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Yeshivat Hesder Sderot

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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: The Yeshivat Hesder in Sderot is Israel’s biggest Hesder serving over 500 student/soldiers. Over the past eight years over 8000 rockets have fallen on Sderot and the Western Negev, but despite the situation, the Hesder continues to grow and flourish. The Hesder is a pillar in the community of Sderot, reaching out to those in need through various types of social and educational programs. The Hesder remains committed to the community of Sderot and will do everything in its power not to let the enemies of Israel turn Sderot into a ghost town. We are committed to helping Sderot grow and flourish despite the Kassam attacks. We believe that the response to the Kassam attacks is to continue to build in Sderot.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have visited the Yeshivat Hesder in Sderot many times, and I;m always impressed by the learning and character of the students. They are obviously happy and welcome all guests warmly. The emotional support that the Yeshiva continues toi give to the community is inspiring. A great place!

11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is truely a great organization, especially the help and support they give to children who are traumatized by the bombs that fall constantly.

11

Client Served

Rating: 5

Rav Fendel works tirelessly on behalf of his institution, students and the people of Sderot. Their bravery in choosing to live in a danger zone that is an undisputed part of Israel (within the Green Line) in order to teach, learn and do good works. The Hesder students not only serve in the army with its inherent dangers but come back to study in this border town in the Negev. In short, an institution deserving of support.

12

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Hesder in Sderot is a true pillar in the community spreading Torah Zionism throughout Southern Israel. Despite living under fire for the past eight years, the Hesder has responded by a. building in Sderot to show Israel's enemies that Sderot will not become a ghost town and b. reaching out to the community through a number of volunteer initiatives. Many of the Hesder student/soldiers are first responders with MDA and often times treat victims of the rocket attacks. To summarize, by supporting the Hesder you are supporting Israel, the IDF, Torah learning, Chesed, and education, all at the same time.

10

Donor

Rating: 5

My son went to visit on his trip to Israel. They were so lovely and welcoming. Rabbi Fendel is great. So are the boys.

4

Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is phenomenal Yeshiva. I spent a shabbat in Sderot and the yeshiva hosted me. It was one of the more moving shabbats in my life. Besides the learning that goes on there, the yeshiva also does a lot for the community of Sderot.

5

Donor

Rating: 5

The hesder yeshivah is a pillar of strength for the jews of sderot, israel and all the world. I visited several times to see all the great community work and learning going on there.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It is providing an anchor for the entire city. At a time when many residents have felt the need to flee for safety from rockets, this yeshiva has not only remained steadfast, but people from other parts of the country and abroad, have chosen to come join them and declare that terrorism will not win!

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Why is this Yeshiva so important to the Jewish people? It represents the best that our Israeli citizens have produced during the history of the State. Its students not only are deeply concerned with the advancement of Torah learning, they also serve in the Armed Forced to protect the country. They are also involved in the culture and society in which they live, by volunteering in many of the activities of Sderot. The leadership of the Yehiva made a very dramatic decision to stay in Sderot despite the day to day danger to their faculty and students. This decision is one of strength and courage, of saying to the enemy, "we are here to stay, and nothing that you do will force us out of our legitimate homes". It is hard to find an organization with so many reasons for continued support. Contributions to this Yeshiva is an investment in the future of our people and our country.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was part of a group that toured the Yeshiva as part of a tour of Sderot. We were greeted very warmly and were very impressed with the caliber and dedication of the rabbis and students we saw learning. The buildings looked very nice; not luxurious, but airy, light and comfortable, conducive to learning.

9

Donor

Rating: 4

I give a certain sum every year. Wish I had more to give. Stands under fire for years and povides a good Zionist and Jewish education to the Negev residents andothers, contributes to the community in Sderot like few others, and doesn't boast of its deeds - just does them.

4

Donor

Rating: 4

I gave the donation over the Internet. Attended the organization's annual dinner. While the dinner was nice, it was not overly extravagant, especially in comparison to other charity dinners in NYC. Therefore the charity used a higher percentage of the proceeds from the dinner to support the school than to feed supporters. That is a very good thing.

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great place. It's admirable that they have really decided to 'give back' to the surrounding community and support the local population during such trying times in the lead-up to Operation Cast Lead.