Amaliah In The News

Our founder, Moti Kahana, turns 50!

February 28, 2018

Jerusalem-born businessman and philanthropist, worked as a NYC taxi driver after completing his IDF service, started and sold several companies in the automotive field, Mordechai (Moti) Kahana turns 50... 

Israeli-syllabus school set up in Syrian area controlled by armed groups

September 05, 2017

Businessman Moti Kahana, a former Israeli air force soldier who holds dual Israeli-US citizenships, is the head of the organisation behind the schools. He hopes that the syllabus will entrench a different perspective about Israel and that pupils will go on to study in Israeli universities. “In this way,” Kahana explained, “we hope to change the popular Syrian position towards Israel.”

Battered by Harvey, Houston’s Jewish Community Braces for Punishing Clean-Up

August 30, 2017

Amaliah, a humanitarian group that has worked with Syrian refugees in Israel, said that it was “now on the ground working with the Texas National Guard to provide gasoline to power generators in hospitals and private homes, while distributing aid such as food, diapers and bottled water to makeshift shelters around the city.”

The rescue team includes Syrian and Israeli volunteers who met in the Israeli hospitals where Syrian refugees have received medical treatment. “After so many years of working together to help the Syrian people, a bridge was built between Israelis and Syrians, and together we are going to Houston to help our fellow Americans,” the group’s founder, Moti Kahana, said.

'The Syrians Are My Next-Door Neighbors’

May 09, 2017

Meet Moti Kahana, the Israeli businessman saving lives in Syria.

Moti Kahana, a Jerusalem-born businessman-philanthropist who lives in Randolph, N.J., has quietly rescued members of Syria’s small Jewish community and helped preserve artifacts from the destroyed Jobar Synagogue in Damascus. But he made headlines for forming the NGO Amaliah, which rescues Syrians from the country’s ongoing civil war. The organization’s name means “God’s work” in Hebrew and Arabic.

The ‘never again’ imperative: Why and how Israelis are helping Syrians

January 25, 2017

More than half a decade into devastating civil war, activists say empathy in Jewish state for northern neighbor has soared in recent months. 

The scale of destruction and death caused by the Syrian civil war has struck an old, dark chord in the hearts of many Israelis. For more than half a decade, a war has raged just across the border from the Jewish state, reportedly claiming the lives of nearly half a million souls and driving millions more from their homes.

American and Israeli organizations deliver emergency aid to refugees on frozen Greek island

January 19, 2017

Team from Amaliah and iAID ships to Lesbos 1.5 tons of winter supplies collected from Israelis in just five days 

representatives of Jewish and Israeli non-governmental humanitarian aid organizations arrived on the island of Lesbos, Greece, on Thursday to distribute 1.5 tons of relief supplies collected in Israel to refugees suffering in unexpected snow and sub-zero temperatures.

Standing up to genocide is a Jewish obligation

December 22, 2016

While we’re lighting Chanukah candles in the comfort of our homes, children are being slaughtered in Syria. Even though Syria is Israel’s enemy, even though Syria has repeatedly tried to destroy Israel, we feel for the innocent Syrian victims of genocide.

That is what the war in Syria has become: genocide. If the following does not qualify for that supreme expression of evil, what does?

Meet Moti Kahana, the Israeli Saving Syrian Lives

December 21, 2016

This week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Israel is looking into ways to bring in wounded Syrian civilians, especially those from Aleppo, for treatment Israeli hospitals.

It’s an effort that is already underway in Israel, a country that is technically at war with Syria, in part thanks to the work of Moti Kahana.

EXCLUSIVE: That Time Steve Bannon Tried to Arrange a Trump Visit to the Golan Heights

November 17, 2017

After a warm impromptu welcome from Israel’s ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer, Steve Bannon may have found another Israeli defender.

Moti Kahana, an Israeli-American businessman who has spent the past five years working on humanitarian relief for Syrian refugees, is willing to vouch for the former Breitbart chief, who, according to Kahana, not only has a warm spot for Jews and Israelis, but was also keenly interested in getting his boss, Donald Trump, to support a Syrian relief plan.

