ISRAEL AT WAR
Swords of Iron
Our immediate actions and continued efforts on the ground
Since Hamas attacked Israel on October 7, 2023, more than 1,300 Israelis have been killed, with thousands more injured and 244 taken into Gaza as hostages – 129 remain captive.
In times of crisis, The Jewish Agency for Israel is the first responder of the Jewish people. Through our Fund for Victims of Terror, we have been providing immediate financial assistance to victims and their families, and following up with long-term rehabilitative support. We are also ensuring the safety of vulnerable populations, immigrants in our absorption centers and our program participants and beneficiaries across Israel, and helping rehabilitate the communities devastated by the war.
Our efforts rely on the generosity of The Jewish Federations of North America / United Israel Appeal, Keren Hayesod, foundations and donors from Israel and around the world, and people like you. Please donate today and check this page for news and information as we will post updates as the Swords of Iron war continues.
Real stories, real people: Who our vital work is helping now
Oshri was shot by terrorists, with the bullet piercing his eye and throat, but miraculously survived. With a long road to recovery ahead of him, he’s receiving support from the Fund for Victims of Terror.
As the Director of Youth Futures - Ofakim & Merhavim, Nurit supported mentors on October 7 as Hamas attacked Ofakim, and is now overseeing Youth Futures’ efforts to continue to support its child beneficiaries and their families.
Neta and her boyfriend, Santi, were at home in Kfar Aza when Hamas terrorists broke in and shot them. They managed to escape and Neta's father, a policeman, helped rescue them. Now recovering, they are receiving support from The Jewish Agency's Fund for Victims of Terror.
The Kidron family survived the Hamas terrorists’ assault on their Kibbutz, Be’eri, but as one of the hardest-hit communities, with many killed, injured and kidnapped, and numerous homes destroyed, they are left wondering what will happen to them and their beloved kibbutz.
For years, Ofer Baram worked for The Jewish Agency’s Fund for Victims of Terror, delivering aid to victims. Now, Ofer is receiving aid from the Fund as his son, Aviv, was murdered by Hamas terrorists in Kfar Aza on October 7.
Through The Jewish Agency’s Fund for Victims of Terror, Sela, who survived being shot four times by Hamas terrorists at the Nova Music Festival, is getting financial and emotional support as he recovers.
Tamar was shot in the stomach by Hamas and her boyfriend was killed as they took shelter in a kibbutz apartment after escaping the Nova Music Festival. Now, she is receiving support from the Fund for Victims of Terror as she recovers.
Ilay, Matan, and Addir attended the Nova Music Festival with friends and girlfriends. Without weapons, they bravely and fatally fought off Hamas terrorists to save others. Now their families are receiving support from the Fund for Victims of Terror.
With so many Israelis killed and injured, and countless homes and buildings damaged, the fund is operating on a wider scale than ever before.
In Israel’s dire time of need, our participants and beneficiaries in Israel and abroad are volunteering to help evacuees from Gaza Envelope communities and absorption centers as well as soldiers in the Israeli army.
Doron met with the Bar-Gil family, whose kibbutz was attacked by Hamas, and offered support
Since the Israel-Hamas war began, Amira has been meeting with our beneficiaries and staff, and visiting those wounded in the attacks, offering support and strength.
An update on our activities:
As of January 23, 7,875 grants have been distributed or are in process, providing immediate financial assistance to victims impacted by the war and the families of those killed, wounded or kidnapped. Our hotline number has received over 6,400 calls so far.
To support the Fund, donate here.
Our Shlichim (Israeli emissaries) have coordinated, attended and spoken at over 1,014 outreach activities including rallies and gatherings in solidarity with Israel occurring on college campuses and in cities and countries globally. 1.2 Million participants have joined rallies and activities together with Jewish Agency Shlichim and P2G community representatives. Working with the Shlichut Institute, we are providing Shlichim with the necessary tools and resources to talk about the war and to pivot in their roles to best serve their local communities, especially amidst a rise in antisemitism.
So far, our Shlichim have organized 6,760 educational activities with 254,980 participants and our 97 Israel Fellows on college campuses are supporting 13,600 students who are encountering rising antisemitism.
The Jewish Agency has evacuated thousands of olim from the south and north to safer locations elsewhere in the country, including central Israel, Eilat and Ein Gedi, and organized respite activities and provided ongoing support. The overwhelming majority of these evacuees are new olim from Ethiopia, Ukraine and Russia, many of whom are experiencing rocket fire for the first time. As of December 19, an accumulated 100,043 nights in evacuation stays have been covered by The Jewish Agency and an accumulated 300,129 meals have been provided.
Approximately 5,000 residents live in The Jewish Agency’s Amigour apartments in the Southern and Central Israel regions. We are supplying food packages and essentials directly to residents in need; 21,000 food baskets have been distributed. We are also stocking communal bomb shelters with food and supplies.