Your Israel Impact

Be the Support That Israel Needs

1,354 Pittsburghers have raised $7.45 million for Israel.

$556,000 is hard at work in our Partnership2Gether region supporting critical needs. In both Karmiel and Misgav, funds have been allocated for emergency readiness and bomb shelter repairs.

An additional $20,000 helped send eight Pittsburgh area doctors to volunteer in Israeli hospitals. Learn more about EVP on WTAE.com →

 

Collectively, Our Impact is Massive!

Thanks to the network of Jewish Federations throughout North America, funds raised in Pittsburgh have contributed to a collective $832,727,546 to support those in need. Collective allocations decisions are made by Jewish Federations’ Israel Emergency Campaign Allocations Committee, which meets regularly to discuss ongoing needs and review allocation proposals. Millions of emergency funds are hard at work in Israel, meeting the most urgent needs.

Total JFNA Funds Collected
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Total JFNA Dollars Allocated
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How Our Donations Help

Federation-Designated Allocations

Just like in Pittsburgh, many other Jewish Federations maintain time-honored partnerships with sister cities or regions in Israel, mostly through The Jewish Agency’s Partnership2Gether program. These partnerships encourage people-to-people connections and shared endeavors that have resulted in deep relationships. Those relationships have proven essential following October 7. Jewish Federations draw on the local expertise of Israel-based Federation representatives and Jewish Agency Partnership staff to address the most pressing needs of the residents in the affected regions through existing relationships with key NGO partners and local government decision-makers. Thirty-five Federations have made a total of $273,422,369 in direct allocations based on these relationships.

JFNA Collective Allocations

Thanks to the generous donors to the network of Jewish Federations across North America, an additional $159,746,489 has been allocated to areas of the greatest need in Israel. Collective allocations decisions are made by Jewish Federations’ Israel Emergency Campaign Allocations Committee, which meets regularly to discuss ongoing needs and review allocation proposals.

Lifeline Services Allocated

$71,652,694

In crisis, fundamental needs require immediate attention—giving people time to breathe and process the tragedy. We took swift action to address these pressing needs. These lifeline services included food, clothing, financial assistance, and medicines as well as spiritual care such as assistance with funerals and shiva, practical housing solutions, and educational support to evacuated children.

"Eilat has been hosting tens of thousands of refugees who were uprooted from their homes, and we are supplying basic needs equipment for the residents."

Iris Cohen
Eilat community center network manager

Iris Cohen

Iris Cohen in Eliat

Medical & Trauma Relief Allocated

$30,087,795

Addressing the physical, psychological, and emotional wellbeing of affected Israelis is crucial to their recovery. We have supplied hospitals with medical equipment and capacity. We also responded with a proactive approach to mental health and trauma relief including dedicated hotlines, training for caregivers and responders, and ongoing support to emergency teams. We ensured direct care to individuals in need, including first responders, lone soldiers, and families and caregivers coping with the loss, injury, or abduction of their relatives.

"All of the equipment that was donated by the Federations, means that all the paramedics across Israel are able to save more lives. It doesn't matter whether they are Jewish... Muslim... Christain... Drews... We reach every single person in the whole of the State of Israel."

Aryeh
Israeli Paramedic

Aryeh

Aryeh Israeli Paramedic

Economic Relief & Recovery Allocated

$39,615,000

When the attacks forced thousands from their homes, it prompted the closure of businesses nationwide. Families also grapple with income loss as reserve soldiers answer the call to duty. Many face an uncertain path to recovery. We are at the forefront of economic relief efforts, having invested in frontline communities and in a significant loan fund for small and medium-size businesses struggling to stay afloat. Our investments in economic relief are designed to create a resilient and flourishing Israeli economy.

"I am slowly returning to work and I am starting to take back control. The community is the power. I believe we will go back to bring life back into those areas...only because we have good communities."

