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July 17, 2014
Federations Launch Israel Emergency Campaign
The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is joining a national emergency campaign to raise funds for Israelis affected by the ongoing conflict with Gaza.
In a letter to the community, Federation officials said it is “unacceptable” that no one in Israel, particularly in the South, has any semblance of a normal life. Many children are traumatized.”
“Our Federation is compelled at this very serious time to take action,” wrote Sherrie R. Savett, Federation president; Bud Newman, campaign chair and Stephen A. Cozen, chair of the Israel Emergency Fund. “We strongly encourage you to join us in standing with our family in Israel.”
The national campaign is being coordinated by the Jewish Federations of North America under the banner “Stop the Sirens,” in cooperation with the Reform and Conservative movements. The funds will be directed to such needs as delivery of food and medicine to the elderly and disabled, trauma counseling and transporting children out of harm’s way to camps and other places to give them respite from the shelters. The Jewish Federations is seeking to raise $10 million in the special campaign, $5 million of which has already been pledged, according to officials.
Of that, the Philadelphia Federation has been asked to raise $253,000. But the local Federation is hoping to exceed that goal, according to CEO Naomi Adler, with the aim of sending additional funds to Netivot and Sedot Negev, Philadelphia’s partnership regions in the south of Israel that have been hit especially hard.
To donate, go to: jewishphilly.org/israelfund or call 215-832-3484 or send a check payable to Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, stipulating that it is for the Israel Emergency Fund, to: Donor Services, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, 2100 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103.
Other groups raising money locally include:
- Friends of the Israel Defense Forces is raising money for toilet kits and snack packages for soldiers on the front lines.
- Jewish National Fund is raising funds to provide mobile bomb shelters, equipment and other emergency assistance
- American Friends of Magen David Adom for equipment and protection for paramedics.