job applicants for each advertised opening! According to an Israeli
daily, Yediot Ahronot, Nov. 17, 2003, the economic recession is widely
reflected in both the number of job applicants per opening and the high
level of education of the applicants for jobs that require a
high school diploma. That is the depressing situation in Israel today.
was therefore especially delighted to meet with so many Israel
supporters during the UJC General Assembly in Jerusalem this
week. Representing small businesses, non-profits, kibbutz
industry, Israel Info-Access met with visitors to Israel, who through their purchases for corporate and
fundraising events, make such a difference to Israel.
Meeting with Shelly and Jerry in Jerusalem is but one example.
Their week-long stay was packed – they were participating as delegates
to the GA, they were visiting their daughter who is studying on a
one-year post-high school program, they were exploring the Dead Sea, Tiberias, the Negev region, and of course, Jerusalem, and
they were here to SHOP! Not only for themselves but also for their
Passover hotels. Their goal is to stock their two Passover hotel
sites with made-in-Israel goodies and we were on the spot to help them with that
mission. While they had always had a few Israeli items at the Passover
hotels, two years ago they made a strategic decision to support Israel
by searching out and importing custom-made items to give their guests: specialty foods, matzas, jams, tea, wines, candies
and chocolates, matza covers sewn by Ethiopian women, and totes
designed and sewn in Jerusalem, are just some of the items they import
by the container-full. It may sound like a drop in the bucket,
but in effect, they are making a real contribution to help turn around
the economic recession. The reality is that orders, large and small, impact on the economy, preserve and/or
create jobs. Israel Info-Access is proud to be a supplier of
customized Israeli-made goods for them.
We also met Linda and George who were looking for Israeli products to
give out favors, centerpieces and flowers for a large fundraiser they
are chairing. They loved the idea of giving lemon essence bottles
cultivated and processed on a kibbutz to give as favors – especially
since each would be given in a velvet pouch that is personalized with
the event name date and logo. In addition, they’re thinking about
importing the dried centerpieces and fresh flowers that we showed them.
We were particularly delighted to meet with several people interested in sponsoring Simchat HaLev.
Simchat HaLev trains and employs medical clowns who work in conjunction
with medical staff in Israeli hospitals on the children’s
wards. As medical clowning is new to Israel and not yet available
to all hospitalized children, Israel Info-Access in conjunction with
Simchat HaLev has produced a children’s story to help empower children.
The book enables them to view themselves as well children with a
medical problem rather than as sick children.
The prototype for the book is complete, and Simchat HaLev is now
seeking schools, synagogues and community groups to sponsor books. The
goal is to
give each of the 10,000 children who are hospitalized annually a gift book.
Text by Judith Isaacson