• Jewish Agency Director-General Alan Hoffmann surveys damage to Sderot home hit by rocket

    Jewish Agency Director-General Alan Hoffmann surveys damage to Sderot home hit by rocket

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  • Tami Shadadi shows remnants of the Grad rocket that hit their house to Jewish Agency Director-General, Alan Hoffmann, and Director of Emergency Responses, Ofer Baram

    Tami Shadadi shows remnants of the Grad rocket that hit their house to Jewish Agency Director-General, Alan Hoffmann, and Director of Emergency Responses, Ofer Baram

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  • Demolished wall of an apartment in Kiryat Malachi, where four Israelis died in a rocket strike from Gaza

    Demolished wall of an apartment in Kiryat Malachi, where four Israelis died in a rocket strike from Gaza

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  • Demolished wall of an apartment in Kiryat Malachi, where four Israelis died in a rocket strike from Gaza

    Shattered windshiend of a vehicle outside of a Kiryat Malachi apartment, where four Israelis died in a rocket strike from Gaza

    Dave Bender
  • Bloodstained mattress in destroyed Kiryat Malachi apartment, where medics treated a toddler wounded by a rocket fired from Gaza. Four Israelis died in the strike

    Bloodstained mattress in destroyed Kiryat Malachi apartment, where medics treated a toddler wounded by a rocket fired from Gaza. Four Israelis died in the strike

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  • Baby's crib and shrapnel-shattered window in Kiryat Malachi apartment, struck by a rocket fired from Gaza which wounded a toddler and killed four Israelis

    Baby's crib and shrapnel-shattered window in Kiryat Malachi apartment, struck by a rocket fired from Gaza which wounded a toddler and killed four Israelis

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  • Damaged contents of Kiryat Malachi apartment, struck by a rocket fired from Gaza which killed four Israelis, and wounded others

    Damaged contents of Kiryat Malachi apartment, struck by a rocket fired from Gaza which killed four Israelis, and wounded others

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  • TV crew broadcasts from demolished Kiryat Malachi apartment, hit by a rocket fired from Gaza, which killed four Israelis

    TV crew broadcasts from demolished Kiryat Malachi apartment, hit by a rocket fired from Gaza, which killed four Israelis

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Jewish Social Action

Jewish Agency aid helps family after rocket hit

A Sderot family was devastated by a direct rocket strike on their home

SDEROT, ISRAEL - Yaron said the ground shook in an immense blast when the rocket's exploded.

The bombardment from the Gaza Strip took place during the IDF's Pillar of Defense air operation in October, 2012, aimed to quell previous months of indiscriminate rocket fire at civilians, cities, towns and villages.

“But we always hear explosions,” Yaron said of the earth-rattling booms, as salvos hailed down over Israel's southlands and as far north as greater Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

Terror from the skies hits home

More than 10,000 missiles fired by Gaza terrorists have slammed into Sderot and surrounding areas for more than a decade. But luckily, none had hit the Shadadi's home - yet.

However, when the family ran outside to see where this particular rocket crashed to earth, they were shocked to see their neighbors pointing back at their own house.

The rocket left a meter-wide hole in their roof. While it missed a crucial supporting beam by centimeters, it demolished their eldest daughter's bedroom and all her belongings. Luckily, the 22 year-old was away at college in Ashkelon at the time of the attack.

Ofer Baram, representative of The Jewish Agency's Fund for Victims of Terror, soon arrived at the Shadadi's to ensure that financial aid would reach the family within 48 hours.

The money will go towards treating their traumatized daughter, and replacing her belongings, while later funds will go towards repairing the structural damage to their home.

“Thank you, thank you,” the still visibly shaken daughter said to Baram, as he arranged the administration of the funds.

Tami volunteers at a local clinic, where she herself assists area individuals and families cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and related ailments caused by the intermittent rocket attacks.

In the days following the strike, and despite her own family's trauma, Tami went back to volunteering, still helping others cope.

Helping other Israeli trauma-stricken families

The Jewish Agency’s Fund for the Victims of Terror is supported by donations from the Jewish Federations of North America, as well as by foundations and donors across the globe.

The fund provides material assistance to terror victims, with average emergency grants at $1000 USD per person, and are intended to help residents with their initial recovery.

Yaron said the ground shook in an immense blast when the impacting rocket's payload detonated.

The bombardment by Palestinian terrorists took place during the IDF's intensive Pillar of Defense air operation in October, 2012 against Gaza rocket launching crews. The foray's some 1,500 sorties were themselves meant to quell previous months of indiscriminate rocket fire at civilians, cities, towns and villages.

“But we always hear explosions,” Yaron said of the earth-rattling booms, as salvos of steel rain from Gaza hailed down over Israel's southlands and as far north as greater Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

Terror from the skies hits home

More than 10,000 missiles fired by Gaza terrorists have slammed into Sderot and surrounding areas for more than a decade, leaving death and destruction in their wake. But luckily, none had hit the Shadadi's home - yet.

However, when the family ran outside to see where this particular rocket crashed to earth, they were shocked to see their neighbors pointing back at their own house.

The rocket left a meter-wide hole in their roof. While it missed a crucial supporting beam by centimeters, it demolished their eldest daughter's bedroom and all her belongings. Luckily, the 22 year-old was away at college in Ashkelon at the time of the attack.

Ofer Baram, representative of The Jewish Agency's Fund for Victims of Terror, soon arrived at the Shadadi's to ensure that financial aid would reach the family within 48 hours.

The money will go towards treating their traumatized daughter, and replacing her belongings, while later funds will go towards repairing the structural damage to their home.

“Thank you, thank you,” the still visibly shaken daughter said to Baram, as he arranged the administration of the funds.

Tami volunteers at a local clinic, where she herself assists area individuals and families cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and related ailments caused by the intermittent rocket attacks.

In the days following the strike, and despite her own family's trauma, Tami went back to volunteering, still helping others cope.

Helping other Israeli trauma-stricken familes

The Jewish Agency’s Fund for the Victims of Terror is supported by donations from the Jewish Federations of North America, a well as by foundations and donors across the globe.

The fund provides material assistance to terror victims, with average emergency grants at $1000 USD per person, and are intended to help residents with their initial recovery.

28 Jan 2013 / 17 Shevat 5773 0
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Margot Saffer is an olah chadasha writing from Jerusalem for The Jewish Agency, Margot holds degrees in English, Media, and Psychology (cum laude), and a MPhil in Life-Writing. Her poetry, prose, journalism, and academic work have been published in three languages, on four continents. Her interests are social activism, giving voice to minority populations, and personal profiles.