Through One Family’s international twinning program called Adopt-a-Family, communities and individuals around the world are embracing families by building relationships with them, and partnering with us in our work to help improve their quality of life. This is the most practical form of solidarity and giving. Nothing is more meaningful to those who have suffered the tragic effects of terror attacks. Through a careful process that takes into consideration the character of both the supporting community and the families in Israel, Adopt-a-Family creates a match that provides the families in Israel with a partner in life to provide long-term financial and emotional support. The community provides financial support of an agreed amount each month for a specific period (usually 12-24 months), and OneFamily provides the mechanism for maintaining contact with the family, getting updated information on their condition and their financial needs. In addition, the community is encouraged to provide emotional support by forming a friendship that often means as much to the victims as the financial assistance they are receiving.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Twinning

Involvement and responsibility are a major component of Jewish identity – our own, and our identification with our brethren all over the world. Such identification is extremely important as a young Jewish person matures into an adult. As you celebrate your Bar or Bat Mitzvah, you are in essence joining the Jewish nation, with all the responsibilities and privileges that brings. And your involvement in Jewish life begins in earnest. Sharing your Bar or Bat Mitzvah with a child who has been harmed by terrorism is an amazing way to show your involvement and your sense of responsibility. It is the perfect way to show your areyvut with others your own age. And the OneFamily Fund Bar and Bat Mitzvah Twinning Program is the perfect way to do this. The OneFamily Fund is the central organization providing comprehensive assistance to victims of terrorism in Israel. Among the assistance we provide is financial help to pay for the costs of a Bar or Bat Mitzvah celebration for a child harmed by terrorism. Often, we will arrange and host the celebration at our Jerusalem Center. But we can’t do it without the support and involvement of other Bar or Bat Mitzvah kids around the world. We need your help! For a donation, you can twin with a Bar or Bat Mitzvah kid in Israel. You will receive a profile of the boy or girl you twin with, and addresses, phone numbers and email addresses will be exchanged. We encourage the “twins” and their families to remain in touch, and when your family visits Israel, we arrange for you to meet with the family of your twin. The OneFamily Fund’s Bar and Bat Mitzvah Twinning programme has proven to be very meaningful for its participants as well. “Meeting Amit and his family puts my own problems into perspective,” one boy said after meeting his “twin” in Jerusalem. “After hearing about how he lost his father, and how his grandfather’s home was destroyed, I realize that my own problems are not that serious. I’m glad I was able to help him, and it was great meeting him.”

One Family's Big Brother / Big Sister Programme

OneFamily’s Big Brother program pairs university students with younger teens and children who have been victimized by terrorism, or who have lost at least one parent. Big Brothers commit to spending at least 4 hours a week with their younger partners, helping with homework, social issues, and serving as a role model for them when they need it most -- during the difficult adolescent period which they must undergo with the added suffering that comes from their unique situation as victims of terrorism. We host weekly local Big Brother encounters, monthly regional events, and quarterly national events, providing a much-needed outlet for the young victims, and a helping hand as they try to adjust to their new circumstances while getting on with their lives. Elad and Asaf were paired a few months ago, and have been meeting twice a week ever since. They spend a lot of time playing on the computer, drawing pictures and painting (which Elad particularly loves), going to movies and sometimes bowling. A very close bond has developed between the two, and Elad feels a lot of security when he is with Asaf. Perhaps this is the reason that this time, Elad wasn't scared to come – together with Asaf, it is less frightening...

Youth Camps

The cornerstone of the One Family Youth Division’s activities are camps held for 300 young victims between the ages of 10-16, three times a year. Most of the kids who come to us are teens whose parents or siblings have been injured or killed. Some have been injured themselves. The camps are divided into three, one for boys, one for girls, and one mixed, and are run during the summer and the Chanuka and Pesach holidays. Young terror victims from OneFamily's Boy's Camp Chanukah 2005 in Eilat During the rest of the year, counselors and staff maintain contact with the participants of the camps, ensuring that one-on-one contact with each teen victim continues, and that there is always someone they can turn to for help. A young terror victims rapelling at OneFamily's Chanukah 2005 Camp If you would like to take steps to ensure the future of young victims of terror you can help. Please contact us for more information.

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