Responding to the humanitarian crisis created by Hamas’ missile attacks, The Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago (JUF) has advanced $1 million to help meet the urgent needs of 900,000 Israeli citizens currently under fire.
The aid will address the increased, humanitarian and social needs of the people in Southern Israel including: expanding trauma prevention and relief for Israeli children; equipping emergency bomb shelters with water, food and medicine; reinforcing emergency volunteer networks; hotlines to provide information and reassurance, and overnight trips to take the children and youth from the beleaguered communities. JUF’s overseas partners on the ground in Israel—the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the Jewish Agency for Israel—have been delivering this immediate relief, direct services and equipment.
“Hamas’ rocket attacks are aimed at destroying Israel, killing innocent people, and striking terror in the hearts and minds of every man, woman and child within range,” said JUF President, Steven B. Nasatir. “As Israel does what it must to protect the lives of its citizens, Chicago’s Jewish community stands with Israel. We will continue to do what we must to help rebuild what the terrorists destroy, save lives, and reduce the suffering caused by terror.”
Since 2000, more than 8,000 Qassam rockets have been launched from the Gaza Strip into Southern Israel by the terrorist group, Hamas, killing and injuring civilians, damaging homes, schools, businesses and traumatizing populations. Among the victims are thousands of terrorized children who suffer from nightmares, night sweats, and other post-traumatic stress disorders.
JUF has been a key player in providing aid to Israel and the embattled residents in and around Sderot, the southern Israeli city that, until recently, endured the bulk of the missile attacks. JUF has provided more than $32 million—through its Israel Emergency Campaign—to alleviate the impact the war of terror has had on Israel, including sending children from Sderot to summer camp, providing a reprieve from the attacks.
JUF’s $1 million advance, which represents 10% of the $10 million pledged to be raised by the Federations of North America, provides immediate crucial funding for emergency services that aid the victims of terror. For more information, or to make a donation to JUF, visit www.juf.org.