July 24, 2014 26 Tamuz 5774
it comes to crisis, unfortunately our Israeli brothers and sisters are
all too familiar. This week as we welcome Shabbat our hearts and minds
are with all of Israel. As operation “Protective Edge” continues and
the government and army of Israel take the necessary measures to protect
its citizens, we across the ocean must do all that we can. We have
witnessed an increased complexity in the conflict and that the recent
barrage of rockets have reached new and further targets with in Israel.
For more analysis I invite you to read here.
I speak with family, friends and members of our movement in Israel I
have an increased sense of their resilience despite everyone’s worry and
hopes that this end as soon as possible.
What YOU can do
The Jewish Federations of North America are mobilizing a communal response
to the situation in Israel. As the Zionist wing of the Reform Movement,
ARZA supports this united effort of the organized Jewish community. We
encourage you to join us and the rest of the Movement in supporting this campaign.
There will be a special allocations process and all funds raised
during this campaign will be immediately released to Israel and
distributed among important projects, including those of our Reform
Efforts on the ground through our Movement
We at ARZA stand in solidarity with the important work that our movement in Israel is doing right now.
IMPJ, led by Keren BeKavod, our humanitarian relief arm, immediately
began carrying out the following emergency response activities:
Emergency Activity Packages
families are in a situation where they are stuck at home and have no
means of occupying the children. In many of the towns and cities in the
south day camps have been cancelled. Some groups as noted above have
spontaneously organized “home day camps”. We are supporting both
individual families and home day camps by preparing and distributing
2000 emergency activity packages. Just yesterday the campers at the IMPJ
youth summer camp, packed hundreds of these packages that are being
Hosting Families and Children in the North and Arava
is a great need to engage children sitting in shelters and to provide
their families with a day of “relaxation and rest” from the bombings.
The following are programs that will take place over the next few days:
Havaya Summer Camp- Next week the Havaya Summer Camp of Noar Telem (the
IMPJ youth movement) will open its doors and add to its existing
campers another 50 youth from the south of Israel (between ages 9-14). A
special “fun” program will be developed for the youth who will join the
participants in the camp and participate in Educational field trips and
visit special attractions.
congregations and communities in the North along with the Leo Baeck
Academic Campus and Community Center in Haifa, and Kibbutz Yahel and
Lotan in the Arava have agreed to host families and children in homes of
members. The congregations and communities in addition to hosting will
arrange cultural, touring, and recreational activities for the families.
There has been an outpouring of volunteers from IMPJ congregations including those living with sirens.
We all pray for an end to the conflict, for minimal suffering on all sides, and for peace.
Let us pray for increased strength and of course for Peace:
"יְהוָה עֹז לְעַמּוֹ יִתֵּן יְהוָה יְבָרֵךְ אֶת-עַמּוֹ בַשָּׁלוֹם"
Adoani will give strength unto His people;
Adonai will bless his people with peace ”
This Shabbat, as we keep Israel in our hearts and in our minds, let us say together these words:
shalom bimromav, hu ya'aseh shalom aleynu, ve'al kol Yisrael ve'imru
amen, may the One who makes peace in the high heaves make peace for us,
all Israel, and all who inhabit the earth." Amen.
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