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Jewish Federations’ Response in Israel: Tomer Oshri

On October 7, the Jewish community and those around the world awoke with horror and disbelief as we learned that terrorists from Gaza had infiltrated Israel.

$7.5M
in assistance
distributed to victims of terror
190,000
volunteers trained
to provide essential services
538,000
packages of
clothing and basic goods delivered

As we continue to process the worst atrocities in modern Jewish history, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh continues to act fast in the aftermath. Through your support, organizations such as the Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), World Organization for Rehabilitation Through Training (ORT) and more can provide critical resources to those impacted.

The Need

Hundreds of thousands of people have been impacted across Israel – especially those communities in the Western Negev and in the North. Ranging from victims of terror, evacuees and hostage families to lone soldiers, families of reservists and more. We work with incredible local community organizations, leaders, first responders and individuals who are set up to deliver goods, dollars and services to those who need them most. While the scope of needs is tremendous and ever-changing, our system is designed to continuously assess and meet needs at every moment.

The Response

Within hours of the attack, and in partnership with JAFI, JDC and hundreds of other organizations, Jewish Federations began providing critical resources and immediate assistance. We were on the ground immediately, identifying new critical partners and coordinating with leaders and government. Thanks to continuous funding, we’ve been able to cater to more and more people and their needs.

Below is a story from Tomer Oshri, who volunteered with JDC to help children get back to classes and provide mental health resources for teachers.

 

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