In light of the violence taking place in Israel, The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore has assured members of the Jewish community that they are closely monitoring the events taking place there.
In partnership with the Jewish Federations of North America, the Jewish Agency for Israel and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, The Associated reported they are providing “immediate and necessary support and resources, including trauma relief for those at risk and mobilization for vulnerable populations to safer environments.”
The Associated encourages members of the community to lend their support in a variety of ways: by making a contribution to its Israel Emergency Relief Campaign; by visiting associated.org to keep abreast of the newest information; by following The Associated on Facebook and Twitter; by messaging friends and family in Ashkelon on the Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership Facebook page; or by sending a card to the children of Ashkelon by emailing Amalia Phillips at the Macks Center for Education.
The Associated and its partners are not the only Jewish organizations stepping up to support Israel. The National Council of Jewish Women has initiated an emergency fundraising drive to support the EDEN Association for at-risk teenage girls, an organization it has long supported through its Israel Granting Program.
NCJW announced it has raised more than $10,000 in gifts in less than 24 hours for EDEN, which is located just a mile-and-a-half from the Gaza Strip, where many of the most serious attacks have taken place.
“Because the girls of EDEN come from high-risk home environments, returning to their families at this time is not an option,” said NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman. “NCJW is grateful that when the need is greatest, once again our supporters come through quickly and generously with critical funds to ensure that these young girls can be moved to safety.”
The public can support EDEN by donating through NCJW’s website.
“Life is complicated in this part of the world, but the services we fund go on because they must,” said Michael Friedman, senior vice president of The Associated’s philanthropic planning and services department, who is in Israel on the JFNA campaign chairs and directors mission. “For those of us visiting, this is nothing like our normal routine. Unfortunately for the citizens of Israel, sirens and shelters are all too familiar.”