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Emergencies Around the World

When need arises, the Jewish community of St. Louis plays a vital role in providing financial assistance to fund urgently needed basics like food and medicine, and long-term aid like trauma counseling.

This page will help you find proven resources to direct your contributions to areas of humanitarian crises, locally or internationally, whether the disasters be natural or man-made.

JFNA Emergency Relief Fund
JFNA’s Emergency Committee, a volunteer body that allocates emergency funds contributed by the community to address disaster relief, has opened a national mailbox to ensure that additional contributions flow to communities throughout Texas and elsewhere hit by the freezing weather.
 
 

February 22, 2021  |  11:05 am
From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency
jta.org/2021/02/18/united-states/in-a-texas-battered-by-cold-jewish-communities-join-a-desperately-needed-response

 
In a Texas battered by cold, Jewish communities join a desperately needed response

Kosher Palate, a kosher restaurant in Dallas, prepares thousands of free hot meals to serve to Orthodox families affected by power outages during Winter Storm Uri, Feb. 17, 2021. (Courtesy of Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas)

(JTA) — One year ago, Dallas’s Jewish community convened a “health crisis management team” to coordinate the local response to the brand-new COVID-19 pandemic.

Now the community has repurposed the team, consisting of rabbis from each denomination and the CEOs of local Jewish agencies, to take on a very different kind of crisis: the unfolding effects of an unusual winter storm named Uri that has crippled large swaths of Texas and left millions of people without reliable access to heat, electricity or clean water.

So far, the group has gotten aid to seniors and people without electricity. Synagogues and their congregants are offering shelter to those without power. And the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas partnered with Kosher Palate, a local kosher restaurant, to deliver thousands of meals to Jews without power — a project the restaurant began on its own and accelerated with the federation’s aid.

“I keep saying this is what Federation was built for,” said Mariam Shpeen Feist, the group’s president and CEO. “We were built to respond to crisis.”

Read the whole article here.

September 17, 2020  |  1:02 pm
We will update this page regularly as more information becomes available.

 

September 1, 2020  |  11:48 am
We will update this page regularly as more information becomes available.

From: Desk of Mark Wilf and Eric D. Fingerhut
Date: Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 11:23 AM
Subject: Launching the Human Services Relief Matching Fund

Dear Colleagues,

We are so proud and thankful to each of you for your leadership during this unprecedented crisis that has impacted each of our Federation communities. Since mid-March, you have rallied to address the challenges that have impacted each sector of Jewish life. Federations have launched emergency campaigns, accelerated allocations, dipped into endowments and more, to support and sustain our communal agencies. While all of our programs and services are important, those programs and agencies that care for our most vulnerable have been particularly hard hit, and the length and depth of the financial and human needs caused by this crisis remains unknown. That is why we are launching the Human Services Relief Matching Fund to bolster and support your Federation in this critical work.

This matching fund, which was made possible in partnership with seven national foundations, offers an $18 million match to the Federation system, which can be accessed on a 1:2 basis, creating a $54 million increase for our frontline service agencies and programs serving primarily Jewish community members.

Funds raised through this initiative can be directed to local agencies and programs oriented primarily in social services for the Jewish community in your area:

  • Emergency financial aid, including cash grants for housing, food, medical care and other essentials for individuals and families.
  • Food assistance, including expansion of pantries, grocery gift cards and meal programs.
  • Mental and physical health and safety, including enhanced staffing, trauma counseling and personal protective equipment in residential programs and for other caregivers serving seniors and people with disabilities.
  • Community stability, including emergency operating support and professional expertise for local human service and educational agencies, as well as job/professional skill training services.
  • Services and resources for employees of Jewish communal organizations who have been laid off or furloughed.

The matching fund, which will be chaired by JFNA’s National Campaign Chair David Brown, is open to all Federations throughout North America. Details about how much your Federation can access and how to earn the match are included in the attached materials. We ask that you please confirm your community’s participation via this link by September 10th. 

To learn more and find materials that can support your community’s participation, please click here. We will also host a webinar on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 from 4:30 to 5:30 PM ET to explain the process and answer any questions. Please register HERE. 

We are grateful to Maimonides Fund for their generosity and leadership in making this Fund possible, along with the generous participation of The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, Crown Family Philanthropies, Jack, Joseph & Morton Mandel Foundation, Singer Family Foundation, Leslie and Abigail Wexner, Wilf Family Foundation, and The Jewish Federations of North America.

We look forward to working with all of you to reach this important challenge.

Sincerely,

Mark Wilf and Eric Fingerhut


 

From: Rebecca Dinar
Sent: Tuesday, September 1, 2020 11:19 AM
Subject: A New Human Services Relief Matching Fund, Wild Fire and Hurricane Funds, and MORE

Dear Colleagues,

HUMAN SERVIECS RELIEF MATCHING FUND — Below is an email we sent to Federation executive directors and board presidents about a new national campaign we are launching. You can find the press release here. Other details are below. Please note we are hosting a webinar on Thursday to answer questions and will be provide a recording afterwards, in case you missed it.

JFNA AGREEES TO HELP THE UAE’s JEWISH COMMUNITY — Yesterday, we made another announcement regarding JFNA’s support for the new and growing Jewish communities in the UAE. You can see our media release on that announcement here. If you need more information on the UAE’s Jewish community, please let me know.

NATURAL DISSASTERS HIT HOME — AND I want to mention that our colleagues in

++++ New Orleans have opened a fund to help victims of Hurricane Laura. You can direct people who want to give here: https://give.idonate.com/jf-greater-new-orleans/laura. Below is a report from the local community where most people have had to evacuate:

In Lake Charles, local residents have reported home damage, some have total devastation. The water system is completely out. There is still no electricity.  A fire at a chemical warehouse has made breathing difficult, and most people have evacuated to New Orleans. The local synagogue has also received significant water damage from rain. In Alexandria most community of just over 200 people have no power or water, and there is structural damage to many homes in the general community. The synagogue had all its windows blown out in front of the building and in the sanctuary.

++++ California are raising funds to help the victims of wildfires. See attached

THE GA — Lastly, Hope you didn’t miss the Save the Date for the GA yesterday. More to come on that. REGISTRATION FOR THE GA IS NOT OPEN UNTIL MID-SEPTEMBER.

We have just a few things going on.

Rebecca

 
 
 

April 17, 2020  |  9:40 am
We will update this page regularly as more information becomes available.

