A compassion outreach on the frontlines of Israel

 

Hands of Mercy International is a humanitarian relief organisation dedicated to providing comfort and practical support to families and individuals experiencing trauma, crisis, poverty and social disadvantage in Israel and around the world. We are mobilising the love and concern of caring individuals throughout the world to provide a practical source of encouragement and hope in the lives of vulnerable individuals facing crisis and disadvantage. Please join with us and bring comfort to those in need here in Israel and abroad.

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How we are making a difference

Assistance to individuals and communities affected by war and terrorism

Since 1992, Hands of Mercy has been actively assisting individuals and families victimised by suicide terrorism and war throughout Israel, including many victims of the horrific wave of suicide terrorism during the 'Second Intifada'. Between 2009 and 2021, 'Hands of Mercy' operated 'Tents of Victory', a humanitarian outreach center established to assist vulnerable members of the small community of S'derot, which has endured years of relentless rocket fire from the neighbouring Gaza Strip. In 2022, in response to the dire situation of Ukrainian civilians trapped in areas of armed conflict in the Russia-Ukraine war, Hands of Mercy has courageously began to participate in civilian evacuations and other front-line humanitarian work in Ukraine, in partnership with the German charity 'House of Hope'.

Outreach to youth at risk
Moved by compassion after frequently hearing the tragic stories of young people who have taken their own lives or died of an overdose, the Hands of Mercy team has decided to open the Adullam outreach center for youth at risk in the heart of Jerusalem in 2019. The outreach center had been serving as a safe haven for young people in crisis between 2019 and 2021, through providing emergency accommodation, community meals and activities, and individual and peer to peer support. After closing the Adullam outreach center, the 'Mercy team' continue to care for at risk young people through outreach work via regular support groups, as well as individual support to young people in crisis.
Street outreach
Hands of Mercy's dynamically expanding street outreach brings practical demonstrations of G-D's love to street people and slum dwellers in some of the most desperate and disadvantaged neighbourhoods of Tel Aviv and Beer Sheva. At least once a week, enthusiastic teams of young volunteers bring food and hot drinks, blankets and coats, along with words of compassion and encouragement to some of the most broken and marginalised individuals in Israel, including young and old street dwellers, drug addicts, criminals, sex workers and undocumented migrants.
Rehabilitation and crisis preparedness
Our founder Yeshi Reinhardt had a long-term vision to establish a sustainable farming project which could serve as a place of long-term healing and rehabilitation for the vulnerable people we serve, as well as a resource to achieve sustainability and preparedness for the difficult days ahead.
Inspired by Yeshi's vision and the Biblical example of Joseph, we are preparing to launch 'Adullam Farm', a place of refuge and healing for traumatised and vulnerable people. 'Adullam Farm' will teach and practice sustainable, high-tech food production methods, with a vision to become a resource for sustainable humanitarian food distribution. We are developing this project for a witness and blessing to Israel as we enter days of unprecedented challenges.