Sefit Hashavia Tzuri
Deputy of Social & Community, Kibbutz Mefalsim

Sefit Hashavia Tzuri

Sefit Hashavia Tzuri

Community Resilience & Rebuilding Allocated

$18,291,000

In the months and years ahead, we will help enable people to return to their homes and rebuild their communities. We aim to bolster societal resilience, so that despite the events of October 7, we make possible the growth and potential of this generation of Israelis. Our giving will enable substantial investments towards rebuilding and strengthening Israeli society.

Other Funds Allocated

$100,000

Support for communities under fire and for new olim (immigrants) living in absorption centers through evacuations, temporary housing, children’s activities, and increased security.

"Kids went through quite a bit of trauma in the communities where they've come from. So, to be able to see the smiles on their faces and to see them so enthusiastic to come here and to connect with us, to give us lots of hugs. And to draw with us, to play games with us, to dance with us.

It's incredibly important for me to be here and I feel that very deeply."

Benji Sharp
Director of Evacuee Program, Rishon LeTzion Educators Community

Miriam Rose

Benji Sharp

JFNA Collective Allocations to Date by Needs

As of May 10, 2024

JFNA Allocations to Date 5-10-2024

 

Collective Allocations to Date by Organization

Abarbanel Mental Health Center: $100,000
Access Israel: $544,000
Achim L'Chaim - Brothers for Life: $500,000
Achim La'Oref: $500,000
Ad'ar: $25,105
ADI Negev Rehabilitation Hospital: $400,000
AJEEC-NISPED: $30,000
AKIM: $75,000
Akko: $100,000
Al-Baqour: $37,900
ALEH: $150,000
ALYN Pediatric Rehabilitation Center: $100,000
AMEN – The Land Where Women Heal: $90,000
Aminadav: $150,000
Amutat 51: $245,000
Appleseeds: $50,000
Arad: $100,000
Arim Roshi: $75,000
Ashdod: $162,500
Ashkelon: $325,000
ASSAF/Physicians for Human Rights Israel: $45,000
Association for Well-Being of Israeli Soldiers: $200,000
Association of Ethiopian Jews (AEJ): $50,000
Association of Rape Crisis Centers: $218,750
Assuta Hospital: $450,000
Atidim: $125,000
Ayalim: $60,000
Barzilai Medical Center: $750,000
Be-Atzmi: $150,000
Be'er Sheva: $200,000
Beer Sheva Mental Health Center: $100,000
Beit Issie Shapiro: $100,000
Birthright Israel: $200,000
Bnai Zion Hospital: $600,000
Bnei Akiva Israel: $100,000
Brothers and Sisters for Israel: $1,800,000
Bshvil Hamchar: $500,000
Center for International Migration and Integration (CIMI): $100,000
Center for Media and Democracy: $50,000
Chesed Chaim V'Emet: $200,000
Chimes Israel: $100,000
Closing Ranks: $82,000
Cochav HaTzafon: $10,000
Community Stress Prevention Centre (CSPC) – Mashabim: $800,000
Connections 20-80: $50,000
Counseling Center for Women: $18,000
Deborah Institute: $50,000
Dimona: $100,000
Dror Israel: $100,000
Early Starters International: $210,000
Economic Empowerment for Women (EEW): $30,000
Eden Association: $50,000
Edmond de Rothschild Foundation - Campus Resilience Initiative: $1,385,000
Eilat: $200,000
Elad Theater: $100,000
ELEM/Youth in Distress in Israel: $420,000
Emek Medical Center Afula: $300,000
Emergency Volunteer Program: $250,000
ERAN - Emotional First Aid by Telephone and Internet: $53,000
