Israel Crisis Relief Fund

Host Organization: The Jewish Federation of Greater Washingtonmdi-circle-small North Bethesda, MD , USA mdi-circle-small


At this holy time of Shabbat, Shemini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah, while Jews were immersed in celebration and spiritual contemplation, dozens of terrorist gunmen infiltrated communities near the Gaza border and Hamas launched a deluge of thousands of rockets at Israel cities.

At the time of this writing, at least 100 Israelis have been killed and 900 wounded. News reports have noted that soldiers and civilians have been kidnapped and taken hostage, including an Israeli mother and her children.

Prime Minister Netanyahu has declared a state of war and issued orders to mobilize large numbers of reservists. This is a terrifying moment for our family in Israel, and we fear the horror will be quite prolonged.

The Israeli people across the political spectrum are unified in their resolve and response to this attack. Federation and our Jewish community stand with them.

In moments like these, Federation has the responsibility to mobilize our community to help the people of Israel. As Israelis stand strong against this deluge of terror and violence, we will support them however we can.

We have opened an Israel Crisis Fund to raise essential dollars for those in need, which will be distributed swiftly through our partners on the ground, including through the Fund for Victims of Terror. We will continue to closely monitor the situation, respond accordingly, and provide updates as often as possible.

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About the Host

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is working to strengthen the Jewish community in the District of Columbia, Suburban Maryland, and Northern Virginia. We mobilize community builders and organizations to identify and develop solutions to our community’s greatest needs. We serve as a hub to generate the kind of innovation and big thinking needed to guide our community to a vibrant future.

Federation’s unique perspective, reach, and relationships within the community empower us to meet both individual and collective needs, now and for the future. And our vantage point from the nation’s capital gives us the vision to address the concerns of the Jewish people across the country and around the world.

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