Hoping this message finds you & the family OK given the circumstances. We in Israel are as OK as we can possibly be right now. Rachel, our middle kid, is in a pre-army program right now but thankfully she drafts in one year and will not be on the frontlines. Two Fridays ago, we attended two consecutive funerals — and were supposed to attend a third. Two of three were murdered in the massacre at the music festival in the Negev. And one of the kids grew up with my kids. Another kid who grew up with my kids is now a hostage in Gaza (Hersh Goldberg-Polin). Devastation all around us —
All very painful here and yet, I am also seeing the best of humanity as the country pulls together to support displaced families from Israel’s South — and our soldiers in the North & South of the country. My wife, Nadia, has been spending her days and nights collecting much needed items to help these people. I have been working on an emergency campaign — raising funds for a number of urgent projects we are doing now. I am now reaching out personally to ask for your help. Our dear colleagues Philip Weintraub, David Englander, Debbie Wechsler and Alexander Davis responded generously and I am hoping I can get you on board with this effort as well.
And as I write this note, I am sitting in a bomb shelter at The Schechter Institutes, Jerusalem.
Many have reached out to me and asked if there is any special way they can help support us as we pull through this tragic time in Israel.
Like many other Israeli institutions, our staff and faculty have been working overtime — to support our students, our colleagues and the country. Our donors and friends in North America have been extraordinary in responding to the nightmare that we are all living through, and we are appealing to you now to help us raise $125,000 that will help in several targeted and meaningful ways, including the following (below is a brief digest and attached you can find a fuller explanation of each project):
Please consider a gift either to wholly fund one of the above projects or to generously support our efforts.
I ask that if you would like to underwrite one of these projects, please be in touch with me as soon as possible.
You can make your gift here: https://schechter.edu/schechters-activity-during-the-emergency/
What is most needed right now — of the $30,000 The Schechter Institutes is seeking to raise for assisting the southern Israeli town of Ofakim, we have received $5,000. I am now aiming to raise the other $25,000 within the first part of this week. $1800 or 2500 gifts are most appreciated. Or anything you can do!
Thank you for your love and extra generous support at this time. Whatever you can do Ellen would be so appreciated.
And if you could please forward to your circle of Israel supporting friends/congregants, I would so appreciate it.
Sending love from Israel . . .may we know better days ahead.
Rabbi Matthew Berkowitz הרב מאט ברקוביץ
Vice President, The Schechter Institutes, Inc. סגן הנשיא לשוחרי עמותות שכטר
4 Avraham Granot St. P.O.B. 3501, Jerusalem 9634346 Israel
Tel: 972-54-942-2990 Fax: 972-2-679-1453