 

The St. Louis Jewish community is working together to address the new challenges and needs many are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have collected a list of important resources within the Jewish community for people in need.

Click here to view the list of resources

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources & Information 

Working with national and local experts and resources, Jewish Federation of St. Louis is leading and coordinating efforts in our community to provide comprehensive, updated information about the COVID-19 outbreak. Below we have shared links from health and news organizations dealing with the situation locally, nationally, and internationally.

Contribute to our COVID-19 Community Response Fund

American Red Cross Blood Drive

The American Red Cross is experiencing a severe blood shortage because blood drives have been cancelled. Our neighbors counting on lifesaving blood need our help. Call 1-800-733-2767 to sign up to safely donate blood. You can also go to redcrossblood.org and type in DrurySTL in the Find a Blood Drive box at the upper right hand corner to donate at a Drury Hotel close to you. Thank you Drury Hotels for offering meeting room space to host these needed blood drives.

 
COVID-19 Regional Response Fund

Jewish Federation of St. Louis today joined a coalition of philanthropic and chamber organizations, which have been brought together by the St. Louis Community Foundation to create the COVID-19 Regional Response Fund. The fund will be used to direct resources to regional nonprofits that are working with local communities disproportionately affected by the coronavirus crisis and its economic fallout.

Contribute to the COVID-19 Regional Response Fund

An advisory committee, composed of public health and community officials, is in the process of being put together and will guide the grant-making process. The St. Louis Community Foundation has committed $100,000 from its emergency relief and endowed community funds and continues to solicit contributions from private foundations, corporate partners, and individual donors.

Among the areas of need already identified are:

  • Testing: Coronavirus tests range from $100 to $200
  • Essential medicines: Ensure that essential medications are delivered to those who in quarantined
  • Technology: Providing technology to seniors so they can communicate while isolated, to children in order participate in online classrooms; and to families so they can stay connected.
  • Rent/Mortgages/Utilities: To assist those who are quarantined and to those who do not have the option to work from home.

To date coalition members include: Federation, the St. Louis Community Foundation, the Boniface Foundation, Catholic Charities, the Incarnate Word Foundation, Gateway Center for Giving, the Marillac Mission Fund, the Regional Business Council and its affiliate Social Venture Partners, the St. Louis City Seniors Fund, the St. Louis Mental Health Board, the St. Louis Regional Chamber, and the City of St. Louis, and United Way of Greater St. Louis.

How to Contribute to the Covid-19 Regional Response Fund

In addition to continuing its outreach to corporate, government, and nonprofit organizations, the Community Foundation is also encouraging its donors and the general public to make contributions to the COVID-19 Response Fund. They may do so by credit card by visiting stlgives.org/give-today.

 

Video Presentation on Best Practices 

Click here to view a video presentation from Dr. Carole Baskin, Director of Communicable Disease Control Services for St. Louis County Department of Public Health. She shares insights about best practices in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

COVID-19 Proposed Response for Jewish Community Members 60+

Jewish Family Services has developed a plan to address the emerging needs of Jewish homebound older adults and medically vulnerable people in light of the Coronavirus and efforts to contain it. This effort aims to coordinate a community-wide response and leverage the areas that each partner is good at. Learn more here.

Click here to read ten tips/talking points for healthy aging during the COVID-19 outbreak. This list was compiled by David Carr, MD, and colleagues of Washington University in St. Louis’ Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics, and Nutritional Science, with input from partners at St. Louis NORC, The Mirowitz Center, and Memory Care Home Solutions.

 

Missouri COVID-19 Hotline
  • The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services activated a statewide hotline Wednesday morning. The number is 877-435-8411. The hotline is operated by medical professionals and is for people or healthcare providers who need guidance about COVID-19.

 

Center for Disease & Prevention Resources

 

World Health Organization Resources

 

Jewish Federations of North America

 

PrepareSTL

PrepareSTL is a collaborative campaign powered by the Missouri Foundation for Health in partnership with the Regional Health Commission, the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, and other community health organizations to help prepare all St. Louisans for the effects of the COVID-19 response, how to stop its spread, and how to survive the pandemic physically, emotionally, and economically. Click here to view a flyer with more information. Visit PrepareSTL.com to learn more.

 

St. Louis Community Foundation

The St. Louis Community Foundation Gateway Resilience Fund, of which the Jewish Federation of St. Louis is a sponsor, is currently accepting applications.

This fund will provide short term monetary relief to employees and owners of independent bars, restaurants, and shops in the St. Louis area affected by closures and other circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Gateway Resilience Fund makes grants to support employees, essential contractors, and owners of small businesses in the St. Louis region who are experiencing a financial burden due to a disaster or other extreme situation.

Please click here to view the application. 

 

December 13, 2019  |  8:56 am
From the Desk of Eric D. Fingerhut
President & CEO, The Jewish Federations of North America

 

UPDATE: Jersey City Tragedy

In response to the terrible attack in Jersey City, the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey has established a dedicated donation webpage to support the victims’ families. If you would like to make a donation, please go to jfnnj.org/supportjerseycity.

Jewish Federation continues to work closely with all of our law enforcement partners, elected officials, and community-based organizations in what is now officially being classified as a domestic terrorist incident with anti-Semitic hate crime intentions.

The classification of this crime as an official domestic terrorist incident brings the JTTF (Joint Terrorism Task Force, FBI, and DHS) into the investigation. The investigation has now entered the forensic stage (review of electronic, digital, and ballistic evidence) in hopes of determining the motive and narrowing down the exact timeline.

Federation was invited to attend the NJ Attorney General’s press conference this afternoon in Hudson County announcing the latest developments in the investigation. The Attorney General reiterated his commitment to “ensure the safety of all religious faith. As a community, we are all grieving, but not as much as the families of the victims, and the state will provide whatever support is needed”.

After the press briefing, Federation’s CEO, Jason Shames and Federation’s Director of Jewish Community Security, Jerry Dargan, met privately with Esther Suarez, Hudson County Prosecutor to discuss Federation’s role in supporting their efforts. We shared with the Prosecutor that Hudson County Synagogues received nearly $200,000 in Homeland Security Grants with Federation’s assistance.

The state medical autopsies were performed in coordination with local Rabbis to ensure respect of Jewish law. This allowed the bodies of the two Jewish victims to be released for funerals last evening. Jason Shames and President Roberta Abrams both attended the funeral to represent the community.

