EFRAT ORGANIZATION SYNOPSIS
EFRAT (www.FriendsofEfrat.org) is an organization for pregnant women in Israel who are considering aborting their pregnancies for a variety of reasons. Of the close to 1,000 women who undergo abortions in Israel every week, there are hundreds whose first choice would be to have their babies, but due to financial or social pressures, they feel they have no choice but to terminate their pregnancies. Close to 50,000 Jewish babies are aborted every year. Many of them would be brought to term if their Jewish mothers had the support they needed.
In an average week in Israel 900 babies are lost to abortions, mainly due to economic concerns; by contrast, Israel loses about nine people a week in traffic accidents and even terrorism, which we all dread, claims an average of less than one person a week.
Founded in 1977 to reach out to Israeli pregnant women in their hour of need, EFRAT gives more then 3,000 women every year the economic confidence to achieve their first choice – to have their babies.
How is this accomplished?
Once the pregnant woman calls and if found to be in real need, three things are offered:
- Packages of food and baby supplies, delivered to their doors every month for a year, including diapers, formula, canned and dry food.
- Free baby equipment, including a crib, bassinet, stroller, baby bath and a baby kit containing blankets, baby clothes, bottles and other items.
- Each woman is matched with one of 3,000 volunteers who provide social support throughout the pregnancy. Many of these friendships last a lifetime.
An Orthodox Jewish publication called B'Sheva, awarded its top honor the “Jerusalem Prize” to the EFRAT organization that helps Jewish women considering an abortion to carry their babies to term.
The reward was given on January 3, 2013 at B'Sheva's annual conference. The honor came on the heels of the release of a letter by Israel’s two chief rabbis, who credited EFRAT for saving the lives of more than 54,000 unborn children over the past 36 years of EFRAT's existence.
In their letter, the chief rabbis said they found "great importance" in EFRAT’s work "in saving the lives of Jewish children." During the 36 years it has been operating, they said, "tens of thousands of babies were saved." In the past year alone, the rabbis wrote, EFRAT saved over 3,000 lives.
EFRAT is your opportunity to gain the merit of saving the life of a child in Israel. The Talmud equates that merit with saving the entire world. Only with the help of people like you is the EFRAT organization able to provide the life-saving support to thousands of Jewish mothers every year.
Your support is so appreciated! Any addition questions you may call the EFRAT’s U.S. toll free number at 1-800-273-4314.
“Whoever destroys a soul, it is considered as if he destroyed an entire world.
And whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world.”
Mishnah Sanhedrin 4:5; Babylonian Talmud Tractate Sanhedrin 37a