I am writing to give you an opportunity to make a difference by supporting a very special cause.
After a 25 year break from riding a bike, please G-d, I am joining the Alyn charity ride for the first time, which is taking place this year from October 27th to 31st. The ride benefits the Alyn Hospital in Jerusalem, which provides intensive physical rehabilitation for children with severe disabilities.
Alyn is as remarkable as it is inspiring and has become a world leader dedicated to the intensive rehabilitation of infants, children and adolescents with the most severe disabilities resulting from trauma or disease. Alyn treats children tethered to respirators, with limb deformities, muscular dystrophies, spinal and head injuries, severe burns and more. Their world-class staff of physicians, nurses and therapists work every day to create a better life for these children. (more…)
EKT Meets with MK Dov Lipman
Eddie's Kosher Travel CEO David Walles with MK Lipman
Our CEO is at it as usual, standing up for the interests of Jewish travelers. In a meeting this week with MK Dov Lipman, he brought up the issue of the planned new tax on tourists.
"The government is planning to start imposing an 18% Value Added Tax (VAT) on tourists,” David Walles, CEO of Eddie’s Kosher Travel told The Media Line. “I think it’s a huge mistake."
Walles said that during the recent Passover holiday, his company brought some 2500 Orthodox Jews from abroad to hotels in Israel for the holiday. That alone generated millions of dollars in money spent in Israel, he said, and imposing VAT could easily deter these visitors.
In the news: Kosher Travelers Donates Torah to IDF Iron Dome Unit
Iron Dome Anti-Missile
Israel National News
"...The joyous dedication ceremony took place on a base in Central Israel on Tuesday in the presence of the outgoing Chief Rabbi of the Israel Air Force, the IAF's Acting Chief Rabbi Rav David Levin, a Commander of the Iron Dome unit, IYIM Israel President Ceec Harrishburg, IYIM Executive Director Daniel Meyer, Rabbi Eitan Perez of the Iron Dome unit, as well as officers and soldiers. The singing and dancing reached a peak as the Sefer Torah was placed into the empty Aron Hakodesh.
"The scroll was dedicated by Mr. David and Mrs. Chana Walles, family and friends in memory of all the brave IDF soldiers who have sacrificed their lives in the defense of Israel on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of their business, Eddies Kosher Travels."
"...dedicated by David & Chana Walles to the Iron Dome anti-missile unit, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of their premier tour company Eddie’s Kosher Travel. David states that “giving a Sefer Torah to the IDF is of special significance to my family as this Sefer Torah will be used on a daily basis by young men who have devoted their formative years to defend those of us living in Israel. The combination of spiritual strength and physical might is in my mind, the secret of the IDF’s success in defending Eretz Yisrael, and why we at Eddie’s Kosher Travel decided to back this project and show our appreciation. We encourage others to follow…”