North American Jews launch drive for Israeli bombing victims

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 3:53pm

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Jewish Federations of North America launched a campaign to help Israeli families driven from their homes by rocket fire emanating from Gaza.

The Stop the Sirens campaign started Friday is in partnership with the Reform and Conservative movements. It is being implemented in collaboration with the overseas partners of Jewish Federations — the Jewish Agency for Israel, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, the Israel Trauma Coalition and other groups — and coordinated with the  Israeli government.

On Monday and Tuesday, Jewish Federations leaders will visit Israeli towns directly and repeatedly affected by the rocket attacks.

Meanwhile, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews said Sunday that it was opening a new emergency support center for the elderly and allocating more funds for bomb shelters for southern Israelis, who have been the major targets of Gaza bombing. The center will provide a base for volunteers to contact and accept calls from the elderly in need of assistance.

Fellowship volunteers will deliver food, medication and emotional support to the elderly in endangered areas, the organization said in a statement.

In the past week, the fellowship said it raised over $2 million from Christian supporters of Israel to help the victims of Gaza rockets.

“As we have done before during times of crisis, this time we will again increase our support in order to protect and provide for Israel’s children, elderly, and families,” said Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, the group’s founder and president.

 

 

 

 

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