Several JUF leaders are now
in Israel as participants on the Campaign Directors mission, which takes place
against the backdrop of Israel’s renewed conflict with Hamas in Gaza.
The trip provides an
opportunity for leaders of JUF and other Jewish federations from North America
to see the positive impact of their communities’ funding to programs and organizations
Linda S. Fisher,
JUF board member and Campaign Chair of JUF’s Women’s Division, spoke about her
arriving in Israel, the group rushed to a bomb shelter as sirens went off
warning of incoming rockets. The group had only 90 seconds to reach the nearest
bomb shelter. The participants had been briefed about what to do in case of a
siren and what the protocol is within the shelters.
“It’s just the reality,” Fisher said. The
reality being that Israel’s streets, usually bustling with activity, and the
beaches, packed with people, are now eerily empty. “It’s hard. It’s not the way
life should be for anybody.”
Despite the increased danger, “Israel is still Israel,” Fisher said.
“The Israelis and the people on the trip are wonderful.” Despite a few changes
to the trip’s itinerary, members of the group haven’t voiced any desire to leave
“No one is
complaining…It’s just a different kind of trip than it was intended to be,”