How OneFamily Began
OneFamily began with a selfless act by one twelve-year-old girl.
Michal Belzberg was preparing for her Bat Mitzvah in Jerusalem when a suicide bomber struck the crowded Sbarro restaurant in the city's downtown. The attack murdered 15 and wounded 130 Jewish men, women, and children. It was the most deadly attack in Jerusalem since the beginning of the Intifadah in September 2000.
In the wake of such sorrow and destruction Michal felt she could not hold a celebration, so she cancelled her Bat Mitzvah party in order to contribute the party's funds to victims of the attack. In addition to that, she encouraged friends and family to give the victims everything they planned on giving her.
Michal and the Belzberg family raised over $100,000, but quickly realized that was not nearly enough to address the suffering of the growing number of Israelis affected by terror. In that moment, OneFamily was born.
Since its inception, OneFamily has grown into a large volunteer-based non-profit organization providing much-needed assistance to thousands of terror victims throughout Israel on a daily basis.
Philosophy of Giving - We are OneFamily
OneFamily provides direct financial, legal, and emotional assistance to victims of terrorism in Israel
OneFamily is Israel's central address providing personalized care and support to all victims of the recent terrorism in Israel.
OneFamily is the family member every victim wishes they had: listening to their problems with a sensitive ear; giving because we want to, based upon need, not institutionalized criteria; and maintaining ongoing, unconditional one-on-one contact.
OneFamily forges a sense of family among all the survivors: helping each other, learning from each other, and drawing strength from each other.
OneFamily provides the family network for world Jewry to express and actuate their natural sense of brotherhood by facilitating direct contact, relationships, and interaction between survivors and world Jewry as individuals, communities, and organizations.
For more information, please see the OneFamily Fund website.