Efrat Development Foundation Usa
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190 Willis Ave % Meltzer Lippe Goldstein & Mineola NY 11501 USA
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I would NOT support this organization EVER / at all. They are absolutely horrible.
First of all, in israel, abortion is only legal under certain circumstances, which all seem to me valid and extenuating. A woman must get a permit.
From Wiki: "Abortion in Israel is legal under certain circumstances, with the approval of a committee for pregnancy termination. Approval for an abortion in Israel by a termination committee is given if the woman is unmarried, because of age (if the woman is under the age of 17 - the legal marriage age in Israel - or over the age 40), the pregnancy was conceived under illegal circumstances (rape, statutory rape, etc.) or an incestuous relationship, birth defects, risk of health to the mother, and life of the mother."
Various bodies, among them Mishpacha Hadasha ("New Family"), have attacked the organization. The central complaint is that the religious stance of the organization supports the protection of the pregnancy at almost any price and can make both mother and child miserable, such as in cases of teen pregnancies, or pregnancies that involve medical danger....
Another criticism was that the organization would station women outside offices where abortion permits are issued, with the aim of appealing to women visiting the offices. ...
In 2012, Efrat "ambassadors" were criticized for encouraging a pregnant teen not to have an abortion, because the teen couple later attempted suicide.
Religious Zionist rabbi Benny Lau has launched a scathing attack on the Israeli anti-abortion organization Efrat and its supporters within the establishment.
Brainwash’ abortion group targets UK
By Marcus Dysch, October 31, 2013
An Israeli anti-abortion group accused of “brainwashing” and driving girls away from their families is now targeting British women.
Efrat, a deeply controversial organisation in Israel, has taken a stall at Sunday’s Jewish Living Expo at Wembley Stadium.
And its founder, Dr Eli Schussheim, has told the JC that he is coming to “raise awareness and funds”.
Israeli modern Orthodox Rabbi Benny Lau in January accused Efrat of acting “irresponsibly” and using “extreme” language to pressure pregnant girls.
Critics claim it discourages them from telling their parents about their situation while offering financial incentives to reconsider a decision to have an abortion.
In the most serious case, teenager Raz Atias was killed by police last year while they were trying to thwart a suicide pact between him and his pregnant girlfriend.
The girl’s sister later said that she felt that Efrat volunteers had brainwashed her into not discussing her pregnancy with her parents.
An undercover report in Israel in 2012 filmed an Efrat social worker telling a girl not to inform her parents that she was pregnant. She told her: “You have loads of time to tell, if you decide to continue with the pregnancy.
“Keep it to yourself in the meantime, ok? They [your parents] won’t see it on you even for another four to five months.”
Speaking to the JC, Dr Schussheim denied any involvement in either case and claimed the death of Mr Atias “had a positive impact”. He said: “We received a huge amount of publicity, raising the profile of our organisation.”
Efrat claims it has helped avert 50,000 potential terminations in Israel in the past 30 years.
Fertility expert Professor Lord Robert Winston, who will speak at the Expo, said he was unaware of Efrat’s work which “carries no weight in Britain”.
Dr Schussheim defended the organisation’s tactics: “When the child is born, we send to her home all she needs in the first couple of days — a bed, pram, clothes, and every month the family receives food, diapers and all the other basic provisions until the baby is two.
“I’ve never told a woman not to have an abortion. We allow the woman to do whatever she wants to do. We are the most liberal organisation there is.”
Maidenhead Synagogue’s Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain said: “It is right for women to consider all options when thinking about abortion, but it is wrong for them to be pressurised… Some of Efrat’s track record indicates they have an agenda that may not be in the woman’s best interests and screams out ‘handle with care’.”
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I first heard about Efrat a few years ago and didn't look into it much, thought it was nice and gave my $18 proudly. This year I learned what they really do & it's out of this world! Everyone one the staff has a heart of gold. They don't judge, they just give! They give both money and thier time towards families who can not afford the child they are exspecting. If not for Efrat, many Jewish babies will be aborted or brought in to stressful homes. Efrat even supplies family therapists to help welcome this child into a healthy home! The things they do are unreal. They save lives everyday and even keep up with the families that they helped. They should get our help and support for all the great things that they do~
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
I donated a tenth of my income to help save a child and when the child was born, a copy of the birth record and the baby'd photo was mailed to my house along with a personal thank you card. I can even say how rewarding that was for me!
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
They don't beg for money, they just tell you what they do and hope you help in whatever way you can.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
Just the warmest, kindest people.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
Not only give mother's another option aside from abortion, it would also help families that need the money. Children don't pick the homes they come from, they don't deserve to suffer for no reason.
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