Crisis Response – Israel


Israel War 2023 – Updates from April 12, 2024

In the last three months Hamas has fired more than 11,000 rockets at Israel, displaced hundreds of thousands of Israelis, and torn entire communities apart. While it has been a long fight, it is not over. Your gift today can help us provide the much-needed resources to Jews who depend on us for critical humanitarian aid.  

On October 7, 2023, Hamas terrorists invaded southern Israel, murdering more than 1,200 Israelis, and taking more than 200 hostages. Entire communities were left in ruins. Israel responded with a military campaign, dubbed Operations Swords of Iron, aimed at eliminating Hamas once and for all.  

Israel continues to face conflict, and she is in desperate need of our help – help The Fellowship is providing every day during this crisis. And we are doing it thanks to supporters like you. Israel needs you now more than ever. 

The Fellowship’s Impact

The Fellowship is assessing needs daily, as we are receiving an overwhelming number of requests for aid. Our initial focus will be delivering aid to three populations hardest-hit by this crisis:

· Evacuees from war-torn areas, who were forced to leave their homes

· First responders and volunteers who need medical equipment

· Elderly beneficiaries, families, and new olim (immigrants), who need necessities like food, water, medical equipment, and psychological counseling to deal with trauma

In total, The Fellowship has allocated and distributed more than $19 million in emergency aid to communities and residents in regions of Israel most heavily affected by the devastating terror attacks.

Help Israel Now with Your Donation 

In these difficult times, every donation, big or small, contributes to a larger impact, giving hope to those facing the horrors of war. 

Your donation today could provide an essential food box and lifesaving aid to a Jewish person in need. Every blessing is a way to ease the burdens of those in need in Israel and her people during this moment of uncertainty—a way to share what we have with those who have lost everything. 


Families

Games for Netivot Children-shelter
  • The Fellowship has set up an Emergency Response Center in Ramle, where local authorities are helping families locate their loved ones
  • We’re supplying entertainment kits for children in Sderot and Netivot who have been forced to stay in their bomb shelters since October
  • We’re supplying 600 food cards to families evacuated for their own safety from the region
  • More than $500,000 ($1,250 per family) will be distributed to 400 families of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) personnel that were injured in combat
  • Distribution of 1,600 grants of about $1,250 each to families evacuated from the southern areas hardest hit by the conflict

Aid

adult man in IFCJ-branded flak jacket delivering food to elderly woman
  • 5,850 prepared meals and 70 food boxes were given to elderly besieged in their homes during the first week of the conflict
  • We’re providing thousands of meals for elderly in the southern towns of Netivot, Sderot, and Ofakim
  • We’re providing clothing, food, and transportation for the city of Be’er Sheva
  • Mobile units are supplying food, water, and a listening ear for those seeking information on their missing loved ones
  • The transfer of $500,000 (with a matching commitment from the Israel Lottery Commission, for a total of $1 million) to communities on the Gaza border to address immediate critical needs such as food, medication, transportation, and therapy services

Security

Man carrying child walking through destruction in Israel
  • Supplying 5,038 ballistic and protective flak jackets to firefighters and emergency teams
  • Transportation and installation of 30 portable bomb shelters—during the first week of the crisis—along the northern border and in the Galilee region
  • Distributing 1,200 medical and equipment bags to paramedics and other emergency teams
  • A grant of more than $375,000 to NETEL (Victims of Trauma from Terror Activities) to increase their support hotlines, which have seen a 6,000% jump in calls since the outbreak of the war
  • 2,900 helmets for members of standby emergency teams in northern and southern Israel

*Numbers are reported from April 12, 2024 and are subject to change.


Prayer Points for Israel

Check out our prayer points page to read comforting Bible verses and identify specific prayer needs in this time of crisis.

Pray for Israel

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