Eshel Chabad: $916,250
Eshkol: $425,000
Etgarim: $150,000
Ethiopian National Project: $150,000
Ezer Mizion: $300,000
FemForward: $140,000
Foundation for the Welfare of Holocaust Survivors: $150,000
Galilee Medical Center: $450,000
Garin Tzabar: $100,000
Geha Mental Health Center: $100,000
Givat Haviva – The Center for a Shared Society: $100,000
Golan: $200,000
Gumat Chen Boarding School: $50,000
Hadassah Medical Organization: $800,000
HaGal Sheli: $200,000
Haifa: $190,655
HaOgen: $330,000
HaReshet – The Net: $200,000
Hartman Institute: $57,200
HaShomer Hachadash: $300,000
Hashomer Hatzair and Tzedek Centers: $230,000
Hatzor HaGililit: $125,000
Hebrew Scouts Movement in Israel (Tzofim): $150,000
Hebrew University: $500,000
HeHalutz: $135,000
Helem.Club: $100,000
Herzog Center for Jewish Identity: $19,500
Herzog Hospital: $150,000
Hevel Eilot: $200,000
HIAS: $150,000
Hillel Israel: $160,000
Hillel Yaffe Medical Center: $150,000
Hof Ashkelon: $375,000
Hostages and Missing Families Forum: $750,000
Hotam: $250,000
Ichilov Hospital Sourasky Medical Center: $600,000
IDF Widows and Orphans Organization and Israel Midwives Association: $170,000
IGY (Israel Gay Youth): $57,800
IsraAID: The Israel Forum for International Humanitarian Aid: $250,000
Israel Antiquities Authority: $136,500
Israel Association for Child Protection (ELI): $220,000
Israel Association for Community Centers: $3,207,400
Israel Center on Addiction & Mental Health: $150,000
Israel Elwyn: $75,000
Israel Medical Association: $60,000
Israel Trauma Coalition (ITC): $3,150,000
Israel Women's Network: $88,000
Israeli Alzheimer’s Medical Center: $135,000
Israeli National Council for the Child: $200,000
Israeli Volunteering Council: $340,000
Italian Hospital Haifa: $100,000
J.B.H Jewish Brain in HighTech (R.A.): $250,000
Jaffa Institute: $61,500
JDC: $9,753,000
Jerusalem: $188,750
Jerusalem College of Technology: $100,000
Jerusalem Hills Therapeutic Center: $150,000
Jerusalem Open House – National LGBTQ+ Emergency Response: $200,000
Jewish Agency for Israel: $39,610,000
Jewish Federations' Israel Emergency Loan Fund: $25,000,000
Jewish Funders Network / Forum of Foundations: $50,000
Jezreel Valley: $200,000
Joint Council of Pre-Military Academies in Israel: $375,000
Jordan River Village: $151,000
Jordan Valley: $68,750
Kaplan Hospital Rehovot: $250,000
Karmiel & Misgav: $345,000
Kfar Izun: $350,000
Kiryat Gat - Lachish-Shafir: $292,250
Kiryat Malachi: $75,000
Kiryat Shmona: $470,400
Kivunim: $100,000
Koby Mandel Foundation: $200,000
Krembo Wings: $200,000
Laniado Hospital: $100,000
LATET: $630,000
Latet Pe: $200,000
Leket Israel: $1,150,000
Lev Hasharon Mental Health Center: $100,000
Lo Omdot Me'Neged: $50,000
Loewenstein Rehabilitation Hospital: $150,000
Lower Galilee: $50,000
Ma'ale Yosef: $150,000
Ma'ase Center: $25,000
Ma’avarim: $20,000
Maale Carmel Mental Health Center: $100,000
Maccabi World Union: $200,000
Machon Shitim: $20,000
Magen David Adom: $300,000
Masa Israeli: $100,000
Matte Asher: $175,000
Mazor Mental Health Center: $100,000
Meir Medical Center: $200,000
Melabev: $72,200
Mental Health in the Community: $3,450,000
Merchavim: $125,000
Merchavim Mental Health Center: $100,000
Merom HaGalil: $86,000
