WASHINGTON — Several groups of American Jewish leaders are heading to Israel on solidarity missions.
A delegation from the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations will arrive on Monday July 14, and meet government and military officials and tour areas susceptible to rocket fire by Hamas.
“We trust that our presence will be a source of strength and support as the people go into the second week of constant bombardment by hundreds of missiles targeting a civilian population,” the Conference said Friday in a statement.
Meanwhile, Jewish Federations across North America have launched an emergency fund aimed at providing urgent and immediate assistance to Israeli communities under the barrage of rockets attacks from Gaza. The “Stop the Sirens” campaign, as it’s being called, is a partnership with the Reform and Conservative movements and is to start early next week. The campaign is being implemented in collaboration with Jewish Federations’ overseas partners, the Jewish Agency for Israel, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, the Israel Trauma Coalition and other groups and coordinated with the Government of Israel.
Funds will be used to augment efforts already underway by Jewish Federations’ partner agencies for a number of initiatives, including funding of grants through The Fund for the Victims of Terror, distribution of safety equipment and emergency information, establishment of emergency databases (powered by money raised in previous emergencies which boosted resiliency during the first days of conflict), trauma counseling and respite.
Jewish Federations leaders will travel to Israel’s south Sunday, July 13. The mission will travel to a number of areas targeted by rockets, including the “Yaelim” absorption center in Beersheba, Kibbutz Or Ha’Ner, and a resilient center in Sderot with Talia Levanon, the director of the Israel Trauma Coalition.
Later on Sunday, federation leaders from all over North America will arrive to visit the towns of Ashkelon, Sderot and the Gaza border region.