Help Tehilah return home with her boys

Fundraising campaign by Tehilah Simantov
  • US$13,764
    raised of $28,000.00 goal goal
49% Funded
142 Donors

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My name is Tehilah Simantov. I’m 28 years old and am a single mom of two beautiful boys, aged three and one. I was born in the US and raised in Israel. I travelled to South Africa in 2014 initially to study. I later became involved in a relationship from which my children were born.

I need to go home to Israel with my children. I want to work legally, which I am not permitted to do in South Africa, and raise my children in a solid, wholesome environment. My mom longs to babysit and I dream of introducing my boys to their adoring aunts, uncles and cousins, sharing family celebrations and holidays in a healthy, tight-knit family. My loving parents in Jerusalem miss me dearly as do my six brothers and sisters as well as many nephews and nieces. I’ve been unable to see them since 2019.

I am currently an “illegal foreigner” in South Africa. I am trying to regularise my status but the prospects of doing so are bleak and the likely outcome will be that I am ordered to leave South Africa on short notice, or worse still, that I am deported.

I live with the constant fear of being separated from my children. I cannot bear the thought of returning to Israel without my children.

My relocation application before the High Court of South Africa provides a process for me to achieve the above outcome. It is necessary because the children’s father resists their departure to Israel. The legal fees, to date and into the future, have been and shall be extensive. At the moment, I'm living off charitable donations from friends, family and the Jewish community as well as compassionate strangers who have heard of my plight. The clothing my children wear has been given by friends/community members whose children have outgrown the items. And because of the aforementioned generosity, we live with dignity and honor. My gratitude is boundless.

Please note: I am not a victim. The challenges, circumstances and choices that resulted in my current situation will require a lifetime of reflection. Part of this self-reflection means a personal commitment to pay-it-forward to those in need. I never imagined that I could one day be on the receiving end of selfless generosity; I am determined to remain upbeat, even on the bleakest of days. Nevertheless, sometimes the anxiety makes me feel hopeless.

I am trapped, frightened and need financial assistance to use in the proper channels, helping to close this nightmarish chapter of our lives. Please help me and my boys return to Israel as a unit, allowing us to heal and prosper.

I assure anyone giving to this end that all donations will go directly toward my legal representation who are working at a reduced rate and accompanying costs of relocation. Thanking you in advance.

Humbly yours,

Tehilah Simantov

Organizer

  • Tehilah Simantov

Donors

  • David Feldman
  • Donated on May 29, 2023
$100.00
  • Pamela Embden
  • Donated on May 22, 2023
$50.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on May 18, 2023
$36.00

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Donors & Comments

142 donors
  • David Feldman
  • Donated on May 29, 2023
$100.00
  • Pamela Embden
  • Donated on May 22, 2023
$50.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on May 18, 2023
$36.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on May 18, 2023
$75.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on May 14, 2023
$50.00
  • Bree Mercurio
  • Donated on May 14, 2023
$50.00
  • Anthony Lyttle
  • Donated on May 11, 2023
$40.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on May 10, 2023
$18.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on May 10, 2023
$18.00
  • Avi Orenstein
  • Donated on May 09, 2023
$100.00
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Followers

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US$13,764
raised of $28,000.00 goal
49% Funded
142 Donors

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