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Ahawah = Love, Ahava = Love
The Los Angeles community was fortunate enough to have a recent screening of the movie, AHAWAH: THE CHILDREN OF AUGUST STREET, presented by the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival. The film is a documentary that features our Ahava Village for Children & Youth, a residential center in Kiryat Bialik for children age 6-18 coming from high-risk home situations. The campus is home to children who receive personalized care, support and training which enables them to overcome severely dysfunctional backgrounds. Ahava began educational and therapeutic work with Jewish children over 80 years ago in Berlin. Since that time, thanks to the mission of Bnai Zion, it has helped thousands of children and youth in Israel. The director of Ahava, Yoav Apelboim, interviewed in the film, gives very important information about Ahava and the significance of our work at this project.
Present at this wonderful event were the Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles, David Siegel, and the newly arrived Los Angeles Consul General from Germany, Hans Joeges Newmann, who was joined by other dignitaries from the office of the German consulate in Los Angeles. Also in attendance were the director and producer of the film, Nadia Tenge and Sally Musleh Jaber, along with the director of the Warsaw Jewish Film Festival, Magda Strehlau. Our beloved David Siegel spoke first-hand about the incredible importance of Ahava Village for Children & Youth, and its connection to this film. It was especially heart-wrming to hear from Consul Newman that for the past 50 years Germany has developed an excellent relationship with Israel. An added treat to this beautiful evening was hearing remarks from one of the amazing residents of AUGUST STREET who now resides in Los Angeles, Engelina Billaur, joined by Manya Breuer. We are deeply grateful to Hilary Hilstein, Executive Director of LA Jewish Film Festival, for including Bnai Zion in this evening.
At the present time the government of Israel has requested that ‘safe rooms’ be constructed for each of the 18 apartments at AHAVA VILLAGE.
The Bnai Zion Western Region opened its doors in 1975 with a few dedicated members. Since then it has grown to include hundreds of active members and continues to grow.
We help support those in the greatest need in Israel. We sponsor and support homes for mentally-challenged adults at the Quittman Center at Israel Elwyn on Jerusalem’s Israel Elwyn campus. Ahava Village for Children & Youth at risk in Kiryat Bialik is another project we are pleased to support. We are proud of our contributions made to the Bnai Zion Medical Center in Haifa that was on the frontlines of the Second Lebanon war in 2006, and which has been voted the number one hospital of choice in northern Israel for eight consecutive years.
We hope you will become active in Bnai Zion and support our life-transforming work.
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