Who we are

In recent years, hundreds of assistance and charitable organizations have been created, comprised of people filled with the best of intentions, and they have earned much support as they save Jewish lives on a daily basis. The new approach of “Min Shemaya” is to deal the problem at its source through a direct connection to the person in need of help.

The unique nature of this fund and the reason it was founded is the need for a new style, a different line of thinking, a creative method for helping those in need, and a change in the bureaucratic organizational approach for more direct action on behalf of those requiring our services.

The fund’s founders believe that Alm-ghty G-d has bestowed His Divine Kindnesses upon the Avni family, giving them the privilege of being at the side of those who give their help to the needy. The first step has already been taken, and now you too can join the founders of this important fund. In the merit of this tremendous opportunity, together you can transform the world into a much better place for all.

The Founders

Rabbi Arie Zeev Raskin

Born in 1976, Rabbi Raskin is the chief rabbi of Cyprus and the first rabbi on the island for many years. He moved to Cyprus in 2003 with his wife Shaindel and their children in an effort to introduce Jewish life to the island. He had previously lived in Kiryat Malachi, Israel. In Cyprus, he serves around 300 Jewish families on the island, as well as Jewish travelers and tourists. Rabbi Raskin was officially invested as chief rabbi of Cyprus on Monday, September 12, 2005, at the dedication ceremony for the Jewish Community Center by the Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Yona Metzger, and a representative of the Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks.

Mrs. Irit Avni

Born in 1969, Mrs. Avni is a businesswoman and philanthropist. Together with her husband, she founded the "Min Shemaya" Fund with the objective of bringing greater light and kindness to the world.