Jewish Federations of North America are mobilizing a massive relief effort, working with our core partners to support victims of terror, rebuild damaged infrastructure, and address the immense levels of trauma caused by this barbaric terrorist attack by Hamas.
Click here to see a full list of the areas our emergency fund helps support.
Please act now. Your gift will help Israeli families to begin process of rebuilding their lives and will send a strong, unwavering message that we stand with Israel now and forever.
100% of every dollar raised through the Israel Emergency Fund will be distributed to provide for the needs of the people, families and communities impacted. We are able to be in Israel immediately in times like this because we’re there day in and day out, all year long, thanks to the impact of the annual campaign.
Send Letters of Support to Israeli Families
Our Partnership is requesting that people who wish to help/offer support write letters and drawings for families (especially to young kids) to offer support.
In light of the recent events in Israel, many families from the Southern region are being hosted in the Hadera-Eron Region (Richmond’s Sister City).
We believe that Showing our support and solidarity is crucial during this difficult time.
We invite individuals, families, schools, and organizations to:
Write a Letter Create a Drawing
Please send or drop off your letter/drawing to Sara Rosenbaum at Federation at firstname.lastname@example.org
Masa Volunteers is a new program offering fellows the opportunity to contribute to a 6-week initiative in Israel.
The first departure is December 5th, the second departure is at the end of December, and the third departure is in early January (dates TBA).
If you are between the ages of 18-40, have a basic knowledge of the English language, have a valid passport, and identify as Jewish, you are eligible to apply.
The Jewish Agency's Response. From Tuesday October 24 , an exclusive and comprehensive briefing on Israel at war. Click here to view the recording.
Why does Hamas fire rockets into Israel? From Unpacked, watch now
Hamas' Control Over Gaza. From Unpacked, watch now
What is Hamas? From AIPAC
The Community Mobilization Center is monitoring major developments in Israel and North America related to Israel’s war. Read the latest communication from the Community Mobilization Center here.
Wellness Resources during this difficult time: Click here
We hear your concerns and want to share with you that the JCFR Community Security Initiative, est. 2019, along with our state, local and federal law enforcement partners have been continually monitoring the situation. Our Regional Security Advisor is in daily contact with his law enforcement partners and all have increased their presence around our facilities and pledged to maintain the heightened level of attention. We have encouraged all our organizations to review their security posture and heighten vigilance.
At this time, there is no known threat to the Richmond area or nationally. If we do receive word from SCN or our trusted partners of an emerging threat, we are ready to react and respond immediately.
For the past three years, The Jewish Community Federation of Richmond has partnered with Secure Community Network (SCN) and the Jewish Federation of the Virginia Peninsula to strengthen our community’s safety, security, and preparedness.
SCN is the official safety and security organization of the Jewish community in North America.
Dave Brackins, our Regional Security Advisor, serves each of our agencies and synagogues and is a key resource and liaison for the Jewish and general community
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JCC Association. Day 19: Iron Swords War: The parents of October 7, 2023, By Leah Garber. October 25, 2023
The Times of Israel. Why is Israel being blamed for the Hamas massacre? October 25, 2023
eJP. JFNA creates allocation committee as it prepares to distribute $500 million in Israel Relief. October 20, 2023.
C-Span. President Biden Delivers Address on Israel-Hamas and Russia-Ukraine Wars. October 19, 2023.
JFNA. Young Jewish Leaders Share Blue Ribbons for Israel with Capitol Hill. October 19, 2023.
Richmond Times-Dispatch. Richmonders with ties to Israel rejoin military in war with Hamas. October 17, 2023.
Richmond Times-Dispatch. Youngkin: Attacks on Israel a crime against humanity. October 17, 2023
CNN. Rachel Goldberg and jon Polin talk about their son Hersh Goldberg-Polin. October 17, 2023
Richmond CBS 6. Richmond community gathers in solidarity with Israel following Hamas attack. October 9, 2023
Our Members of Congress need to hear from you, and more than once. Your Members of Congress need to know you support Israel’s right to defend itself against terrorism and that Congress needs to speak out for the 230 hostages still being held by Hamas terrorists. Your voice matters and is important. Congressional offices are being flooded by calls from those who are not interested in Israel’s survival.
Call Senator Kaine:
Call Senator Warner:
Jennifer McClellan (Richmond):
Rob Wittman (Henrico, Chesterfield, Hanover):
Bob Goode (Powhatan, Goochland, Charlottesville):
On Monday October 9th, the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond held a solidarity gathering.