Israelis say a prayer for philanthropists

Leaders of Israel’s largest religious seminaries recently held a day of prayer for the financial health of Jewish philanthropists. Nov. 13 was designated a day of prayer and learning in all kollels in Israel, in “a united effort to storm the gates of heaven and plead for the financial health of Jewish philanthropists, so that they can continue to support Torah institutions in Israel,” according to a news release.

Two rabbis organized the day of prayer after several fundraisers returned practically empty-handed from recent appeals in the United States.

In a joint effort, 11 kollels are establishing a fund to directly benefit kollel students. “A philanthropist who gives money can be blessed and earn more,” said Yaakov Segal, assistant national director of a chain of Israeli nursery schools who has volunteered to help manage the emergency fund. — jta