Updates from our grantees in Israel
The Jewish Agency for Israel - updated 11.28
We resume regular updates post-Thanksgiving. We hope you were able to enjoy time with your families and friends. During Thanksgiving we were relieved to see hostages released, including the family of our own Chairman of the Executive, Doron Almog. Today on a zoom call with the BOG, Doron shared pictures of the emotional reunion with Chen and the children. We pray for the safe return of all the hostages.
Below is a summary of our impact areas during the war:
Direct Relief for Victims of Terror:
Supporting Vulnerable Populations:
providing bureaucratic and emotional support to the families of the 11 fallen lone soldiers.
Safety and Security:
Looking Ahead Rehabilitation:
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) updated 11.16
Most students at the Kfar Silver Youth Village were home for the holiday and were not in the region. ORT was able to evacuate the village’s remaining Na’ale students and shinshinim and staff to the country’s north. A small number of staff remain in the village to care for the animals.
World ORT - Update 10.18
Amos Gofer, CEO of World ORT’s Kfar Silver Youth Village – just a few miles from the Gaza border – recent told his story to audiences on Zoom, of what transpired on October 7.
Amos explained how the day unfolded:
“There was an emergency alarm – but it is something we are used to. We woke up and we were calling the people in the boarding school, telling them to take all the students to the safe rooms. A lot of those students are from Russia and Ukraine, children aged 14, 15 – it was very upsetting for them. We understood within a few minutes that this was different because of the magnitude of the bombs and the noise.”
The students were quickly moved to a building which the village uses to keep safe for longer-term operations – with significant provision of food, activities and other essentials. But with many of Kfar Silver’s High School students living in the kibbutzim close to the Gaza border, calls and messages soon flooded in making clear the extent of the situation.
As Amos called police and other security services it became clear that no immediate assistance would be available as forces dealt with the emergency across the south of the country. “We were willing to die for the students,” he explained. “After a few hours I said I’m evacuating all the students and everyone from the village because no one was coming to help us.”
Thanks to the heroic actions of two bus drivers who were prepared to travel to the village despite the rocket attacks, it was possible to evacuate more than 60 students to safer areas in the north of the country. Thankfully, the vast majority of Kfar Silver’s 1,000-plus students were already off-site for the festival of Simchat Torah.
After the evacuation, only a small number of staff members now remain, ensuring that animals on the village’s farm are looked after and that the security of the village is not compromised.
Although thankfully the students and teachers are now in safer areas, tragically many of them have lost family members and friends in the attacks. It is thought that more than 30 people with ORT links have been killed or kidnapped by terrorists. Of those, a number of Kfar Silver graduates have been killed serving in the IDF.
Targeted Grant Partners:
So far in 2023 we've given food insecurity grants locally, The Joel E Perlmutter Memorial Food Pantry and Fulfill, and globally to Leket and JDC.
We've given out over $14,000 in Ukraine aid.
We've given out grants to help Israel's Youth-at-risk to Shutaf, Crossroads, and Kfar Silver run by World ORT.
2022 Grant recipients: Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), ORT, and Hillel
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Read an 1.13.23 update from Szvaras
Jewish Agency For Israel
Thanks to our 2022 Israel Grants Committee: Cantor Jake Greenberg, Avi Kotler, Annabel Lindenbaum, Shelly Newman, and Fred Schragger we're proud to announce this year's recipients - Shutaf and Crossroads.
We're happy to continue to help youth-at-risk and will have videos to share from the programs we're funding soon.
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2020 Overseas Grants have been given to JDC (Joint Distribution Committee) and The Jewish Agency for Israel.
We hosted summer Lunch and Learns with our grantees to learn about some of the key challenges in this age of Corona affecting the Jewish community around the world.
Our final Lunch and Learn featured our own Managing Director, Keith Krivitzky. We took a look at troubling areas around the globe, anti-Semitism, and the Israel Diaspora relationship.
Our first virtual Summer Series program was a fun and engaging lunch and learn. The Jewish Agency for Israel, one of our 2020 grantees, connected us with the global Jewish people as we heard from those on the front lines of working with new immigrants and vulnerable populations in Israel. Plus we learned a bit about Ethiopian cooking.