Israeli actress Natalie Portman announced Monday she has signed on to a concerted effort to assist Syrian refugees suffering because of the civil war in their country, the Washington Jewish Week reported Monday.
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Portman is joining hands with the Operation Human Warmth campaign, a joint initiative of the Hanoar Haoved Vehalomed youth movement, Israeli Flying Aid and Dror-Israel, according to the report. The operation collected some 20,000 items since its launch last month, Dror-Israel announced Monday.
The Jerusalem-born Oscar winner is in Tel Aviv directing her first feature film, which is based on Amos Oz's "A Tale of Love and Darkness."
When I heard about Operation Human Warmth I felt deeply moved and compelled to get involved, the actress said in the statement reported on a number of websites. In the middle of a brutal winter, these children have no shelter and their lives are in serious jeopardy from the cold. I am proud to take part in an operation where Israeli youth of all backgrounds are taking action to help out those" who need it most.