We Stand With Israel

Terror in Israel 2021

We will update frequently with the latest information as it becomes available.

As a deeply committed Jewish community, we stand in solidarity with our family in Israel and pray for their safety and well-being.

The Jewish Federation system is already at work assisting the victims of terror impacted by the continued attacks against the State of Israel. Because of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston and the Jewish Federations of North America’s (JFNA) ongoing, core support for the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) along with other long-standing partners in Israel, we are able to provide immediate aid during this critical time.

The Jewish Federations of North America’s Israel team has provided extensive updates about what is happening on the ground. That information along with additional resources and partner information can be found below.

Special Briefings

As the situation unfolds, we want to share with you the following opportunities for briefings:

Israel-Hamas Conflict: Context and Impact
Wednesday | May 26 | 2 pm (Central)

The fighting between Israel and Hamas and tensions on the ground have resulted in misunderstandings and narratives that exacerbate the trend in delegitimization of Israel and antisemitism.

Please join JFNA’s Israel Action Network, in partnership with A Wider Bridge, for a briefing to provide a balanced look at the crisis on the ground and its impact on communities in North America.

Day of Action Against Antisemitism
Thursday | May 27 | 3 pm (Central)

The Jewish Federation of Greater Houston stands with Israel and against antisemitism.

We are partnering with the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the American Jewish Committee (AJC), Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, and Hadassah for a Day of Action Against Antisemitism.

This day will give you the tools to amplify your voice with thousands more to demand action. Hear from prominent government officials as well as leaders from the Jewish community and civil rights organizations.

Briefing for the Houston Jewish Community by Neil Lazarus
Sunday | June 6 | 11 am (Central)

Internationally acclaimed expert in the fields of Middle East politics and public diplomacy, Neil Lazarus joins our Houston community for a talk specifically about the current situation in Israel entitled, “Gaza, Understanding the Facts and Answering the Myths.”

Local organizations are invited to partner with us on this briefing. To partner, please click this link to provide your contact information and logo.

May 20, 2021 at 12:45 p.m. (Central Time Zone).

The Jewish Federation of Greater Houston is pleased to partner with Consul General Gilad Katz in a briefing regarding the ongoing situation in Israel and Gaza.

In this session, the Consul General intends to address members of the Jewish community and key partners of Israel to better inform you of the current crisis. He will provide important updates in the ongoing operation, current actions Israel is undertaking, impacts on Israeli civilians, and the rumors of a possible cease fire.

 

Meeting ID: 872 1424 3010 Passcode: 731303

How are Israelis coping with the ongoing rocket attacks? How is the North American Jewish community leading in supporting our brothers and sisters in Israel during this perilous time? 

Thursday, May 20 Virtual solidarity mission hosted jointly by the Jewish Federations of North America and The Jewish Agency for Israel. Eric Fingerhut, CEO of JFNA, and Amira Ahronoviz, Director General and CEO of The Jewish Agency for Israel, will be our eyes and ears on the ground, bringing us personal stories of coping and resilience from a broad range of Israelis.

Broadcast from the Joseph Wilf Senior Citizens’ House, a new building in downtown Tel Aviv that provides affordable housing for Holocaust survivors and immigrants from the former Soviet Union, we have an inside look at how support from Federations through The Jewish Agency for Israel  directly helps Israelis in their hour of need.

Video Recording —

The Jewish Agency for Israel held a special briefing with Ambassador Dr. Michael Oren and Jewish Agency Chairman Isaac Herzog.

Video Recording — 

What is happening in the conflict? With IDF International Media Spokesperson Lt. Colonel Jonathan Conricus.

Jewish Federations and Partners

The Jewish Federations of North America has been closely monitoring the situation on the ground and has activated our Emergency Situation Protocols. They are in close contact with the government, security forces, partners, and individual Federation representatives in the areas under attack.

The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) has placed its Fund for the Victims of Terror into Emergency Mode. The Fund is in contact with the families of the homes that were directly damaged in Ashkelon and the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council, as well as others who have been injured, to determine whether emergency funds are needed and will distribute as appropriate.

The Ashkelon Resilience Center, whose team was extensively trained by Federations’ partner the Israel Trauma Coalition (ITC), is functioning at full emergency capacity. Teams were on emergency duty throughout the night and are preparing to provide reinforcement for local staff in line with any future developments. Anxiety victims are also being treated by ITC in the areas around Jerusalem, where a number of long-range rockets fell yesterday.

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), another overseas partner which is committed to the rescue and relief of Jews and others in danger, is convening their emergency situation team and are assessing the situation on the ground and needs.

Updates and Resources

Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA)

What is happening in Israel?

Updates in Real-Time

How to talk to your kids about Israel

How you can help

Suggested concrete action steps to combat antisemitism