Academy Award-winner Jon Voight will be accompanying Chabad's Children of Chernobyl's 80th airlift of children from irradiated regions in the former Soviet Union to Israel next week.

A longtime supporter of Chabad-Lubavitch programs on America's West Coast and around the world, the actor told Israel's Yediot Achronot newspaper that he would also visit the Negev Desert town of Sderot, which has been a constant target of Palestinian missiles fired from the Gaza Strip.

"I want to meet the people of Sderot," said Voight. "I want to tell them: 'Every day you have rockets falling on your city. We care about you. We have not forgotten you!' " ...