Metula: $75,000
Mevo'ot HaHermon: $75,000
Migdal: $100,000
Mitchashvim/2B.Friendly: $200,000
MOSHE: $150,000
Nahariya: $291,500
NATAL: $250,000
Natan: $30,000
Navah: $65,000
Nazareth Hospital: $100,000
Nefesh B'Nefesh: $1,080,000
Netivot: $311,000
Neve Eshkol: $200,000
New York State Bar Association (with the Israel Bar Association): $40,000
Nirim: $262,500
Nof HaGalil: $74,000
Ofakim: $225,000
Ohr Torah Stone: $50,000
Olei – The Union of Olim from Latin America, Spain, and Portugal: $50,000
Olim Beyahad: $121,250
Organization for Israel's Terror Victims: $600,000
Orr Shalom: $115,000
Osim Shechuna: $500,000
OTI – The Israeli Autism Association: $62,145
Otot: $50,039
OU Israel: $98,000
Our Brothers: $92,000
Paamonim: $250,000
Pitchon-Lev: $200,000
Place-IL: $150,000
Poriya Tzafon Medical Center: $900,000
Project Kesher Israel (PKI): $100,000
Rabin Medical Center: $250,000
Ramat HaNegev: $180,750
Rambam Health Care Campus: $750,000
Rashi Foundation for Kiryat Shmona: $134,000
Regional Council for Unrecognized Arab Villages: $150,000
ReGrow: $9,950,000
Reuth Rehabilitation Hospital: $150,000
Rosh Pina: $50,000
Safe Place: $75,000
SafeHeart: $250,000
SAHI-Special Hesed Unit: $333,500
Sapir College: $1,039,425
Schechter Institute: $43,110
Schneider Children's Medical Center: $100,000
Sderot: $225,000
Sdot Negev: $375,000
Selah: $125,000
Sha'ar HaNegev: $275,000
Shaar Menashe Health Center: $100,000
Shaare Zedek Medical Center: $200,000
Shahaf Foundation: $860,000
Shalva: $100,000
Shalvata Mental Health Center: $100,000
Shamir Medical Center (Asaf Harofeh): $600,000
Sheatufim/Zionism 2000: $1,249,000
Sheba Medical Center Tel Hashomer: $600,000
SheRises South: $200,000
Shishi Shabbat Yisraeli: $50,000
Shlomi: $75,000
Shoresh Fund: $75,000
Shuvu Achim: $50,000
Simcha LaYeled: $150,000
Social Delivery: $450,000
Soroka Medical Center: $750,000
St. Vincent's Hospital: $100,000
Summer Camps Israel: $150,000
Sunflowers: $100,000
Survivors of the Holocaust Emergency Fund (SHEF-IL): $200,000
Tamar: $86,740
Tel Aviv Sexual Assault Crisis Center: $130,000
Tel Hai College: $495,000
Tene Briut: $25,000
Thank Israeli Soldiers: $500,000
The Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yafo: $100,000
The Haifa Association for Immigrants Absorption: $60,000
The Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ): $537,500
The Jerusalem Center for Mental Health: $100,000
The Jerusalem Civilian Command Center: $200,000
The Lone Soldier Center in Memory of Michael Levin: $171,720
The Masorti Movement: $213,900
The National Israeli Society for Children and Adults with Autism (ALUT): $100,000
The Non Profit Organization for the Emotional Support of Girlfriends: $150,000
The Public Forum: $100,000
Tiberius: $200,000
Tikkun (HaMachanot HaOlim): $40,000
Tnufa Bakehila: $40,000
TOM - Tikkun Olam Makers: $200,000
Tzfat: $100,000
Tzohar Rabbinical Organization: $10,000
United Hatzalah: $300,000
University of Haifa: $50,000
Upper Galilee: $150,000
Upper Galilee Leadership Academy: $175,000
Wolfson Medical Center: $200,000
World ORT: $320,000
Yad Sarah: $1,000,000
Yanabia: $400,000
Yerucham: $50,000
Yoseftal Hospital: $300,000
Yozmot Atid: $650,000
Zaka: $800,000
Ziv Medical Center: $550,000

