THANK ISRAELI SOLDIERS: OPERATION SWORDS OF IRON
Thank Israeli Soldiers supports initiatives that embrace, educate and empower soldiers throughout their IDF service and beyond. Soldiers are on the front lines to protect Israel and freedom everywhere. They deserve our gratitude and support
CRAFT-ALONG FOR ISRAEL
Join in to make cards, knit hats for lone soldiers, and crochet dolls for hospitalized children.
Over the next six weeks, meet virtually to craft in support of children being treated in Israel’s hospitals and to support the brave men and women of the Israeli Defense Forces. We will communicate via email and invite you to join us through November as we make:
Craft on your own time or join us for Zooms designed to provide creative inspiration and build community.
To get started, join our craft-along mailing list by CLICKING HERE. We will share information to help you choose a craft or two, find out where to source materials, and learn how we can help deliver your finished projects to Israel.
Together, we will make it.
URGE ELECTED OFFICIALS TO STAND WITH ISRAEL
Israel has a right and responsibility to respond to the devastating assault and protect its citizens from terrorism.
Please urge your elected officials at the federal, state, and local level to speak out and make a clear and unequivocal statement in support for our ally Israel and its right to defend itself.
CLICK HERE to URGE your community leaders to issue a statement supporting Israel.
CLICK HERE to URGE Congress to approve emergency security funding for Jewish community institutions, in addition to supporting the Nonprofit Security Grant Program.
WEAR A BLUE RIBBON
The blue ribbon symbolizes support and solidarity for the safe return of the hostages taken by Hamas terrorists in Israel. It symbolizes solidarity with the hostages, their families, and all who care about their safety.
Wearing a ribbon publicly unites you with people of all religions, races, nationalities, ethnicities, ages, and generations and demonstrates for the people of Israel that they are not alone and that good people across the globe are with them and their families during this dark time.
Send a powerful message of solidarity by wearing your blue ribbon. Please check in with the UJC to see when ribbons have arrived.
Resources For Families
Focusing on Mental Health and Wellness
The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations convened a National Leadership Fly-In to demonstrate the resolute and ironclad commitment of the American Jewish community to Israel and her security. Most of the leadership of the 50 member organizations, including AIPAC, along with representatives from many Jewish Federations and other national Jewish groups, participated in this conference in Washington, D.C. Members of Congress also joined.
Hosted by Jenna Shapiro, Ph.D., Pediatric Psychologist at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago.
100% of all donations go directly toward Israel humanitarian relief through Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA).
The Jewish Agency for Israel’s Fund for Victims of Terror is providing immediate, critical financial aid to victims and their families. In addition, the Jewish Agency seeks to provide respite for people living in the conflict zone and activities for their children, including 3,856 olim living in absorption centers, as well as enhanced security. Additional staffing will support 5000 elderly residents of Amigour in the south, ensuring they have food and other items within their sheltered apartments.
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, JDC, is one of Federation’s historic partners, with deep roots and an unshakable connection to the State of Israel. JDC is caring for those who have no-one else to turn to – vulnerable seniors, people with disabilities, children and young adults at risk, families in financial distress, and the unemployed. Jewish Federation emergency support will enable JDC to respond to the unique needs of these special populations.
World ORT, Federation’s historic partner, provides STEAM education to thousands of students in close partnership with schools/municipalities throughout Israel’s periphery. Jewish Federations will support mental health initiatives for students and teachers and will enable students who are displaced maintain access to learning opportunities and essential technology.
The Israel Trauma Coalition (ITC), a key Federation emergency partner, is the cornerstone in the national treatment of trauma and emergency preparedness in Israel. ITC operated 12 resilience centers, mostly in the Gaza border area, which offer a unique model that provides a seamless response along the continuum between emergency preparedness, emergency, and recovery. ITC also works through its member organizations to provide additional mental health and psychosocial services, such as the emotional support hotlines that have been opened by Eran and Natal. Jewish Federations will support the provision of care for evacuees, first-responders, and medical professionals, along with a national hotline.
Magen David Adom (MDA) is Israel's National
Emergency Pre-Hospital Medical and Blood
Services Organization. MDA is Israel’s largest
volunteer organization and provides emergency medical services across Israel.
During emergencies, MDA’s volunteers and
professional staff work around the clock to
save lives. Jewish Federations will assist MDA to urgently upgrade Basic Life Support
ambulances to become Mobile Intensive Care
Units and replenish critical medical supplies.
United Hatzalah is a community-based volunteer emergency medical service (EMS) operating across Israel. It has mobilized all 7,000 of its volunteers and dispatched over 120 rescue vehicles to Israel's southern region. With the help of Jewish Federations, United Hatzalah will be able to purchase critical emergency medical supplies to respond to ongoing attacks.
ZAKA (the Hebrew acronym for Disaster Victim Identification) is Israel’s dominant nongovernmental rescue and recovery organization, with over 3,000 volunteers. ZAKA has sole responsibility in Israel for dealing with incidents of unnatural death and works in close cooperation with all the emergency services and security forces. After the terrible terror attack, ZAKA volunteers have been tending to the honor of the more than 1,200 deceased. Jewish Federations will help supply critical equipment and supplies to aid ZAKA to enable it to continue its difficult mission.