Many of us are watching with concern, anger, and frustration the images from Israel the past few days.
I often refer to Jews in Israel and around the world as our extended family. When you see your family under threat, scared, and hurting…their anxiety affects you too. You wonder what is going on, what the real situation is – and what you can do to help.
So, we are sharing this update with you so that you can better understand and relate.
ONE, you may want to see these video images of rockets targeting Tel Aviv. Thank Gd for the Iron Dome and Israeli innovation – born out of necessity:
TWO, I want to share two resources where you can follow first-hand what is going on in Israel. One is a great online newspaper and the other is a news channel focused on Israel:
THREE, there are many out there with an agenda seeking to shape public perception and take advantage of this violence to advance their aims. I want to share one article about how to be both critical and thoughtful when you read or hear reporting about Israel. And the other items help provide context and perspective on a complicated situation.
FOUR, our partners in Israel are stepping up to help those in need and make a critical difference in these difficult times. The Jewish Federations of North America is supporting our partners on the ground – the Jewish Agency, JDC, the Israel Trauma Coalition and more – as they endeavor to alleviate suffering and to quickly repair damage.
Our Jewish Federation of Ocean County partners Leket Israel and Yad Ezra v’Shulamit are addressing food needs of those affected by rocket attacks and violence – from delivering food to those in shelters to helping businesses and individuals have enough food for Shavuot. This is why our ongoing grant support for these organizations is so important.
FIVE, what can you do to help?
Lastly, for # SIX,
A new Pew study just came out that highlights the increasing gaps between Jews here – especially younger Jews – and Israel. This gulf between cousins has been exacerbated by Covid; Israel…and everyplace else, really…seems further removed. To address this gap, we all need to do our best to put family first and take the time to learn about the needs affecting others in our Jewish family. This also means doing more to encourage travel to Israel and Jewish education. While we are focused on security and safety in Israel now, when it comes to the survival of the Jewish people this is probably the biggest challenge we face.
That is also why the Jewish Federation is here – to strengthen the ties that bind us together, to help those in our family most in need, and to enable opportunities for us to come together to celebrate and grow as a community.
Thank you for your ongoing support. And let’s all pray for peace in Jerusalem.
Keith Krivitzky, Managing Director