Supporting Israel in Crisis: Was to Help and Donate
What you can do to help Israel at this time
Many of our WLCJ Sisters asked how they can help Israel during this difficult war. Here’s a partial list of organizations to support and resources of more ways to help.
- Jewish Federations of North America Joint Campaign
Jewish Federations are responding, working with our core partners to support victims of terror, help rebuild damaged infrastructure, and address the unprecedent levels of trauma caused by this horrific attack.
- Schechter’s Israel Emergency Campaign
Support Schechter’s Efforts to Assist the People of Israel in Our Time of Strife!
- Masorti’s Emergency War Campaign
The Masorti Movement, NOAM and our kehillot are running various activities to help those affected by the war in Gaza: from spiritual and physical assistance to evacuees, to providing chairs for shiva houses; from preparing meals for soldiers to programming for evacuee children. We have initiated programming based on information available during the first days of the war; we will continually evaluate and update these programs to meet developing needs arising from the war.
- AZM American Zionist Movement – works to promote and defend Zionism in the United States; to deepen and expand the active relationship of the American Jewish Community to Zionism in a contemporary context. AZM are raising funds to purchase laptops, tablets and, cell phones for families who have been evacuated from their homes in southern Israel as a consequence of the horrific terrorist attacks.
- American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee – This leading Jewish humanitarian organization has activated their emergency response team and JDC Responds: Emergency in Israel campaign to support Israelis who are currently in the line of fire including vulnerable populations.
- The Jewish Agency for Israel North American Council (JAFINA) – JAFINA’s Fund for Victims of Terror is a first responder when terror strikes, providing immediate assistance to terror victims, arriving with checks within 24-48 hours of an attack, and following up with long term rehabilitative support.
- Jewish Agency for Israel – Jewish Agency for Israel is strengthening and supporting Israel’s Operation Iron Sword to address the most urgent needs while Israel is under fire and subject to acts of terrorism. This fund supports the victims of terror, new olim living in absorption centers under rocket fire, providing for elderly and disabled that are house bound and renovating shelters. To contribute click here.
- Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund – The JCF has opened an emergency fund and is working with the Israel Trauma Coalition, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and Jewish Agency for Israel to support victims affected by the war in Israel, helping to rebuild damaged infrastructures, and address trauma. Donate here, or through a donor-advised fund here.
- The Jewish Federations of North America JFNA – movement, collectively among the top 10 charities on the continent, protects and enhances the well-being of Jews worldwide through the values of tikkun olam (repairing the world), tzedakah (charity and social justice) and Torah (Jewish learning). To support their efforts click here.
- Jewish National Fund – In the wake of the unprecedented, unprovoked, and devastating attack by the terrorist group Hamas on civilian communities in Israel, Jewish National Fund-USA has mobilized to raise funds critical to meeting the immediate needs created by the thousands of people being forced to flee and evacuate their homes in the shadow of war. Donate to the Israel resilience campaign.
- UJA Federation of New York’s Israel Emergency Fund – In the wake of heinous terrorist attacks, UJA is mobilizing urgently needed relief for the people of Israel. Emergency cash assistance for victims of terror. Critically needed trauma counseling. Care for children in shelters. Burial expenses. Funds to relocate people to safer areas.
- Jewish Funders Network – actively compiling a list of trusted agencies and nonprofits supported by our members both in Israel and the US.
- Blue Ribbon Campaign – The blue ribbon symbolizes support and solidarity for the safe return of the hostages taken by Hamas terrorists in Israel. It symbolizes solidarity with the hostages, their families, and all who care about their safety. Wearing a ribbon publicly unites you with people of all religions, races, nationalities, ethnicities, ages, and generations and demonstrates for the people of Israel that they are not alone and that good people across the globe are with them and their families during this dark time. Send a powerful message of solidarity by wearing your ribbon.
- #VoicesForHostages – Advocate – stay abreast of what is happening, read the news critically, and tell Israel’s story to anyone who will listen. There is no justification for the murder of 1,400 people and the taking of babies, women, and elderly Holocaust survivors as hostages. Full stop. Israelis deserve to live without the threat of terrorism. There shouldn’t be a different standard for Israel than for every other country when it comes to self-defense. Demand the return of the hostages.
- Masorti Solidarity Shabbat — Update and Thank You! – The Rabbinical Assembly and USCJ launch a weekend of events around Solidarity Shabbat of the Conservative/Masorti movement with unwavering solidarity with our family and friends in Israel.
- Urge the UN and Congress – Advocate – How to Help the Hostages
- Prayer for Israel by Rabbi Ellen S. Wolintz-Fields
- A Prayer for Israel in this Time of War by Rabbi Naomi Levy
- A Prayer for the Shmini Atzeret War from The Rabbinical Assembly and Masorti Olami
- A Prayer for the Shmini Atzeret War en español from The Rabbinical Assembly and Masorti Olami
- A Prayer for the Shmini Atzeret War en français from The Rabbinical Assembly and Masorti Olami
- Koren Prayer for Israel
- Koren Prayer for IDF
- Koren Prayer for Missing/Captured Individuals
- Acheinu Lyrics
- Vigil Program Script from Rabbi Aderet Drucker, The Den Collective
- Poems for Jerusalem
- Prayer by Rabbi David Wolpe
- Prayer for Israel at War by Rabbi Michael Knopf
- Prayer for Safe Return of Kidnapped Israelis
- Prayer for the Current War by Rabbi Gil Nativ
- Prayer in Time of War in Israel refashioned by Reuven Kimelman
- A Statement from Rabbi Jacob Blumenthal from the Masorti Global Prayer Gathering
- Hillel International Script for Prayer Vigil
- Psalms and Prayers for Israel compiled by ExploringJudaism.org
- Prayers & Tefillah Resources from ExploringJudaism.org
- D’var Torah from Masorti Israel’s David Arias, a reservist called to IDF duty last week
- Songs for Israel, playlist curated by Rabbi Rebecca Schatz, Temple Beth Am, Los Angeles, CA
- Poem by Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, Dean, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, “One Dove’s Pluck”
- Prayer by Rabbi Pollack – Masorti Congregation Kehilat Sinai in Tel Aviv
- Prayer for Israel by Rabbi Moshe Smolkin,Adath Israel Congregation (Lexington, KY)
- The Michael Levin Base for Lone Soldiers and Lone National Service Volunteers
- Worldwide Kabbalat Shabbat- USCJ prayer booklet
- Masorti Solidarity Shabbat Resources
Reflections on the current situation in Israel from Rabbi Chaya Rowen Baker, Dean of the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary
Makom B’Yachad recording of October 31, 2023, guest speaker, Rabbi Beth Naditch, ACPE Certified Educator, Board Certified Chaplain
Makom B’Yachad recording of October 27, 2023, a Memorial Service for the Children Murdered in the Recent Hamas Attack in Israel