Access Israel

Access Israel is a well-respected Israeli NGO dedicated to promoting accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities and the elderly in Israel and around the world. It facilitated the evacuation of 3,000 people with severe disabilities from Ukraine to Poland at the start of the war there. Access Israel is now evacuating and providing care and accommodation for hundreds of Israelis with severe disabilities who live under fire and are unable to access a shelter.

Unity in Action (Achim L’Oref)

Unity in Action is an initiative that was created after October 7 to leverage the network and expertise within Israel’s Haredi community to address urgent needs including socio-economic and security solutions not currently addressed. By harnessing volunteers and infrastructure, Unity in Action creates new channels and resources helping to bridge the gap between different sectors of Israeli society.

Adi Negev Rehabilitation Center

Adi Negev is a rehabilitation village for special needs children and adults near Ofakim. The village hosts The Harvey and Gloria Kaylie Rehabilitation Medical Center, opened in 2022, which is implementing innovative techniques and advanced services to help patients successfully reintegrate into their communities. Jewish Federations support will help ADI Negev complete its third inpatient ward through the purchase of essential rehabilitation equipment.

Ad'ar - The Professional Forum to Fight the Murder of Women

Ad'ar's mission is to contribute to the elimination of femicide within Arab society in Israel. It works with the victims of gender-based violence and relevant professionals to develop effective

risk-assessment tools to prevent femicides in their communities. During the war, Ad'ar has activated a phone hotline, facilitated groups of social workers in the Negev, Galilee, and Haifa, and is producing and distributing a booklet in Arabic and Hebrew for therapists to use during wartime with a focus on gender-based violence prevention.

AJEEC-NISPED

AJEEC-NISPED is an Arab/Jewish NGO dedicated to social change in the Negev. The organization consists of a team of Arabs and Jews working together to create a shared society. Jewish Federations will support the activities of the organization's emergency situation rooms and its emergency program to prevent the spread of fake news within the Bedouin community. AJEEC-NISPED will also be cooperating with the Regional Council for Unrecognized Arab Villages in the Negev to provide food assistance and emergency social work care.

Additionally, a collaboration of the Shabbat AJEEC and Israeli Scouts youth movements to nurture connections between Jewish and Arab Israeli youth, strengthen Arab youth connection to Israeli society, and develop leadership skills as a way to decrease tensions in shared Jewish-Arab spaces.

AKIM Israel

AKIM Israel acts to realize the rights, promote a better quality of life, and improve the welfare of around 35,000 people with intellectual disabilities and approximately 140,000 family members and legal guardians. The organization operates nationwide and is managed by parents and volunteers in the Jewish and Arab sectors. Since October 7, the organization has been working to assist residents of protected housing who require help with evacuation from Ashkelon, Netivot, and Sderot. It has provided essential equipment to families with special needs, established a digital training program, supported individuals with special needs to preserve their employment routine, and provided enrichment and therapy programs.

AI-Baqour - Association for Early Childhood Development in the Arab Society of the Negev

AI-Baqour was founded by experts in the early childhood field from the Arab and Jewish society in the Negev to promote action and public discourse on the importance of early childhood intervention. Negev Bedouin were significantly affected by the heavy rocket fire and suffered casualties in the October 7th attack. AI-Baqour is training mothers using Zoom on how to deal with an emergency, how to talk to the children about the situation around them, and how to run educational activities for children who cannot attend their normal school frameworks. It is also running Zoom activities as well as special online activities for children on the autism spectrum, among other activities.

ALEH

ALEH strives to empower individuals with disabilities to overcome barriers and achieve success by providing them with the tools and professional support they need to thrive. ALEH is equipping protected spaces with essential life-supporting equipment so that the children can continue to receive rehabilitative care and life-saving treatments during the war. This includes resources such as nutritional supplies, oxygen generators, etc.

ALYN Pediatric and Adolescent Rehabilitation Center

ALYN Pediatric and Adolescent Rehabilitation Center provides treatment for children facing physical challenges, both congenital and acquired, enabling them to function to the best of their ability and integrate into their family life within the framework of a supportive community. Jewish Federations will help ALYN to relocate their day program for severely disabled children to a protected space, to expand their remote therapy options, and to provide the facility with emergency equipment.

