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Causes: Judaism, Religion

Mission: The corporation is organized to enhance the quality of life for individuals residing in the town of efrat, located in israel, by raising funds and providing donations to various charities and organizations that are located in efrat that focus on improving the quality of life of efrat's residents and which are organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, literary or educational purposes, and for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals, within the meaning of section 170(c)(3) of the internal revenue code, and to help publicize the need for such funds and assistance, and for the charitable purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3).

Programs: Donations to efrat development foundation, israel, for various social welfare projects including purchases of books and equipment for elementary schools and kindergardens, programs for youth at risk, child development and food distribution.

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Rating: 1

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.[1]


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’.”


Review from Guidestar



Rating: 5

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~