By Sacha Roytman, CEO of the Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM):
In the heart of Israel, amidst the turmoil of the current war, lies the serene Perach communal village — an unexpected haven of hope and unity. This remarkable community stands as a testament to human resilience and the spirit of solidarity. Designed as an ecosystem for people with special needs, it offers a nurturing environment to those often marginalized by society.
During my visit today, I saw the village has become more than just a sanctuary for its regular residents. In times of peace, it serves as a home for those who lack the familial support most of us take for granted. However, in recent weeks since the Oct. 7 Hamas attack in southern Israel, it has transformed into a beacon of light for others in dire need as well.
In this village, traditional divides melt away. The residents and staff, of all religious and cultural backgrouns, coexist harmoniously with a singular purpose — to uplift the lives of those with special needs. This shared compassion and commitment are the glue that binds them, especially in these challenging times.
With the war displacing countless Israeli families, Perach, with backing from CAM’s Israel Emergency Support Fund, has taken on a pivotal role in rising to the moment and making sure no one falls through the cracks . For the first time, the village is hosting special needs evacuees from conflict-stricken regions. These visits, even if for a mere day, offer a respite from the horrors of the war.
Village residents, often on the receiving end of care, now find themselves in the unique position of being caregivers themselves. This role reversal, a manifestation of their growth and mental fortitude, was deeply heartwarming to observe.
The village’s efforts to help those impacted by Hamas’ violence go beyond this as well. In collaboration with the Perach village, the Israel Emergency Support Fund has also facilitated the establishment of a new residence to will provide shelter to special needs children from southern Israel.
In moments of crisis, it’s often challenging to ascertain our role and how we can best contribute to improving the situation. Today, I stood witness to the profound difference the Israel Emergency Support Fund is making in areas where many have been unable to reach. I want to express a heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you who has donated and will continue to support this noble cause.
If you have not done so yet, you can contribute to the Israel Emergency Support Fund HERE.
For more information on the broad array of organizations being helped by the Israel Emergency Support Fund, please see: CAM Israel Emergency Support Fund Update: More Than $1.1 Million Already Distributed to Organizations On the Ground