Zahal Shalom is sponsoring a spring boutique to support Israel’s disabled veterans at Congregation Beth Sholom in Teaneck on March 22 from 6 to 10 p.m. Vendors will have a wide range of items for sale, including jewelry, active wear, personalized gifts, handbags, table linens, accessories, giftware, and even walking tours. The boutique will raise funds to bring 12 disabled Israeli veterans to Bergen County this summer.
Zahal Shalom was created in 1993 by a group of people from Bergen County shuls and Jewish organizations. It is part of an overseas program that traces its origins to the Six Day War and involves two Israeli organizations, the Zahal Disabled Veterans and Beit Halochem. Each year the group brings 10 disabled Israeli war veterans to Bergen County for two weeks; they are hosted by local volunteer families. Their itinerary includes educational programs, social events and sightseeing as well as a trip to Washington D.C. Host and buddy families often have never visited Israel; they learn about life in Israel from the visitors, and frequently plan a trip to Israel after the delegation departs. The soldiers are inspired and healed through interacting with the host and buddy families. The warm and long lasting relationships forged from this experience create familial bonds that last many years.
For vendor information, email Tali Blum at email@example.com. For event tickets, go to zahalshalom.org.