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Join AFYBA’s Mission in Israel during Yeshiva Week to Witness the Aftermath of Oct 7th

Going to Israel During Yeshiva Break Week? Join AFYBA In Israel as They Take the Lead in Providing Vital Support 

The American Friends of Yeshivot Bnei Akiva (AFYBA) is proud to announce its unwavering commitment to the critical initiative: ‘AFYBA Supports War Efforts in Israel.’ This movement is dedicated to fortifying the nation during these challenging times, standing in solidarity with Israel. As part of this endeavor, AFYBA invites Americans visiting Israel in January to enhance their trip for one day and participate in a special AFYBA Mission experience. To register and for more information contact

Scheduled for January 22nd and 23rd, these AFYBA-hosted one-day events will emphasize values such as Solidarity, Brotherhood, and Ahavat Yisrael. The primary objective is to demonstrate AFYBA’s deep care for Soldiers, Bnei Akiva students and staff, the wounded, hospital staff, and evacuated residents from border cities.

Jack Gourdji, the Executive Director of AFYBA, expressed his hopes that those who join this mission will return to the USA as personal witnesses of Israel’s current situation, fostering a stronger connection with the AFYBA family.

These events will also provide a unique opportunity for visiting Americans to connect with Israeli families undergoing immense hardship, ensuring they do not feel alone in these trying times.

The trip is open to all visiting Israel during this period, whether as individuals, families, or groups. The two available dates, January 22nd and January 23rd, will include the following activities:

  1. Visit to Army Bases near the Southern border.
  2. Tour of towns and villages affected by recent events.
  3. Visits to schools converted into Army Bases.
  4. Meetings with representatives of hostage families.
  5. Visits to hospitals to engage with survivors of terrorist attacks.

“The war has significantly impacted AFYBA schools and the lives of our students and their families, but our students remain resilient, doing what is right for the country while maintaining their education through Yeshivot Bnei Akiva,” said Jack Gourdji, Executive Director of AFYBA.


Transforming Tragedy into Unity: AFYBA’s Immediate Response

Recent violent incidents have left numerous families shattered. Recognizing the urgent need for unity and assistance, AFYBA has initiated key efforts to provide aid and strengthen national security. These initiatives include:

• Creating Sanctuaries: AFYBA-affiliated schools have transformed into sanctuaries, offering refuge to displaced families affected by terror attacks. These facilities provide essential support, including food, shelter, and daily care to individuals of all ages.

• Educational Adaptations: With schools repurposed for relief efforts, AFYBA students have transitioned to online learning and are actively involved in agricultural efforts, showcasing their resilience and dedication.

• Military Support: Yeshiva Bnei Akiva Eli has been repurposed as a military base to support Operation Swords of Iron. AFYBA is investing in advanced military equipment, including ceramic bulletproof vests, helmets, and drones, to enhance the military’s capabilities against terrorist threats.

AFYBA appeals for global solidarity and requests support for the vital endeavors they have created. Every contribution, regardless of its size, can make a profound difference in these testing times.

“We deeply appreciate everyone’s compassion, solidarity, and unwavering support. Your contributions to AFYBA   to fortify our mission to stand steadfastly with Israel during this crisis remains of the utmost importance.,” expressed Jack Gourdji, Executive Director of AFYBA.


Day 1 leaving from Jerusalem: January 22nd / Day 2 leaving from Jerusalem: January 23rd

  • Agriculture 
  • Visiting one of the communities attacked October 7th. 
  • Lunch
  • Visiting one of our schools that became a military base.
  • Visiting injured Chayalim in hospital. 
  • Traveling back to Jerusalem. 



Founded in 1939, AFYBA has evolved into a network of 70 Torah educational institutions across Israel, serving over 24,000 students from diverse backgrounds. Renowned for their blend of religious and secular studies, AFYBA schools consistently excel academically and promote inclusivity. The organization’s commitment to social responsibility and national service is evident through its students’ active participation in IDF and national service programs.

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