Important Israel Updates

from the Managing Director, JFOC- 5/12/21

Dear Friends,

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?

  • If you have relatives or friends in Israel, reach out and let them know they are in your thoughts and prayers.
  • Encourage your representatives in Congress to sign onto this statement in support of Israel: JFNA Action Alert: Urge Congress to Stand with Israel (salsalabs.org)
  • Make a contribution to support those organizations helping those on the ground in Israel.  You can support our partners by making a contribution to the Jewish Federation of Ocean County and directing it to Israel.  Donate here 

 

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.

B’shalom,

Keith

 

Keith Krivitzky, Managing Director

keith@ocjf.org

 

 

 

 

President Rivlin’s remarks on the recent escalation at the official Jerusalem Day ceremony

 

President Rivlin:

 

“This evening, we look at Israel’s enemies, on all fronts, straight in the eye and warn them clearly and without compromise: the security of our citizens is not to be disrupted. We will not allow anyone to interrupt our daily lives. We will not be bowed in the face of any threat. Whoever seeks to test our resilience will find a defensive wall, an iron fist. Let nobody challenge the lethal might of our forces. Do not put them to the test.”

 

“From here, I send my appreciation and thanks on behalf of all Israelis to our security forces, working constantly over the last days to ensure public order. In the north, the south, here in Jerusalem, we all, together, even in the tense times we are experiencing, thank you, have faith in you, know that we can rely on you.”

 

President of Israel Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin delivered remarks this evening, Monday 10 May / 28 Iyyar, at the official Jerusalem Day ceremony held at Ammunition Hill. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Mayor of Jerusalem Moshe Lion also spoke at the ceremony.

 

At the beginning of his remarks, the president commented on the security situation, saying:

 

“The wail of the sirens in Jerusalem a short time ago is still with us. Repeated Code Red alarms that disrupt normal daily lives in the south, right now too, are putting our dear ones in the south of the country, the Gaza envelope that envelopes our whole country, into their safe rooms. From here, I send my appreciation and thanks on behalf of all Israelis to our security forces, working constantly over the last days to ensure public order. In the north, the south, here in Jerusalem, we all, together, even in the tense times we are experiencing, thank you, have faith in you, know that we can rely on you. This evening, we look at Israel’s enemies, on all fronts, straight in the eye and warn them clearly and without compromise: the security of our citizens is not to be disrupted. We will not allow anyone to interrupt our daily lives. We will not be bowed in the face of any threat. Whoever seeks to test our resilience will find a defensive wall, an iron fist. Let nobody challenge the lethal might of our forces. Do not put them to the test.