Mass arson  swept through Israel  in November, 2016 , leaving 566 families whose homes were completely destroyed

That arson has disappeared from any news coverage, anywhere, leaving  people to assume that people who lost their worldly possessions to arson have been “taken care of”.

Yet the ashes of the November arson  simmer, especially with  families  who face a total loss of their homes and all of their belongings.

These families cope with a new  reality, which is that even if they collect something from insurance or the Israel Ministry of Defense, their  losses will hardly be recovered, let alone the strain that they now experience.

The time has come for each synagogue in Israel or abroad to consider sponsorship of at least one family who rendered homeless from arson.

The sponsoring synagogue would help each family in their  time of need, economically and spiritually, as each family looks to a better day.

As an experienced community organizer with a degree in social work, I offer my services as a “shadchan” between arsoned families and synagogues willing to sponsor a family at this time.

I will put the family directly in touch with the synagogue.

People are welcome to help me in this task.

All  aid will go directly to the arsoned families, with no go-betweens. .

Do you know of a synagogue willing to sponsor a family whose home was arsoned?

This is a request for 566 shuls to sponsor 560 families during their recovery.

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David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: and A new site,, will be launched very soon.