Aminadav

Aminadav has been active for over 30 years, and it operates alternate volunteering frameworks for young men and women who are exempt from military service in the Israel Defense Forces. Since the second day of the war Aminadav assigned its volunteers to 28 hotels to provide immediate assistance to children evacuees, providing educational services on an individual and group basis during school hours, and social and recreational activities in the afternoons. With the help of Jewish Federations, they will continue their volunteer work with evacuees and others affected by the war.

AMEN -The Land Where Women Heal

AMEN, which stands for Admat Marpeh Nashit "feminine healing ground," is a center for healing, celebration, and leadership and part of the Ohela Association. Early after the events of October 7, AMEN set up women's clinics in the Dead Sea and Eilat evacuation areas and have been treating 60 patients on average per day in each space. The holistic approach of AMEN complements the conventional approaches provided by government agencies. Jewish Federations funding will help AMEN continue to operate their treatment centers for evacuees for an additional month.

Amutat 51

Amutat51 was established nearly a decade ago with the aim of creating quality employment opportunities for women in Israel’s social and geographic periphery, strengthening their economic security and that of their families.  For the past four years, the organization has worked primarily in Ofakim and Sderot – training and placing over 100 women and men from the Gaza Envelope in both Israeli and international companies.  In total, over 400 people from the periphery have been successfully helped into quality positions.  The organization was approached by Kibbutz Sa’ad and the Eshkol Regional to collaborate on a new initiative that aims to help 710 residents of the Western Negev return to the workforce.

Appleseeds

Appleseeds was established to meet the challenge of digital gaps in Israeli society and make technology a catalyst for social change, improved employment, and integration between Jews and Arabs, peripheral and central areas, and other divisions. In response to the emergency, Appleseeds is utilizing their established approach to provide digital services for victims of terrorism, programming for their youth movement Net@, and for people throughout Israel who struggle with a low level of digital literacy.

Arad Community Centers

Arad is a town of 25,000 located in the Eastern Negev and is now hosting over 2,000 evacuees and self-evacuees, primarily from Sderot. It was not included in the original local authorities block grant allocations. The municipality, through its community centers will run art therapy and animal therapy programs for the evacuees and local children affected by the conflict.

Arim Roshi

Arim Roshi‘s mission is to provide support to women who suffer from PTSD as a result of their military service. As female soldiers increasingly fill combat and combat-support roles, there has been an increase in the number of female soldiers struggling with traumatic events. To date, the Ministry of Defense has recognized 560 women with combat PTSD. It is assumed that there are many more who have not yet sought recognition for multiple reasons. Arim Roshi is the only nonprofit in Israel dedicated to treating women with combat PTSD and addressing their unique needs.

Association for Ethiopian Jews {AEJ)

AEJ, established in 7993, is a veteran Ethiopian Israeli-led organization, advocating on social and policy issues, racial equality, civil and human rights, improved perceptions, and better policies to ensure optimal inclusion and quality of life for Ethiopian Israelis. AEJ is a watchdog NGO that collaborates with diverse stakeholders to keep the government accountable and promote policies that result in advancement and inclusion of Ethiopian Israelis. With the support of Federations, AEJ will be expanding their role as a coordinating NGO in the field, ensuring that needs are being met and that affected Ethiopian Israelis are able to access their full government-granted rights.

Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel

The Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel (ARCCI) is an umbrella organization for nine regional Rape Crisis Centers (RCCs) whose main aim is to combat sexual violence. The RCCs work at the individual and regional levels providing services and support for individual victims of sexual violence and working to raise awareness in their local communities. ARCCI will train professionals with war-trauma-informed therapy and tools, provide direct assistance to survivors, support groups for survivors and witnesses, and ensure evacuee hotels are as safe as possible.

Association for the Wellbeing of Israeli Soldiers

The Association for the Wellbeing of Israel's Soldiers is a leading organization conducting activities for soldiers. The Association's Emergency Relief Fund will support IDF soldiers in the hours, days, and weeks ahead. This fund enables the purchase of essentials for front-line soldiers, including vital personal gear and clothing (non-tactical) and basic physical hygiene supplies.

