As part of the hostage-release deal, 88 hostages have been freed from Hamas captivity in five groups over the last five days and reunited with their families in Israel. An additional 10 Israelis will be released tonight.
Stand With Israel
Coordinated through Jewish Federations of North America, Pittsburgh's Israel Emergency Relief Fund is allocated quickly where it is needed most.
My Home is Your Home
Do you have an apartment in Israel? One of the most important and expensive challenges is finding housing for the residents of the communities surrounding Gaza and the North, who overnight became refugees in their country. Those who wish to offer their apartment will sign a contract with the World Zionist Organization. The contract itself will detail the commitment of the World Zionist Organization to ensure the return of the apartment in the same condition that it was delivered.
Medical Volunteers for Israel
The Israeli Ministry of Health is building a list of medical personnel from abroad to volunteer in Israel should the need arise. Friends of Israel are invited to add their names to their growing community of medical personnel who stand with Israel. Doctors, nurses, and paramedics licensed abroad can join Medical Volunteers for Israel using the Ministry of Health’s online form, to ensure pre-clearance of medical licenses.
Apply online at survey.gov.il/en/internationalvolunteers →.
Emergency Volunteers Project
EVP is fully approved to placing life-saving personnel from the diaspora into the thick of the action whenever and wherever Israel needs it most. Our volunteers come from across the world united together in the mission to save lives in Israel.
Learn more at www.evp.org.il →.
Pittsburgh doctor Allan Tissenbaum travels to Israel to help those in need. Watch story on wwtae.com →.
WE STAND WITH ISRAEL Yard Signs
Proudly display your support for Israel in your front yard.
Yard signs are available for pick up at the Federation building.
Contact Jenn White at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-992-5222 for arrangements.
Jewish Federations of North America, the parent organization of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, has launched the Blue Ribbons for Israel campaign in solidarity with hostages and their families.
Learn more and purchase blue ribbons at www.blueribbonsforisrael.org →
Call for the Release of the Hostages
Learn More at www.kidnappedfromisrael.com →
Join Your Community
Organized by the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and co-sponsored by dozens of local organizations, the event drew elected officials, faith leaders, and community members. Lt. Gov. Austin Davis spoke about the importance of communities coming together in times of pain. Other politicians in attendance included State Rep. Dan Frankel, Allegheny County District Attorney Steve Zappala, and Allegheny County Controller Corey O’Connor. Clergy members led prayers and liturgy, emphasizing moral clarity and Israel's right to exist.
Volunteers From Overseas
In an exceptional move reflecting the important role volunteers are playing in the current crisis, Israel’s
National Insurance Institute (the equivalent of America’s Social Security Administration) has announced that it
will provide insurance for Israeli expat volunteers who wish to volunteer.
At present, there are only very limited opportunities open to foreign volunteers. Jewish Federations’ Israel
office is currently working to identify potential placements and will update if there are meaningful ways to
contribute for those who wish to come help.
Messages to Israel