Jewish couple Josh and Robin Berry from Texas were pro-Israeli activists. At the beginning of the month they were killed in a horrific road accident that left their three little children critically wounded. Now Israel is enlisting help to support the orphans who have been left alone in the world.
Peter (9) and Aaron (8) are in critical condition after sustaining serious spinal cord injuries and are both paralyzed below the waist. Their sister Willa (6) was moderately wounded and has since been released from hospital.
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News of the accident shocked Jewish communities throughout the US – and reached all the way to Israel. The connection between the family and Israel started some time ago but became deeper eight years ago when Josh took part in a young leaders diplomacy seminar organized by the Israeli Foreign Ministry.
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The accident occurred at the same time as this year's seminar. Its participants decided to hold a memorial service for the couple while launching a fundraiser for the injured children.
The tragic events did not leave Israel unmoved. The Israeli Consulate General in Houston took part in organizing a soccer match with all profits from the match dedicated to the orphans' rehabilitation.
Consul Maya Kadosh carried out the coin toss at the beginning of the game and at the end of the match a movie produced by the consulate told the story of the special relationship between the couple and Israel and the commitment Israel felt in helping Jewish families in the Diaspora in their time of need.
"Josh and Robin were enthusiastic supporters of Israel and opened their home to any new Israeli that arrived in town. When we heard of the disaster it was very natural that we would stand by the family at a time when they need us. The parents were pro-Israel activists, now Israel is returning the favor," said Kadosh.
Not just Jews and Israel are coming to the family's aid. Many American celebrities have enlisted to help the children including actors, athletes and artists.
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