On a one-man mission to help the Syrians

November 13, 2016

Israeli Moti Kahana has funneled $2.2 million from his own pocket into helping Syrian victims of the ongoing civil war, hoping to nurture good neighbors.​

Jewish organization helps Syrians receive treatment in Israel

September 26, 2016

The Amaliah organization brings Syrians to receive medical treatment in Israel, and helps them understand that Israel isn't the enemy.

Syrian children brought to Israel for treatment

September 21, 2016

With the ceasefire deal collapsing and the UN's inability to get aid into Syria, the Amaliah organization is doing all it can to aid Syrians in need; 'It is difficult to erase decades' worth of hate, but we have to at least show who we really are. We can be proud that our country does what no other country does.'

“Israel finally agreed to allow in three types of aid:

July 27, 2016

For the first time since the Syrian civil war began, Israel’s government authorized the delivery of humanitarian aid into Syrian territory near its border. “Israel finally agreed to allow in three types of aid: medical, educational and food,” said Moti Kahana, a businessman and founder of the NGO Amaliah, who sold his company in 2010 and since then has been using his own money to aid the Syrian rebels.

Will Israel create safe zone in southern Syria? - Al Monitor

July 26, 2016

It began in May with the announcement of an Israeli liaison unit to coordinate with Syrian residents living in opposition-held territory in southern Syria, followed by the distribution of Israeli aid during Ramadan across 35 villages in the same area. Then on July 11, the Israeli army deployed several bulldozers and a tank 300 meters (328 yards) inside Syrian territory in Quneitra and began digging, threatening to shoot anyone who approached them.

The Campaign to Create a Refugee 'Safe Zone' on Israel-Syria Border - Haaretz

March 15, 2016

Israel has almost missed its chance 'to do the right thing,' Israeli-American businessman tells Haaretz, as he tries to rally support for a preemptive humanitarian plan.

Israeli businessman aims to save Central Synagogue of Aleppo

February 13, 2016

After saving countless Syrian Muslim lives, and smuggling the last Jews in Syria out of the country to safety, Israeli businessman Moti Kahana is now focusing his efforts on saving the site of the famous Aleppo codex.

Syrian opposition leader pushes for buffer zone near Israel border - Jerusalem Post

February 19, 2016

After saving countless Syrian Muslim lives, and smuggling the last Jews in Syria out of the country to safety, Israeli businessman Moti Kahana is now focusing his efforts on saving the site of the famous Aleppo codex.Israel can provide humanitarian supplies, help create field hospitals, says Kamal al-Labwani in Jerusalem visit.

Syria’s ‘destroyed’ ancient synagogue is still intact

December 22, 2015

New photograph provided to Times of Israel appears to show interior of 2,000-year-old Jobar shul largely undamaged; Torah scrolls said to be safe


The stunning tale of the escape of Aleppo’s last Jews

November 12, 2015

It How Israeli-American businessman Moti Kahana arranged a secret operation to transport the Halabi family from Syria to Turkey, and why one member is ineligible to make aliyah alongside her mother and sister


Jewish Family Flees War-torn Syria and Settles in Israel

July 03, 2014

After Escape facilitated by Israeli-American businessman Moti Kahana and coordinated with the Jewish Agency, the Immigrant Absorption Ministry and Israel Flying more:

Rescuing the last Jews of Aleppo

November 28, 2015

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Who Will Save the Remains of Syria’s Ancient Synagogue?

June 02, 2014

After Surrounded by a propaganda war and rebel fighters, Damascus’ Jobar synagogue has now been largely destroyed, but its media fame has dangerously inflated the value of its remaining more:

From Aleppo To Israel: The Struggle To Save A Jewish Family

December 03, 2015

It was a secret rescue operation in Aleppo, Syria — a mission to save a family who, to protect their identity, are being called the Halabis.


Businessman who rescued the last Jews of Aleppo was inspired by Yad Vashem

November 05, 2015

After Moti Kahana is not your average businessman.He has considered turning the story of his life — from Jerusalem foster home to multi-million pound fortune in New York — into a book, but for the moment the 47-year-old is focusing his attention on the Middle East.

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