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As Israel’s war with Hamas escalates, so too do the human needs. Through its Israel Emergency Campaign, JUF is helping Israel’s resilient but war-weary citizens stay safe, receive needed trauma care, and find respite out of harm’s way.
In addition to last week’s $1 million advance to support its partners' ongoing efforts, JUF wired another $500,000 to Israel earlier today.
This week, in JUF’s Partnership region alone, JUF partner agencies took 5,850 children out of rocket range for respite activities; provided trauma counseling for individuals, new immigrants, and first-responders; and helped provide support services for individuals and families who have suffered casualties.
These and other needs, such as building shelters in residences that do not have them, are expected to rise significantly.
The mayors of the three cities in the Chicago Federation's Partnership Together region -- Kiryat Gat, Lachish and Shafir -- thanked Chicago for the crisis programming and support it is providing to their residents, and urged its continuation.
JUF also has created a special website with continuous updates on the emergency.
Please contribute to the Israel Emergency Campaign to provide essential support to vulnerable Israelis at this critical time.
Meanwhile, a rally in support of Israel is being organized by a number of local groups for this Tuesday, July 22, at noon, across from the Israel Consulate (500 W. Madison St., Chicago).
JUF leaders participated in Jewish Federations of North America leadership missions to Israel this week in a show of solidarity and to assess needs on the ground.
“The ability of Israelis to handle this adversity is miraculous, and every Jew in America has to hear and understand,” said Bill Silverstein, JUF's incoming board chairman.
"The resiliency of Israelis is truly extraordinary," said David Prystowsky of JUF's Jewish Community Relations Council. "Being there this week, I saw the heroes of this conflict in action: doctors, nurses, social workers, counselors and everyone else who goes about their job with focus and dedication amid massive rocket fire. JUF’s work on the ground testifies to our community’s stand for Israel in good times and bad.”
Other Chicago community leaders in Israel during the long stretch of rocket fire have written reflections on their experience, including Rabbi Karyn Kedar of Congregation BJBE and Rabbi Alex Felch of B’nai Tikvah. Rabbi Shoshanah Conover of Temple Sholom continues to update her posts.
From the founders of innovative nonprofits, to socially conscious business leaders to Jewish professionals paving the way for the Jewish future, Chicago is full of young entrepreneurs, humanitarians, educators and social activists striving to make the world a better place, each in his or her own way.
For the third straight year, three dozen of these difference-making young Jewish leaders have been named to "Double Chai in the Chi," Chicago's Jewish "36 Under 36" list, by JUF's Young Leadership Division and Oy!Chicago.
This year’s list includes the founder of a yoga company that empowers young girls, a creator of the SpotHero parking app, a Jewish outreach director connecting with interfaith families, and a lawyer fighting for the rights of those with disabilities, just to name a few.
All 36 honorees will be celebrated at YLD’s “WYLD in Paris” party at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, at Studio Paris, 59 W. Hubbard St., Chicago. The party is open to the public. Tickets are $20 in advance or $30 at the door. Register here.
Sen. Dick Durbin says he is "shocked by Hamas' barbaric use of its own civilians as human shields."
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Senate Resolution 498, a show of solidarity with Israel, was unanimously approved Thursday, following unanimous approval last Friday of the House version, Resolution 657. The bipartisan Senate statement, introduced by Sen. Mark Kirk along with Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, had 78 cosponsors, including Durbin.
In his speech on the House floor, Schock describes the benefits the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago has seen from the IRA charitable rollover. In addition, the package also included an extension of the deadline for claiming charitable tax deductions from New Year’s Eve to April 15. Both measures would help charities, such as JUF, in their fundraising efforts.
Illinois Reps Cheri Bustos, Rodney Davis, William Enyart, Bill Foster, Randy Hultgren, Adam Kinzinger, Daniel Lipinski, Brad Schneider, Aaron Schock, and John Shimkus voted in favor of the bill.
It’s not too late to give your teen a summer experience full of both fun activities and tikkun olam.
Registration closes July 25 for Camp TOV, a week-long program for teens in middle school and high school that focuses on volunteering. Campers will volunteer with organizations such as Bernie's Book Bank, Twist Out Cancer, the Northern Illinois Food Bank and CJE SeniorLife, as well as serve meals to those in need, plant in a public park, and much more.
Camp TOV is available in two sessions: Aug. 4-8 and Aug. 11-15. Spots are first come, first served. Email TOVteen@juf.org with questions or for more information.
Jerry Silverman, president and CEO of the Jewish Federations of North America, commented on the taste of Israeli life he experienced during a solidarity mission there with other Jewish leaders.
Israel’s Ministry of Defense has categorized the murder of Palestinian teen Muhammed Abu Khdeir as an act of terror.
On the 20th anniversary of the terrorist bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, Pope Francis -- the former archbishop of that city -- posted a video calling for justice for the victims. "Buenos Aires is a city that needs to cry," he said, "that still hasn’t cried enough."
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