELECTRIFYING A HILL IN JUDEA – A BUILDING MANDATE.

Mike Isley | Texans for Israel

I want to give credit to a man who has been more than a friend to our Texas group for Americans for a Safe Israel. His name is Mike Isley, President of Texans for Israel. Mike and his partners (Texas for Israel) have done much to strengthen Israel. I cannot tell you the help and encouragement he has given me. So many of the people I know today are the result of having a friendship with Mike Isley.

I am including a link for “Who We Are” from their website so you can meet the principals as well as see the wonderful work they do.

Mike and his partners have also created an internet TV site: ISRAELTVNETWORK.TV.

This is a wonderful way to see the LAND OF ISRAEL. My favorite channel is Col. John Sommerville’s. John, who has also been guest and speaker in our home. I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND if you are a lover of THE HISTORY CHANNEL…you will love these videos about certain of our Presidents… the most unlikely characters in the world to have become President.…no one thought they would ever be President of the United States…yet…in the Providence of God they became President and they were pivotal in supporting the State of Israel.

Jodi Anderson & Battalion of Deborah

Since April of 2014 Jodie Anderson, Battalion of Deborah, has worked tirelessly with me to create joint events for Battalion of Deborah and Americans for a Safe Israel.

Jodi first went to Israel with a church group in the early 90’s. She was back the next year with 4 more women.They just rented a car and took to the road…all roads..political lines made her no difference. From those humble beginnings Jodi and Keith created THE BATTALION OF DEBORAH and to date have led 30 Israeli trips.

Keith and Jodi have been honored by the Knesset, spoken at the Knesset, made friends with many elected officials, as well as officers in the IDF and, for lack of a better word, the common people of Israel who they see as the real heroes and heroines of The Land. Their help has been specifically targeted toward the fledgling communities of Judea and Samaria. They made friends where ever they go…Christians with no agenda but to encourage and give strength to the brave pioneers of the Bible Land. This is the lessons they teach on their tours. I have to add that they never left the IDF out. Her tours would always include army bases…sometimes putting on IDF uniforms…cleaning toilets…painting walls…cleaning tanks or equipment…but always…always with encouragement and love to the soldiers…”we love you and you are important to us!”.

As Americans for A Safe Israel representative in Texas…I was a late comer. Jodi and Keith tilled the soil for a “SAFE ISRAEL”…A “WHOLE ISRAE”L for a good 15 years before I was ever involved in hosting events. Let me say this…she has been a rock, an anchor, a sounding board for me…a GREAT ENCOURAGER…few understand the sensitive issues of bringing Jewish people to speak to Christian groups. Here in North Texas things have changed drastically this past decade……..but that change is really due to one woman…and her relentless love of the Land of Israel and The Jewish People….Jodie Anderson, my sister and friend in a common calling