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July 11, 2014  RSS feed
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Jewish groups launch emergency campaigns for Israel

JTA and staff reports

American Jewish groups are launching emergency fundraising campaigns to send Israel aid while the fighting with Hamas continues, and the local Jewish Federation has joined the effort.

The Jewish Federations of North America is partnering with the Union for Reform Judaism and the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism for a campaign called Stop the Sirens aimed at distributing safety equipment and emergency information, providing trauma counseling and respite opportunities.

The funds will be sent over the next two weeks and in the immediate aftermath of the conflict, according to the Jewish Federations.

The Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties sent out emails July 11 regarding the Stop the Sirens campaign with links for people to use to make a donation.

The home page on the Federation’s website,, has a large map showing where rockets have landed in Israel and includes information on how people can give. Donors may also call the federation office at (727) 530-3223.

Other Jewish organizations announcing plans to help Israel include:

• The Orthodox Union issued a call for its Israel Emergency Fund to help offer respite and psychological services to children in the conflict zone.

• B’nai B’rith International opened an Israel Emergency Fund.

• The American Jewish Committee sent $50,000 to a hospital in Ashkelon, Barzilai Medical Center, for the purchase of an anesthesia machine for its emergency room.

• The Jewish National Fund approved an emergency allocation to immediately deliver 24 mobile bomb shelters for people living in the new desert community of Halutza. The residents are former evacuees from Gaza who currently reside in trailers. Each safe room costs $30,000 and the organization was appealing for funds to cover that expense.

• American Friends of Magen David Adom, Israel’s emergency services, is asking for money for emergency medical supplies for ambulances and first responders, blood bags and supplies, and communications equipment.

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