Last night there was a well-attended community vigil held at Temple Beth-El with remarks and prayers from leaders in law enforcement and faith-based organizations, including the State Attorney General, the Mayor of Jersey City, Israeli Counsel General Dani Dayan, and Jason Shames.

Federation has established a dedicated donation webpage where all collections will go to an established 501c3 that will provide services and support to the victims’ families. When you donate to this cause, please make sure you are donating through a trusted organization, such as Federation, because there are numerous reports of fraudulent fundraising efforts. If you would like to make a donation, please go to www.jfnnj.org/supportjerseycity.

Lastly, we were assured again today that there is no imminent danger in our community.

Jerry Dargan has ensured that rapid deployment teams are increasing their presence at all Jewish institutions. Additionally, as we approach Shabbat, all local police departments are on high alert and there will be an increased presence around all houses of worship.

Federation continues to be grateful to members of law enforcement who have demonstrated incredible bravery in the face of danger and a commitment to bringing this crime of domestic terror to justice.

We will continue to keep you updated as new information is released.

Sincerely,
Eric D. Fingerhut
President & CEO
The Jewish Federations of North America

 


November 12, 2019  |  6:02 pm
From the Jewish Community Relations Council

 

Israel e-Update from the JCRC

Obviously, the number-one topic that is dominating our hearts, minds, and news feeds are the rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel. Indiscriminate attacks against civilian populations aim to incite fear and terror within those populations, turning everyday acts such as driving to the store and going to school into dangerous activities that could result in harm and even death.

News sources report that the rockets began targeting Israeli civilians at about 5 a.m. Tuesday, an hour after what the Israel Defense Forces called a “surgical strike” on Baha Abu al-Ata in Gaza City. Baha Abu al-Ata was killed in a joint operation carried out by the Israel Defense Forces and the Shin Bet security service, during which the commander in charge of the most recent slew of rocket attacks against Israel and his wife were killed in their home. In a statement, the IDF said that Abu al-Ata was a “ticking time bomb” with plans to carry out rocket attacks and other terrorist activities against Israel “in the coming days,” and also was directly responsible for several cases of rocket fire from Gaza on southern Israel over the past six months. Close to 200 rockets have been reported fired upon Israel.

The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted at least 60 of the rockets. Several homes sustained direct hits or damage from the rockets, as did a factory and a highway. About 25 Israelis were hurt in the Gaza rockets salvoes, some of which reached as far as Tel Aviv.

Schools from communities on the border with Gaza in the south all the way to Tel Aviv in the country’s center were ordered closed on Tuesday, leaving more than 1 million children at home.

Several hours after the rockets, the IDF carried out three waves of retaliatory attacks on Gaza. Palestinian Wafa news agency said five Palestinians were killed and dozens injured in the retaliatory airstikes. Earlier in the day defense officials said that if Islamic Jihad restrained itself and Hamas did not join the rocket fire, Israel would also hold back from escalating and carry out retaliatory strikes against Hamas.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a televised address to the nation that the Security Cabinet approved the strike on Abu al-Ata 10 days ago, saying the Palestinian terrorist leader was planning more and imminent rocket attacks on Israel. He said the IDF was told to strike when it found an opportunity.

There are several sources you can consult for timely updates (in reverse alphabetical order):

Statements (in alphabetical order):

Individuals:
Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett
US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman
Benny Gantz
URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Vice President Mike Pence
President Reuven Rivlin

Organizations:
AIPAC
Israel Policy Forum
J Street
Zionist Organization of America

News articles (for further reading):

 


November 12, 2019  |  1:55 pm
Lives Updates from Haaretz.com
www.haaretz.com/israel-news/israel-kills-islamic-jihad-gaza-rockets-tel-aviv-hamas-damscus-syria

 

Live Updates: Amid Israel-Gaza Mediation Efforts, Islamic Jihad Warns ‘Coming Hours Will Mark Victory’ for Palestinians

Tsafrir Abayov/AP

More than 190 launched at Israel, after senior official, wife die in targeted assassination | House takes direct hit at Gaza border community | 30 Palestinians wounded in Israeli strikes | U.S. envoy to the Mideast expresses support for Israel

In one of the most serious flare-ups between Israel and the Gaza Strip in months, Israel confirmed Tuesday that it had killed the commander of the Islamic Jihad group in the coastal enclave, sparking a fierce response from Gaza militants.

Baha Abu al-Ata was killed in a joint operation carried out by the Israel Defense Forces and the Shin Bet security service, during which the commander in charge of the most recent slew of rocket attacks against Israel and his wife were killed in their home.

Shortly after Islamic Jihad and Hamas vowed to retaliate, a barrage of rockets was launched at southern and central Israel, activating sirens across half the country. The Israeli military said that 50 rockets have been launched at Israel since Tuesday morning, 20 of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.

Three more Palestinians were killed and 30 were wounded in strikes the Israeli military conducted in the Strip during the day, Gaza’s Health Ministry said.

Israel is preparing for further escalation. Schools and all non-essential work were cancelled throughout the targeted areas. Local authorities have ordered the opening of shelters wherever necessary.

LIVE UPDATES – Haaretz.com is posting live updates on the escalating crisis here.

21:36 P.M. Three Palestinians killed in Israeli strike in northern Gaza

The bodies of three Palestinians were found at a site struck by Israel  near Beit Lahia in the northern Strip, raising death toll to eight.

9:14 P.M. Gaza rocket barrage fired at Ashkelon, nearby communities

9:05 P.M. Israeli aircraft attacks Islamic Jihad rocket launch post in northern Gaza

An Israeli aircraft struck an underground Islamic Jihad rocket launch post in northern Gaza, from which rockets were fired at Israel earlier, the army said.

8:41 P.M. Islamic Jihad spokesperson says coming hours ‘will mark Palestinian victory’   

Abu Hamza, spokesperson for Islamic Jihad’s military wing, said that the “coming hours will mark victory for the Palestinian people. Israel began this campaign, buy it will be notified when it ends.”

 


November 12, 2019  |  11:47 pm
From the Desk of Isaac Herzog
Chairman of the Executive, The Jewish Agency for Israel

 

Israel Under Fire – A Special Message from Isaac Herzog

Iraelis take cover as missile sirens blare in central Israel. Photo: Hasifa School of Photography / Edi Israel

Dear Friends and Partners,

Israel is once again embroiled in a round of fighting.

