The signs that says it all – "The Yad L'Achim Family" – on the main entrance to the center that has become a central address for survivors
With the opening of a new center for Jewish girls rescued from relationships with Arab men, Yad L'Achim has raised the bar in its pidyon shvuyim efforts.
The center, located in Jerusalem but servicing all of Israel, offers a wide range of programming for these young women, and their families, as well as for women who are particularly vulnerable to entering into such devastating relationships.
In one program, dozens of survivors meet once a week for a group session that is conducted by a professional who helps them talk about the challenges they've faced since being rescued from the Arab village, and offers inspiration and support.
At midnight, at the conclusion of every activity, the survivors recite together the beautiful prayer "Nishmas kol chai," as well as chapters of Tehillim to express their gratitude for having been delivered from the village. They also offer a prayer asking for continued strength in their struggle. The idea of concluding each meeting in this way came from the women themselves.
On the eve of Shavuos, the center held workshops devoted to preparing for the holiday, including an inspirational talk on the meaning of Matan Torah, as well as a session on baking cheese cake and dairy products. At the conclusion of the evening, each woman received a cheese cake to take home for the holiday.
The center also features informative evenings for parents of girls who are at high risk of getting involved with Arabs. During these evenings, survivors of Arab villages and their mothers tell their personal story, detailing the weaknesses and vulnerabilities that led them to stumble. Lecturers on behalf of Yad L'Achim give the parents ideas and tools for coping with the problem, in an attempt to head it off.
In addition, a series of lectures is offered on the Jewish home, specially geared to the world of survivors of the village.
A Yad L'Achim official noted with satisfaction that "the new center represents another layer of Yad L'Achim's commitment not to give up on even a single Jew." He expressed the hope that it would help save even more lost souls and bring them back to their origins.