In response to Israel’s military efforts to stop the barrage of rockets fired from Gaza, and the subsequent escalation in violence, today the arms of the Reform Movement, representing 1.5 million Jews in North America, as well as numerous professional organizations and affiliates, are joining together, calling for spiritual, political, and financial support for Israel.
The Reform Movement has long been an unwavering voice for Israel and today we reaffirm our staunch support for Israel in this moment of crisis. Our Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA) has been in touch with the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism (IMPJ), and today our prayers go out to all those affected by the violence, as we hope for a speedy resolution, and a lasting peace. The entire Reform Jewish Movement is working together to provide support for Israel’s people who find themselves in the line of fire from Gaza rockets, including those in our communities.
We pray that the day will come when our brothers and sisters in Israel can live in peace, without the fear of rockets landing on their homes and schools, and with the prophets’ vision for peace fulfilled. Today, sadly, is not that day.
To that end, we are joining with partners from across the North American Jewish landscape in establishing an Israel Terror Relief Fund. This effort is being coordinated by the Jewish Federations of North America. All donations will go to direct aid, including to our community in Israel, through organizations such as The Jewish Agency for Israel and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, as they work to provide respite and support to the thousands of children and families in Israel’s southern region, food and emergency kits to the elderly and disabled, and many other relief and emergency services. You can donate to this fund online.
Your generosity will allow for an immediate response from the North American Jewish community as we demonstrate our continued collective support for Israel.
Donation information, as well as a wide array of other resources – including liturgical suggestions, background information from many of our affiliates, including ARZA, and curricular materials – are available at urj.org/israel.
As we approach Shabbat we pray that it will be a true “Shabbat Shalom,” a Shabbat of peace and wholeness that carries into the coming weeks.