Welcome To Operation Restoration
The only American 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to purchasing abandoned or substandard urban properties, and renovating them into affordable and attractive in-town rental housing for Israel’s neediest citizens.
This one-of-a-kind project is unduplicated by any other charity. Operation Restoration stands alone in recycling Israel’s waste places for low-cost refugee rentals, benefiting both the people and the land.
Tax- deductible under U.S. law, the organization is also a licensed “amutah” (non profit) in Israel. Gifts go directly to house disadvantaged immigrants with nowhere else to turn. The need exists; the solution exists. All that’s required is further funding. See how to help them today….
Operation Restoration began in the early 1990’s, with the work growing quickly. Foundations, congregations, and individuals have enthusiastically responded to the non-profit’s unique, ecological approach to refugee rental housing, where older, urban properties are renovated into affordable rental homes for Israel’s neediest.
Our volunteer international director comes from a background of residential renovations. She holds a university degree in Jewish History, speaks Hebrew, and has lived in Israel periodically since1977. Her grandparents came to the U.S. following the Russian Revolution, helped in their journey by benevolence, as well. While residing in Jerusalem on a study sabbatical during 1991’s first six months (as the Gulf War raged), this idea was conceived upon seeing the poor conditions in which the immigrants lived: rags stuffed into broken windowpanes, mildew grew in damp apartments, holes gaped in crumbling plaster walls. Landlords charged exhorbitant rental fees, since Israel offers no widespread apartments for lease.
She realized that disadvantaged newcomers could not manage to fix-up what few rental homes were available, and could not manage to buy, either. With her renovation experience, our director understood how private-initiative rehab projects would dramatically improve the lives of olim (new immigrants to Israel). Attractive and affordable in-town housing places the refugees close to schools, stores, language classes, and employement opportunities, giving them the building blocks to begin a productive life in a newland–Eretz Yisrael.
Operation Restoration’s managers and assistants come from the ranks of both native-born Israelis and immigrants. They can well relate to the hardships faced by newcomers. Team members speak Hebrew and Russian, and love to help in tangible, lifechanging ways. We invite you to give a donation today and be a part of rebuilding of properies and lives.