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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.

 

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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.

    Read his miraculous story
  • 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.

    Read more
  • 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.

    Hear from Neta
  • 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.

    Read more about the Kidrons

An update on our activities: 

Fund for Victims of Terror

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.

Shlichim

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.

Olim in Jewish Agency Facilities

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.

Elderly Residents in Amigour Homes

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.

Lone Soldiers

We are working closely with Wings, our program for lone soldiers serving in the Israel Defense Forces who do not have family in Israel, supporting our network of 2,200 lone soldiers, and sending social workers to visit those who have been wounded.

Emergency Grants and Loans for Businesses in the South

We have provided 11,819,000 ILS in emergency grants to 1,542 small businesses in the south as well as interest-free microloans of up to 100,000 NIS; we have approved more than 4 million ILS in loans to 55 small businesses so far and have many more applications still in process.

While we do not know how long this war will last, what we do know is that we will continue to be there for the victims, survivors and the global Jewish people during this dark time. To support our critical efforts, please donate today.

 

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