At 4:00 a.m. Israel time, the IDF attacked and killed vicious Islamic Jihad leader, Baha Abu el-Ata, who was responsible for planning and executing attacks against Israeli citizens, including last weekend’s attack in Sderot. About two hours later, at 6:00 a.m., terrorists fired a massive barrage of rockets on Tel Aviv, Rishon Letziyon, Rehovot, Ashdod, Ashkelon and communities along the Gaza border. The rocket fire continues as of this writing.

As of now, nearly 30 people have been lightly injured due to the rocket fire. School has been canceled in the greater Tel Aviv area, the Shfela region and in southern Israel, with close to one million children remaining home today. The Home Front Command also instructed residents of these areas to refrain from going to non-essential workplaces, a directive that was technically later canceled, but resulted in most people staying home and massively impacting Israel’s economy. Millions of Israeli citizens stayed close to bomb shelters today, and normal routines were dramatically disrupted. By 1:00 p.m. Israel time, more than 200 rockets were fired at Israel, and fire continues. Most of the rockets fired at Israel were intercepted by the Iron Dome system, but some hit homes (where luckily the residents had taken shelter in reinforced rooms) and even kindergartens. It is painful to think about what would have happened had these children not remained at home.

The Jewish Agency’s professional security staff have been in direct contact with Israel’s National Emergency Authority and Home Front Command since early this morning, remaining constantly updated on the appropriate protective measures required in the wake of the ongoing rocket fire.

Jewish Agency absorption centers and other integration programs that operate in southern and central Israel house close to 6,500 new olim (immigrants) who’ve recently arrived from around the world. In addition, about 7,700 young people from overseas are currently in Israel as part of Israel experience programs, including Masa Israel Journey, a joint project of the Government of Israel and The Jewish Agency. This morning, all olim and Masa participants received a refresher briefing on proper conduct during a missile attack and are remaining in proximity to secured areas. The Jewish Agency and Masa are in close contact with all program staff, closely following developments and providing any support needed.

Amigour, The Jewish Agency’s housing program for senior citizens and other vulnerable populations serves about 5,000 seniors, mostly Holocaust survivors. They live in assisted living facilities located throughout Israel. Dedicated staff are supporting these residents in accordance with official emergency guidelines. Earlier, shrapnel from an intercepted rocket fell near the entrance of an Amigour assisted living facility for seniors in Ashdod. Luckily, residents of the facility had evacuated to a reinforced area when the shrapnel fell.

The Jewish Agency’s Fund for the Victims of Terror is prepared to provide immediate aid to citizens in need, in coordination with Israel’s emergency services and municipal agencies. The Fund’s staff have been in contact with a family from Netivot whose home was directly hit by a rocket. Thankfully they are not injured, but their home suffered significant damage. They will already receive emergency financial assistance in the coming hours.

As of this morning, The Jewish Agency Situation Room has been working in emergency mode, providing guidance to The Jewish Agency’s professional staff who oversee program participants from Israel and overseas, including those in the Kol Ami and Ofek Pre-Army Academies.

We are prepared for the possibility that this emergency situation may continue for some time. In times of crisis, The Jewish Agency conducts an emergency leadership forum to ensure everyone is updated and all needs are being met. This forum, headed by Jewish Agency Chief Operating Officer Yehuda Setton, began to operate as soon as the events commenced and will continue to do so, even several times daily, as necessary.

At times like this, we know and feel the support of the entire Jewish family. I was very moved this morning at the JFNA FedLab, standing side by side with JFNA President and CEO Eric Fingerhut and Chair of the Board of Trustees Mark Wilf, to hear such unwavering support for the people of Israel during this difficult time. Our unity is our greatest strength and will carry us through these difficult times.

Let us pray for peaceful days ahead.

 

 

 

Isaac Herzog
Chairman of the Executive
The Jewish Agency for Israel

 


November 12, 2019  |  9:28 am
From the Desk of Eric D. Fingerhut
President & CEO, The Jewish Federations of North America

 

Israel Update from JFNA’s Israel Office

Home Front Command soldiers assisting in the evacuation of the children’s ward in Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon.

Dear Colleagues,

As you are probably aware, there has been a major flare-up in violence between Israel and Gaza in recent hours. Here are the major points:

