JCFR Support for Victims of Terror in Israel -UPDATE
We are pleased to share an update about our Jewish Community Federation’s support for Victims of Terror in Israel. Our Federation, in partnership and with deepest thanks to a select group of donors, raised supplemental dollars to fund the tuition for 11 Israeli children to attend a summer camp for victims of terrorism.
The camp, run by the Jewish Agency for Israel, seeks to help children who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder — mainly as a result of missile and burning kite attacks emanating from Gaza — by providing a structured schedule replete with field trips and emotional support. The camp is run by our partners at the Jewish Agency for Israel. Richmond was one of the key funders who stepped up to ensure no kids were left out of this important program, funding as many kids as communities much larger in population than us. We have much to be proud of. The reality is that these initiatives don’t occur unless the infrastructure and systems our annual campaign provides are in place 365 days a year.
Our Friends at JDC are also working hard in the field. In anticipation of the return to school in September, JDC will provide school-based trauma treatment in the affected region. In addition, the My5! initiative, initially funded by Federation’s Emergency Campaign for Operation Protective Edge and operated in partnership with the Jewish Agency, is helping 10 southern communities cultivate resilience. Working together, they have already developed nearly 40 regional initiatives that they could not have done alone. My5! enables communities to combat emergency scenarios with greater resilience and mobilize swiftly to help each other, as they have already done in this current crisis. One example is a shared-ride model where volunteers provide free rides to older adults in the region, enabling them to easily travel and maintain their daily routine, when possible, during times of emergency. This kind of regional cooperation would be impressive anywhere, but in southern Israel, where ongoing security concerns intensify the underlying challenges of the socioeconomic and geographical challenges, it is particularly remarkable.
Please take a moment and share this story with some of your friends and family and thank them for being part of our remarkable community and Federation.
Ellen Renee and Daniel