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MK Nissan Smolanski and Housing Minister Uri Ariel inaugurate the building of housing units.
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Running for the money
The sponsored two-day run from Jerusalem to Eilat benefiting Afikim, the association that helps underprivileged children and their families, kicks off this Wednesday. The event, which includes 16 runners, has won over an important supporter – Yossi Heyman, CEO of the Jerusalem Municipality. Heyman, himself a marathon runner, was taken with the idea of the sponsored run and decided to join forces with the Afikim team. Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder and president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, is a longtime supporter of Afikim and is also sponsoring the event.

Afikim has eight day centers within regular schools, six of which are in Jerusalem. Children from underprivileged and mostly new immigrant families from Ethiopia and the former Soviet Union receive a daily hot meal and help with homework from certified teachers, together with extracurricular enrichment activities alongside their parents, which include music, theater outings and other cultural activities.

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