  • Overnight, the IDF bombed a building in the Gaza Strip in a highly targeted strike which killed senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad Leader Bahaa Abu Al-Ata, as well as his wife.
    • The attack hit the specific room where Al-Ata was located, leaving the rest of the building undamaged.
    • Baha Abu Al Ata was a senior leader in the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. He was responsible for perpetrating the vast majority of terrorist attacks against Israel from the Gaza Strip in 2019.
    • These terrorist attacks included a barrage of rocket fire. Between May 4 and May 5 2019, Israeli Memorial Day, the PIJ launched over 600 rockets at Israeli civilian centers, striking Israeli roads, homes, businesses, a kindergarten and hospital. Throughout 2019, over 800 rockets and mortar shells were launched at Israel from the Gaza Strip.
    • IDF photos of the Gaza attack, as well as additional background on Al-Ata can be seen here.
    • Security officials confirmed that after a green light from the security cabinet over a week ago, they identified a specific window of opportunity to strike Al Ata in his bed, without risking nearby civilians.
    • Netanyahu on the attack: “Terrorists think they can hit civilians and hide behind civilians. We showed that we can hit the terrorist with minimal damage to civilians. Anyone who thinks they can hit our civilians and get away with it is wrong. If you hit us we will hit you.”
    • The IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi said that al-Ata was the person who tried to undermine Israel’s efforts to reach a ceasefire with Hamas in the Gaza Strip. “In recent days he was working to perpetrate attacks against Israel. We tried to thwart his efforts in different ways without success and we then recommended a targeted killing.”
    • In addition, another senior Islamic Jihad figure was attacked in Damascus, but details of that event are still unclear.
  • In response, more than 150 rockets have been fired at Israel over the last few hours (since 6:00 am Israel time) and the barrage continues – on almost a minute-by-minute basis – at the time of writing.
    • Sirens have continued to sound across the south, and as far north as Tel Aviv, Modi’in, Rishon L’Tzion, the Rehovot area and Holon.
    • An eight-year-old girl in Holon is in serious condition after suffering what seems to be heart failure while running to her shelter; and a 66-year old woman is in hospital suffering from shock. One man in Be’er Tuvia was lightly injured by shrapnel.
    • A house in Netivot was directly hit and has sustained major damage; but there were no injuries.
    • A factory in Sderot also sustained a direct hit, but there too there were no injuries.
    • Some other minor property damage has been reported, mainly in Sderot; but at this stage, most rockets have either fallen short or been destroyed by the Iron Dome, which has shot down more than 60 rockets in recent hours.
    • These video images (taken from a bus) show the terrifying moment that a rocket hit Highway 4.
  • The IDF’s Home Front Command (known in Hebrew as Pikud Ha’Oref) has issued some far-reaching orders:
    • All schools and kindergartens in the entire country south of Tel Aviv have been closed for the day.
    • In the south, all places of work have been closed, other than “essential services.”
    • In the Tel Aviv region, non-essential places of work are only permitted to open if they have a designated shelter or protected place that can be reached by workers within 90 seconds.
    • With schools and many work places closed, hundreds of thousands of workers remain at home (resulting in enormous cost to the economy).
    • Large cities in the south, including Ashkelon, Ashdod and Be’er Sheva have ordered public shelters to be opened, and have set up their Emergency Command Rooms.
    • Train services have been stopped in much of the south, and a number of roads have been closed.
    • See below for a photo of Home Front Command soldiers assisting in the evacuation of the children’s ward inBarzilai Hospital in Ashkelon.
    • (In a sign of Israeli “gallows humor,” a meme is circulating in Hebrew that reads: “Well if schools are already closed, and it’s Tuesday, we may as well hold elections.”)
  • The Cabinet has been meeting with top military officials throughout the morning.
    • In an interesting issue of timing, Naftali Bennett officially became defense minister at 11am Israel time (in the middle of the crisis). Until then, Prime Minister Netanyahu continued to act as defense minister.
    • Prime Minister Netanyahu and IDF chiefs have stated that they would like to prevent further escalation of the situation, but that they will do what is needed to defend Israel.
    • Blue and White leader Benny Gantz was informed of the targeted hit on Al-Atta before it took place.
    • At the time of writing, initial reports indicate that the IDF has begun attacking Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza in retaliation for the massive rocket barrage.
  • JFNA’s Israel office has activated emergency protocols and is in close touch with our partners and individualfederation representatives on the ground.
    • There are currently no Federation missions travelling under JFNA auspices or Birthright groups in Israel.
    • Two JFNA-organized VIP visits are in Israel, but neither are in areas under fire, and the Israel office is in touch with both.
    • Jewish Agency absorption centers have begun operating in “emergency mode,” meaning that activities take place only within range of a shelter. The Agency is also reaching out to all programs to determine immediate needs.
    • JDC is also currently gathering information and assessing needs from the field.
    • The Israel Trauma Coalition’s resilience centers have naturally experienced a significant increase in emergency calls. One of the buildings where the resilience center operates (in Sderot) was hit and evacuated. There are no physical injuries reported, and workers continue to operate from a different location in the city.
    • Israel’s Emergency Coalition Roundtable (known by its Hebrew acronym “Rachel;” and of which JFNA is a partner) will convene the Civil Society Emergency Forum at 3pm Israel time.

As always, JFNA’s Israel office is in close touch with Israeli government authorities and our partners and is very closely monitoring the situation.

Sincerely,
Eric D. Fingerhut
President & CEO
The Jewish Federations of North America

Source: Office of the Prime Minister, Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, IDF Spokesperson, Israel Channel 12 News, Galei Tzahal Radio, The Jerusalem Post

 

November 13, 2019  |  8:30 am
From the Desk of Eric D. Fingerhut
President & CEO, The Jewish Federations of North America

 

Israel Crisis Update from JFNA

Here are the major developments:

  • More than 250 rockets have been fired at Israel by Palestinian Islamic Jihad since 6:00am Tuesday, Israel time. o Despite a six-hour lull overnight, the rockets resumed early Wednesday morning.
    • Sirens have continued to sound across the south, and have also been heard in a number of locations near the Jerusalem – Tel Aviv highway corridor.
    • Some 60% of rockets fell in non-populated areas (or fell short, landing inside the Gaza Strip).
    • 90% of those rockets headed towards population centers were successfully knocked out of the sky by the Iron Dome Defense System.
    • Forty eight Israelis have been hurt by rocket fire or by falls when running to a shelter (mostly sustaining light or moderate injuries) and at least 25 people have been treated for shock.
  • In response to the rocket fire, the IDF carried out three waves of retaliatory attacks on Palestinian Islamic Jihad targets. o In the attacks, Israel reportedly hit dozens of Islamic Jihad sites across Gaza, destroying infrastructures and weapons stockpiles as well as killing 12 terrorists (according the Palestinian Ministry of Health).
    • Among other targets hit by the IDF were a facility that develops long-range rockets, as well as naval vessels belonging to the terrorist group.
    • According to an unnamed Israeli military source, the IDF has a “rich data bank” of additional potential Islamic Jihad sites that it can continue to hit.
    • Defense Minister Naftali Bennett, less than 24 hours in his new position, appeared on Israeli television saying that “We are sending a strong and clear message to our enemies, on all fronts: Whoever plans to attack or harm Israel by day, should never be sure that they will make it through the night.”
    • Prime Minister Netanyahu said, “We are not bent on escalation, but… will respond to every attack against us, and respond very sharply. Islamic Jihad would do well to understand this right now, instead of when it will be too late. I believe that Islamic Jihad is starting to internalize this message. They understand that we will continue to strike them without mercy. They understand that Israel is very strong and that our will is very great. We are determined to fight to defend our country and if they think that these barrages or these strikes will weaken us or lessen our determination, they are mistaken. Therefore, they have but one choice – to stop these attacks or take more and more blows. The choice is theirs.”
    • According to reports, Israel sent a message to Hamas saying that if the terror group stays out of the current fighting, it would be not be targeted by the IDF. This is a seemingly different approach than the one that Israel has taken in the past, where the IDF had stated that it holds Hamas responsible for everything that occurs in the Gaza Strip. From all accounts, both sides are keeping to this understanding, and there has been no direct conflict between Hamas and Israel in this round of fighting. (In fact, some commentators have suggested that Hamas is even encouraging the current fighting as a way of curtailing the strength of its rival, Islamic Jihad).
    • While the IDF says that it does not want the situation to escalate into a broader military operation inside the Gaza Strip, there has been a small increase in troop deployment along the Gaza border fence with a limited number of companies and battalions.
  • The IDF’s Home Front Command continues to impose restrictions: o All schools and kindergartens south of Tel Aviv remain closed.
    • In the south, all places of work, other than “essential services,” have been shuttered.
    • In the Tel Aviv region, school has resumed, but non-essential places of work are only permitted to open if they have a designated shelter or protected place that can be reached by workers within 90 seconds.
    • Economic damage to industry – mainly as a result of lost working time – after just one day of conflict, has been assessed at $80 million.
  • JFNA’s Israel office continues to operate under emergency protocols and is in close touch with relevant Israeli government branches, our partners, and individual federation representatives on the ground. o JFNA’s Israel office attended a meeting yesterday afternoon of the Emergency Coordination Roundtable (known by its Hebrew acronym, “Rahel”) at IDF military headquarters in Tel Aviv.
    • JDC is in the middle of a process of reaching out to municipalities in the South to asses needs. JDC has also opened the Virtual Center for Independent Living, which is a hotline for elderly residents living alone who may need special help, advice or counseling during the current emergency situation. The hotline was established with the support of a Jewish Federations grant. In addition, the JDC Ashalim program has recently trained social workers who work with families at risk, to provide special care during emergency situations and crises. The social workers are provided with a special emergency kit, which has proved – over the last 24 hours – to be extremely effective.
    • The Jewish Agency’s Fund for Victims of Terror (supported by Jewish Federations) has already provided immediate emergency assistance to families whose homes in the south have suffered direct hits. Within hours of yesterday’s attacks, the Agency’s Amigour subsidiary sent construction teams to repair homes hit by rocket fire, in coordination with the Ministry of Finance.
    • The Jewish Agency has also provided assistance to 6,500 new immigrants in absorption centers and 5,000 seniors in assisted living facilities in areas affected by the current crisis. At the same time The Agency is in talks with local municipalities in the south discussing the possibility of respite days for residents of the affected areas.
    • The Israel Trauma Coalition’s resilience centers continue to experience a significant increase in emergency calls. The Natal and Eran hotlines are operating at full capacity, 24 hours a day, and are currently reporting a 40% increase in call volume. Over 50% of calls are coming from the center of the country, 20% from the South and 15% from the North. Most calls are from anxious parents seeking guidance as to how to speak with their children about the situation. ITC instructions that provide recommendations on to how to help children cope in times of crisis, have been widely disseminated.

