Blue Bell Temple Provides Negev Town With Bomb Shelters

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A Blue Bell synagogue raised $60,000 to purchase two portable bomb shelters for a town in the Negev.

Tiferet Bet Israel of Blue Bell tore a page out of the Rolling Stones' canon with its mitzvah heroics for Israel by giving them shelter: Working in conjunction with the local Jewish National Fund, the synagogue donated two portable bomb shelters to Halutzah in the Negev.

Over the past month, the congregation collected enough money for one $30,000 shelter from a general fundraising campaign, and the other through $10,000 contributions from three members who requested to remain anonymous.


The announcement of the contributions was made at Shabbat services on Sept. 5, also attended by Marina Furman, representing JNF, which she serves as regional director.

Tiferet Bet Israel Rabbi Joshua Kalev spearheaded the idea and collection for the bomb shelters.

That wasn’t the congregation’s only recent act of tzedakah for Israel. Congregant Matt Zucker recently returned from a solidarity mission for Israel with Kesher Tours, toting 60 pounds of synthetic wicking clothing that he donated to IDF soldiers.

The congregation is now moving on to another philanthropic project for Israel. Rabbi Kalev says they're now in the planning stages of funding underground blood centers under the aegis of the Greater Philadelphia Area Region of American Red Magen David for Israel.

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