Closed Borders Open Hearts

February 5, 2021

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With all the new restrictions in place, it has become increasingly difficult to help people who need to travel to Israel for various reasons. Amudim received a call late one night about a very tragic situation, where a young child had passed away and the parents wanted to bring him to his final resting place in Israel and to accompany their son’s body for the funeral and burial.
With tremendous help from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the state of Israel, the Ministry of the Interior, and the Ministry of Transportation, the humanitarian committee in Israel approved the entrance for this couple to travel with their child and bury him in Israel.
As the airport was closed in Israel, additional permission was required to find an appropriate route to allow this to take place. With the help of Hatzolah Air, we were able to successfully arrange for transportation from the United States to Jordan, and then have an Israeli based aircraft meet the parents in Jordan and take them to Israel. They then followed the same route to return to the United States so as to sit Shiva appropriately.
When tragedy strikes or a crisis arises requiring compassion and “outside of the box” solutions, Amudim is there.
May we only share happy occasions.

WEEK ENDING: February 5, 2021
131 New Amudim Cases Opened This Week

Weekly Case Chart
Each week, Amudim fields calls covering a wide range of crises and addressing various human concerns, including addiction, depression, abuse, health and domestic emergencies and many others. We track the calls and breakdown of issues for many reasons, foremost of which is to consistently improve and strengthen our knowledge and ability to address community’s needs.


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As of now, and for the foreseeable future, there are no passenger flights from the USA into Israel, or from Israel into the USA.
Entry permit applications to enter Israel, may not be submitted at this time.
For those that need to leave Israel – in the case of a true emergency – there may be limited options, please email us for up-to-date information.
In cases of death and burials, there are options for the deceased person only, but not for family members to go along. You can either contact the funeral home you are using or email us for assistance in these matters.
There are continuous policy changes happening, we will keep updating as frequently as we can. 

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Watch as Amudim Presents Sichas Chulin Shel Talmid Chacham: A Conversation Between A Talmid And Rebbe With Rabbi Efrem Goldberg And Harav Hershel Schachter Shlit’a from the Unite To Heal Campaign. Visit to learn more and to support the important work of Amudim. This presentation is sponsored by The Grand Healthcare System