Michael Cherney's Fund Helps to Keep Jerusalem United

By Michael Cherney Foundation, PRNE
Tuesday, May 17, 2011

TEL AVIV, Israel, May 18, 2011 - MCF is continuing in assisting various cultural, humanitarian and
charitable projects that are so vital to Israel's advance. One of such
projects is publication of a pamphlet by a non-profit, non-partisan
organization "Keep Jerusalem" (www.keepjerusalem.org) which is
dedicated to educating people about the importance of a united Jerusalem
under Israeli sovereignty.

MCF, together with "Keep Jerusalem", feels that there is a great need to
replace distortion of the realities with basic facts, which support Israel's
right to sustain Jerusalem as her united capital.

One organization that enjoys continued assistance from MCF is "Meeting
Place" and now it is expanding its network of training groups. The idea
behind "Meeting Place" is gathering different Israelis - secular and
religious, men and women - around classical Jewish texts. This month two new
study groups were started: a group for the study of Jewish mystical texts -
the book of Azriel and the Zohar (which take place in Jerusalem) and a study
group which is being held in a peripheral and somewhat under-developed city
of Lod, making it a significant educational and cultural contribution to that
area. Regular groups for study of the Talmud and tales of Rabi Nachman are
continuing as well in Jerusalem.

Another activity that "Meeting Place" organizes is ascends to the Temple
Mount to hold Bar Mitzvah celebrations. With assistance from MCF and a large
preliminary work and advertising, the idea for this is catching on. One such
celebration of a bar-mitzvah took place for a Russian boy from the Zacharias
family. The ascend was attended by more than 20 people, including six
children of various ages, relatives from America as well as the crew from
Channel 9 TV (Israel). Such ascends will help stimulate interest in the
subject of Temple Mount for the wider secular Russian-speaking Israelis.

A non-profit organization "Pri," which also enjoys prolonged support from
MCF, put on a play "The Wanderer," which premiered at Pesach. The play is a
story of a traveler who gets into different situations and learns the lessons
of life experiences, love and wisdom.

The performers themselves invented and created decorations, costumes and
took part in developing the script. The performance involved both children
and adults. The audience reacted very vividly to the play, which turned out
to be a lively, creative and dynamic holiday! After the play children were
presented with gifts.

MCF strongly believes that cultural and educational programs such as
these have an enormous positive effect on Israel's growth and development.


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