Baltimore Stands with Israel

July 18, 2014
BY Melissa Gerr
Local organizations offering events for Israel solidarity
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Rabbi Moshe Hauer

The events unfolding in Israel are geographically far from Maryland, but Jewish Baltimore will show

its solidarity and support for the Jewish state through prayer, gatherings and messages sent directly to the soldiers taking part in Israel’s ground offensive in the Gaza Strip.

Israeli embassy representatives, community leaders and politicians will be on hand Monday, July 21 at 7 p.m. for a Gathering of Solidarity to be held at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts at the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC. The event has been organized to create an opportunity for the Baltimore community to demonstrate its support for Israel and Israel’s right to defend itself.

The program will feature guest speakers, including Oren Marmorstein, counselor for public affairs and national coordinator of academic affairs at the Israeli Embassy, and Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin and will also include the recitation of tehillim with
of Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion Congregation. In addition, Amian Kelemer, whose daughter recently completed service with the Israel Defense Forces, will speak from her perspective as the parent of an Israeli soldier.

The Gathering of Solidarity is sponsored by the Baltimore Jewish Council and co-sponsored by The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and the Baltimore Israel Coalition. For additional information, call the Baltimore Jewish Council at 410-542-4850 or go to its website at baltjc.org/standwithisrael.

Hauer has also put a call out to all Jewish camp directors asking that campers help design small notes or cards that will be included in care packages to be delivered to soldiers. He extended his request to anybody in the community who would like to create and send a note of solidarity to Israeli troops.

Hauer will be traveling to Israel next week and asks that the cards and letters be sent or dropped off by Monday at 5 p.m. to the office of Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion at 6602 Park Heights Ave.

Agudath Israel of America is asking that all Jews pray for the safety of the Israeli soldiers and the citizenry of Israel, and “to undertake meaningful acts of kindness, charity, Torah-study and special observances to help merit Divine protection of our brothers and sisters in [Israel], on the front lines and everywhere else.”

Recently reopened is the Shmira Project, an organization that enables people to “adopt” one or more soldiers by doing a specific mitzvah in their honor and praying for their protection. Shmira means “guarding” or “protecting” in Hebrew.

“Any mitzvah that you do on behalf of a soldier truly makes a difference, to the soldier and to Jewish unity,” states the Center for Jewish Education’s website. “Write your soldier’s name out and post it where you’ll see it … near the Shabbat candles, on the refrigerator, in your car, in your phone. Then when you are going to do something positive in the world, stop and think of your soldier and include him or her in your mitzvah.”

For more information about the Shmira Project, go to shmiraproject.com or text 240-393-4836.

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