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"Moving the Needle" in Eretz Yisrael
by Rabbi Yakov Horowitz

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9/3/15

Dear Readers,

We are very excited to inform you that with Hashem's kindness, we are hoping to "Move the Needle" on child safety again -- this time in Eretz Yisroel.

Over the past 14 months, we were able to honor the request of the numerous Gedolim, Rabbonim, Mechanchim, community leaders and parents in Eretz Yisroel who asked us to produce a Hebrew version of our best-selling "Let's Stay Safe!" child safety/abuse prevention children's book.

The Dov and Nancy Friedberg Hebrew children's safety book "Mah She'batuach - Batuach!" was sent to the printer this week and we hope it will be available in Israeli Judaica/seforim stores in time for parents to read it with their children for Yom Tov.

We will use our email list to inform you when they are available for purchase in the stores. In the meantime, if any heads of schools, Shuls or communities wish to purchase the books in quantity, kindly drop us an email at letsstaysafe@gmail.com.

Child safety materials are most effective when the children identify with the pictures and images as being part of "their lives." With this in mind, we invested an extraordinary amount of time, effort, creativity and money to create brand new content and rhyming text that matches with the surroundings of children being raised in Israeli communities.

Throughout the production of "Mah She'batuach -- Batuach!", we have been in close contact with educators, writers and parents and their children in Eretz Yisroel to make sure our final product would be one that would be culturally congruent with the lives of Israeli children and appropriate for the Tzniyus (modesty) standards of all their homes.

We are gratified that the pre-publication reviews have been extraordinarily positive, and that leaders of major school networks in Eretz Yisroel are developing plans to quickly distribute our book to their students and to hold parenting workshops on personal safety.

We received beautiful letters of Haskama (approbation) from Reb Chaim Kanievsky shlit'a, Rabbis Yehudah Silman, and Shmuel Eliezer Stern shlit'a, two senior Rabbonim and heads of Batei Din in Bnei Brak, and a handwritten letter from Rebbitzen Koledszky, daughter of Reb Chaim Kanievsky.

In fact, Rebbitzen Koledszky requested that we give her the first 10 copies of our Hebrew safety book, right off the press so she can give them to Reb Chaim's married grandchildren for their families!

We are humbled that our Karasick Child Safety Initiative truly "moved the needle" in the English and Yiddish-speaking Jewish world (in addition to the numerous calls and emails we received from parents, informing us that their children were directly saved from possible molestation by reading our safety book, it was noted by the secular media here as being directly responsible for removing a predator from harming children in the classroom). We hope, with Hashem's help, that this book will do the same for Hebrew speaking families as well, by gently opening the conversation about personal safety between parents and their precious children.



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