As always, JFNA’s Israel office remains in close touch with Israeli government authorities and our partners and is very closely monitoring the situation.

Sincerely,
Eric D. Fingerhut
President & CEO
The Jewish Federations of North America

Sources: Office of the Prime Minister, Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, IDF Spokesperson, Israel Channel 12 News, Galei Tzahal Radio, the Jerusalem Post


November 12, 2019  |  6:02 pm
From the Jewish Community Relations Council

 

Israel e-Update from the JCRC

Obviously, the number-one topic that is dominating our hearts, minds, and news feeds are the rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel. Indiscriminate attacks against civilian populations aim to incite fear and terror within those populations, turning everyday acts such as driving to the store and going to school into dangerous activities that could result in harm and even death.

News sources report that the rockets began targeting Israeli civilians at about 5 a.m. Tuesday, an hour after what the Israel Defense Forces called a “surgical strike” on Baha Abu al-Ata in Gaza City. Baha Abu al-Ata was killed in a joint operation carried out by the Israel Defense Forces and the Shin Bet security service, during which the commander in charge of the most recent slew of rocket attacks against Israel and his wife were killed in their home. In a statement, the IDF said that Abu al-Ata was a “ticking time bomb” with plans to carry out rocket attacks and other terrorist activities against Israel “in the coming days,” and also was directly responsible for several cases of rocket fire from Gaza on southern Israel over the past six months. Close to 200 rockets have been reported fired upon Israel.

The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted at least 60 of the rockets. Several homes sustained direct hits or damage from the rockets, as did a factory and a highway. About 25 Israelis were hurt in the Gaza rockets salvoes, some of which reached as far as Tel Aviv.

Schools from communities on the border with Gaza in the south all the way to Tel Aviv in the country’s center were ordered closed on Tuesday, leaving more than 1 million children at home.

Several hours after the rockets, the IDF carried out three waves of retaliatory attacks on Gaza. Palestinian Wafa news agency said five Palestinians were killed and dozens injured in the retaliatory airstikes. Earlier in the day defense officials said that if Islamic Jihad restrained itself and Hamas did not join the rocket fire, Israel would also hold back from escalating and carry out retaliatory strikes against Hamas.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a televised address to the nation that the Security Cabinet approved the strike on Abu al-Ata 10 days ago, saying the Palestinian terrorist leader was planning more and imminent rocket attacks on Israel. He said the IDF was told to strike when it found an opportunity.

There are several sources you can consult for timely updates (in reverse alphabetical order):

Statements (in alphabetical order):

Individuals:
Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett
US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman
Benny Gantz
URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Vice President Mike Pence
President Reuven Rivlin

Organizations:
AIPAC
Israel Policy Forum
J Street
Zionist Organization of America

News articles (for further reading):

 


November 12, 2019  |  1:55 pm
Lives Updates from Haaretz.com
www.haaretz.com/israel-news/israel-kills-islamic-jihad-gaza-rockets-tel-aviv-hamas-damscus-syria

 

Live Updates: Amid Israel-Gaza Mediation Efforts, Islamic Jihad Warns ‘Coming Hours Will Mark Victory’ for Palestinians

Tsafrir Abayov/AP

More than 190 launched at Israel, after senior official, wife die in targeted assassination | House takes direct hit at Gaza border community | 30 Palestinians wounded in Israeli strikes | U.S. envoy to the Mideast expresses support for Israel

In one of the most serious flare-ups between Israel and the Gaza Strip in months, Israel confirmed Tuesday that it had killed the commander of the Islamic Jihad group in the coastal enclave, sparking a fierce response from Gaza militants.

Baha Abu al-Ata was killed in a joint operation carried out by the Israel Defense Forces and the Shin Bet security service, during which the commander in charge of the most recent slew of rocket attacks against Israel and his wife were killed in their home.

