HISTORY

How One Family Began

One Family began with a selfless act by one twelve-year-old girl. Michal Belzberg was preparing for her Bat Mitzvah in Jerusalem when a suicide bomber struck the crowded Sbarro restaurant in the city's downtown. The attack murdered 15 and wounded 130 Jewish men, women, and children. It was the most deadly attack in Jerusalem since the beginning of the Intifada in September 2000. In the wake of such sorrow and destruction Michal felt she could not hold a celebration, so she cancelled her Bat Mitzvah party in order to contribute the party's funds to victims of the attack. In addition to that, she encouraged friends and family to give the victims everything they planned on giving her. Michal and the Belzberg family raised over $100,000, but quickly realised that was not nearly enough to address the suffering of the growing number of Israelis affected by terror. In that moment, One Family was born. Since its inception, One Family has grown into a large volunteer-based non-profit organisation providing much-needed assistance to thousands of terror victims throughout Israel on a daily basis.

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