Shortly after Islamic Jihad and Hamas vowed to retaliate, a barrage of rockets was launched at southern and central Israel, activating sirens across half the country. The Israeli military said that 50 rockets have been launched at Israel since Tuesday morning, 20 of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.

Three more Palestinians were killed and 30 were wounded in strikes the Israeli military conducted in the Strip during the day, Gaza’s Health Ministry said.

Israel is preparing for further escalation. Schools and all non-essential work were cancelled throughout the targeted areas. Local authorities have ordered the opening of shelters wherever necessary.

LIVE UPDATES – Haaretz.com is posting live updates on the escalating crisis here.

21:36 P.M. Three Palestinians killed in Israeli strike in northern Gaza

The bodies of three Palestinians were found at a site struck by Israel  near Beit Lahia in the northern Strip, raising death toll to eight.

9:14 P.M. Gaza rocket barrage fired at Ashkelon, nearby communities

9:05 P.M. Israeli aircraft attacks Islamic Jihad rocket launch post in northern Gaza

An Israeli aircraft struck an underground Islamic Jihad rocket launch post in northern Gaza, from which rockets were fired at Israel earlier, the army said.

8:41 P.M. Islamic Jihad spokesperson says coming hours ‘will mark Palestinian victory’   

Abu Hamza, spokesperson for Islamic Jihad’s military wing, said that the “coming hours will mark victory for the Palestinian people. Israel began this campaign, buy it will be notified when it ends.”

 


November 12, 2019  |  11:47 pm
From the Desk of Isaac Herzog
Chairman of the Executive, The Jewish Agency for Israel

 

Israel Under Fire – A Special Message from Isaac Herzog

Iraelis take cover as missile sirens blare in central Israel. Photo: Hasifa School of Photography / Edi Israel

Dear Friends and Partners,

Israel is once again embroiled in a round of fighting.

At 4:00 a.m. Israel time, the IDF attacked and killed vicious Islamic Jihad leader, Baha Abu el-Ata, who was responsible for planning and executing attacks against Israeli citizens, including last weekend’s attack in Sderot. About two hours later, at 6:00 a.m., terrorists fired a massive barrage of rockets on Tel Aviv, Rishon Letziyon, Rehovot, Ashdod, Ashkelon and communities along the Gaza border. The rocket fire continues as of this writing.

As of now, nearly 30 people have been lightly injured due to the rocket fire. School has been canceled in the greater Tel Aviv area, the Shfela region and in southern Israel, with close to one million children remaining home today. The Home Front Command also instructed residents of these areas to refrain from going to non-essential workplaces, a directive that was technically later canceled, but resulted in most people staying home and massively impacting Israel’s economy. Millions of Israeli citizens stayed close to bomb shelters today, and normal routines were dramatically disrupted. By 1:00 p.m. Israel time, more than 200 rockets were fired at Israel, and fire continues. Most of the rockets fired at Israel were intercepted by the Iron Dome system, but some hit homes (where luckily the residents had taken shelter in reinforced rooms) and even kindergartens. It is painful to think about what would have happened had these children not remained at home.

The Jewish Agency’s professional security staff have been in direct contact with Israel’s National Emergency Authority and Home Front Command since early this morning, remaining constantly updated on the appropriate protective measures required in the wake of the ongoing rocket fire.

Jewish Agency absorption centers and other integration programs that operate in southern and central Israel house close to 6,500 new olim (immigrants) who’ve recently arrived from around the world. In addition, about 7,700 young people from overseas are currently in Israel as part of Israel experience programs, including Masa Israel Journey, a joint project of the Government of Israel and The Jewish Agency. This morning, all olim and Masa participants received a refresher briefing on proper conduct during a missile attack and are remaining in proximity to secured areas. The Jewish Agency and Masa are in close contact with all program staff, closely following developments and providing any support needed.

Amigour, The Jewish Agency’s housing program for senior citizens and other vulnerable populations serves about 5,000 seniors, mostly Holocaust survivors. They live in assisted living facilities located throughout Israel. Dedicated staff are supporting these residents in accordance with official emergency guidelines. Earlier, shrapnel from an intercepted rocket fell near the entrance of an Amigour assisted living facility for seniors in Ashdod. Luckily, residents of the facility had evacuated to a reinforced area when the shrapnel fell.

The Jewish Agency’s Fund for the Victims of Terror is prepared to provide immediate aid to citizens in need, in coordination with Israel’s emergency services and municipal agencies. The Fund’s staff have been in contact with a family from Netivot whose home was directly hit by a rocket. Thankfully they are not injured, but their home suffered significant damage. They will already receive emergency financial assistance in the coming hours.

As of this morning, The Jewish Agency Situation Room has been working in emergency mode, providing guidance to The Jewish Agency’s professional staff who oversee program participants from Israel and overseas, including those in the Kol Ami and Ofek Pre-Army Academies.

We are prepared for the possibility that this emergency situation may continue for some time. In times of crisis, The Jewish Agency conducts an emergency leadership forum to ensure everyone is updated and all needs are being met. This forum, headed by Jewish Agency Chief Operating Officer Yehuda Setton, began to operate as soon as the events commenced and will continue to do so, even several times daily, as necessary.

At times like this, we know and feel the support of the entire Jewish family. I was very moved this morning at the JFNA FedLab, standing side by side with JFNA President and CEO Eric Fingerhut and Chair of the Board of Trustees Mark Wilf, to hear such unwavering support for the people of Israel during this difficult time. Our unity is our greatest strength and will carry us through these difficult times.

Let us pray for peaceful days ahead.

 

 

 

Isaac Herzog
Chairman of the Executive
The Jewish Agency for Israel

 


November 12, 2019  |  9:28 am
From the Desk of Eric D. Fingerhut
President & CEO, The Jewish Federations of North America

 

Israel Update from JFNA’s Israel Office

Home Front Command soldiers assisting in the evacuation of the children’s ward in Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon.

Dear Colleagues,

As you are probably aware, there has been a major flare-up in violence between Israel and Gaza in recent hours. Here are the major points:

  • Overnight, the IDF bombed a building in the Gaza Strip in a highly targeted strike which killed senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad Leader Bahaa Abu Al-Ata, as well as his wife.
    • The attack hit the specific room where Al-Ata was located, leaving the rest of the building undamaged.
    • Baha Abu Al Ata was a senior leader in the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. He was responsible for perpetrating the vast majority of terrorist attacks against Israel from the Gaza Strip in 2019.
    • These terrorist attacks included a barrage of rocket fire. Between May 4 and May 5 2019, Israeli Memorial Day, the PIJ launched over 600 rockets at Israeli civilian centers, striking Israeli roads, homes, businesses, a kindergarten and hospital. Throughout 2019, over 800 rockets and mortar shells were launched at Israel from the Gaza Strip.
    • IDF photos of the Gaza attack, as well as additional background on Al-Ata can be seen here.
    • Security officials confirmed that after a green light from the security cabinet over a week ago, they identified a specific window of opportunity to strike Al Ata in his bed, without risking nearby civilians.
    • Netanyahu on the attack: “Terrorists think they can hit civilians and hide behind civilians. We showed that we can hit the terrorist with minimal damage to civilians. Anyone who thinks they can hit our civilians and get away with it is wrong. If you hit us we will hit you.”
    • The IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi said that al-Ata was the person who tried to undermine Israel’s efforts to reach a ceasefire with Hamas in the Gaza Strip. “In recent days he was working to perpetrate attacks against Israel. We tried to thwart his efforts in different ways without success and we then recommended a targeted killing.”
    • In addition, another senior Islamic Jihad figure was attacked in Damascus, but details of that event are still unclear.
  • In response, more than 150 rockets have been fired at Israel over the last few hours (since 6:00 am Israel time) and the barrage continues – on almost a minute-by-minute basis – at the time of writing.
    • Sirens have continued to sound across the south, and as far north as Tel Aviv, Modi’in, Rishon L’Tzion, the Rehovot area and Holon.
    • An eight-year-old girl in Holon is in serious condition after suffering what seems to be heart failure while running to her shelter; and a 66-year old woman is in hospital suffering from shock. One man in Be’er Tuvia was lightly injured by shrapnel.
    • A house in Netivot was directly hit and has sustained major damage; but there were no injuries.
    • A factory in Sderot also sustained a direct hit, but there too there were no injuries.
    • Some other minor property damage has been reported, mainly in Sderot; but at this stage, most rockets have either fallen short or been destroyed by the Iron Dome, which has shot down more than 60 rockets in recent hours.
    • These video images (taken from a bus) show the terrifying moment that a rocket hit Highway 4.
  • The IDF’s Home Front Command (known in Hebrew as Pikud Ha’Oref) has issued some far-reaching orders:
    • All schools and kindergartens in the entire country south of Tel Aviv have been closed for the day.
    • In the south, all places of work have been closed, other than “essential services.”
    • In the Tel Aviv region, non-essential places of work are only permitted to open if they have a designated shelter or protected place that can be reached by workers within 90 seconds.
    • With schools and many work places closed, hundreds of thousands of workers remain at home (resulting in enormous cost to the economy).
    • Large cities in the south, including Ashkelon, Ashdod and Be’er Sheva have ordered public shelters to be opened, and have set up their Emergency Command Rooms.
    • Train services have been stopped in much of the south, and a number of roads have been closed.
    • See below for a photo of Home Front Command soldiers assisting in the evacuation of the children’s ward inBarzilai Hospital in Ashkelon.
    • (In a sign of Israeli “gallows humor,” a meme is circulating in Hebrew that reads: “Well if schools are already closed, and it’s Tuesday, we may as well hold elections.”)
  • The Cabinet has been meeting with top military officials throughout the morning.
    • In an interesting issue of timing, Naftali Bennett officially became defense minister at 11am Israel time (in the middle of the crisis). Until then, Prime Minister Netanyahu continued to act as defense minister.
    • Prime Minister Netanyahu and IDF chiefs have stated that they would like to prevent further escalation of the situation, but that they will do what is needed to defend Israel.
    • Blue and White leader Benny Gantz was informed of the targeted hit on Al-Atta before it took place.
    • At the time of writing, initial reports indicate that the IDF has begun attacking Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza in retaliation for the massive rocket barrage.
  • JFNA’s Israel office has activated emergency protocols and is in close touch with our partners and individualfederation representatives on the ground.
    • There are currently no Federation missions travelling under JFNA auspices or Birthright groups in Israel.
    • Two JFNA-organized VIP visits are in Israel, but neither are in areas under fire, and the Israel office is in touch with both.
    • Jewish Agency absorption centers have begun operating in “emergency mode,” meaning that activities take place only within range of a shelter. The Agency is also reaching out to all programs to determine immediate needs.
    • JDC is also currently gathering information and assessing needs from the field.
    • The Israel Trauma Coalition’s resilience centers have naturally experienced a significant increase in emergency calls. One of the buildings where the resilience center operates (in Sderot) was hit and evacuated. There are no physical injuries reported, and workers continue to operate from a different location in the city.
    • Israel’s Emergency Coalition Roundtable (known by its Hebrew acronym “Rachel;” and of which JFNA is a partner) will convene the Civil Society Emergency Forum at 3pm Israel time.

As always, JFNA’s Israel office is in close touch with Israeli government authorities and our partners and is very closely monitoring the situation.

Sincerely,
Eric D. Fingerhut
President & CEO
The Jewish Federations of North America

Source: Office of the Prime Minister, Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, IDF Spokesperson, Israel Channel 12 News, Galei Tzahal Radio, The Jerusalem Post

 

September 5, 2019 
From eJewishPhilanthropy.com
ejewishphilanthropy.com/jdc-responds-to-hurricane-dorian-in-bahamas

 

JDC Responds to Hurricane Dorian in Bahamas

Following the catastrophic devastation wrought by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas, JDC will provide emergency medical supplies through its partner the Afya Foundation and is raising funds for these and other critical needs, including recovery and reconstruction initiatives. To tailor its response to the evolving situation on the ground, JDC has activated its network of partners and is assessing the situation in consultation with these local and international agencies.

Of the 68-countries where JDC has responded to crises and disasters during its history, it has recently deployed humanitarian aid and disaster mitigation initiatives in Mozambique, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Mexico, the Philippines, and the Caribbean.

JDC’s disaster relief programs are funded by special appeals of the Jewish Federations of North America and tens of thousands of individual donors to JDC. Relief efforts of JDC are coordinated with the U.S. Department of State, USAID, the Israeli government and the United Nations, as well as local and international partners.

You can donate to help victims at jdc.org/disasters/#donate