ATIDIM

ATIDIM, which means Futures, is a national program developing human resources and closing the socioeconomic gaps crippling Israel's periphery, by creating equal educational opportunities. It is a comprehensive, compelling program that identifies talented young people from Israel's underprivileged areas and gives them the chance to get on track to higher education. ATIDIM's Educational Resilience Program for Traumatized Teens will be a one-stop-shop for preparation for the future, comprising both digital and physical programs to provide informal education, enrichment, and wellbeing activities. The pilot will begin with 500 teens evacuated from northern communities living in hotels in Tiberias.

Aviv for Holocaust Survivors

Aviv for Holocaust Survivors is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free, professional assistance to Holocaust survivors and elderly in need in Israel, enabling them to live their remaining years with dignity and well-being. Aviv will deploy a specialized team to provide on-the-ground support in northern Israel to support those 65+ access their benefits and right, including with rights procurement, case management, and coordination with social organizations to meet immediate bureaucracy needs.

Ayalim

Ayalim is a Zionist movement, founded in 2002 in light of David Ben-Gurion's vision, wishing to change the balance between the country's center and its periphery. Since the start of the war, and with the support of the Jewish Federations, the student villages in Ashalim, Dimona, and Yerucham have opened their homes and their hearts to the residents of the Gaza envelope. The students' volunteers are hosting them in the village's apartments, as well as ta kin care of their every need, including purchasing equipment, clothing, food, etc.

Be-Atzmi

Be-Atzmi is a veteran Israeli NGO, working for over 28 years to narrow social gaps in Israel through employment advancement of underprivileged populations with limited employment opportunities. The Employment Shield program is to help evacuees based in Haifa to build and increase employment resilience and maintain employment continuity, while also improving their immediate financial situation and reclaiming a sense of control over their lives.

Beit Issie Shapiro

Beit Issie Shapiro is a pioneering Israeli leader and innovator in the field of disabilities, developing and providing life-changing services, and exporting best practices for a more inclusive society around the globe. Beit Issie Shapiro is providing therapy, respite, emotional support, and coping tools to people with disabilities in their facilities and across Israel.

Birthright Israel

Birthright Israel's mission is to provide all young Jewish adults with opportunities for transformative and immersive shared experiences in Israel and a foundation for ongoing Jewish connection. Birthright Israel is using its extensive logistical infrastructure and contracts with hotels to host evacuees from the conflict zones.

Bizi

Bizi https://www.bizi.co.il/ is an approximately two-year-old entity in Israel, but it is affiliated with the longer-standing BlueVine lending platform in the United States https://www.bluevine.com/. Bizi is also backed by Phoenix, one of the largest insurance companies in Israel. Bizi has quickly established a highly automated and efficient credit provision company serving small and medium sized businesses throughout Israel. In the face of the current situation, Bizi is committing to a non-profit line of lending to smaller businesses impacted by the attack and war, and they will utilize their commercial technology to quickly process and scale such loans.

Bnai Zion Medical Center

Bnai Zion Medical Center in Haifa is a 450-bed municipal public general hospital which hosts a physical rehabilitation department serving the Haifa and northern regions of Israel. Jewish Federations support will help Bnai Zion purchase essential rehabilitation equipment to meet the heightened demand for rehabilitation services from wounded soldiers and civilians.

Bnei Akiva Yeshivot and Ulpanot Center

The Bnei Akiva Yeshivot and Ulpanot Center is a religious Zionist educational organization that has been operating in Israel since 7954 and includes more than 60 institutions throughout the country with around 20,000 students. The organization has been hosting evacuees in their facilities and providing their basic needs. Jewish Federations support will contribute to the cost of hosting self-evacuees from locations that have not received government support.

Brothers for Life

Brothers for Life (BFL) is a non profit organization created and run by injured Israeli veterans to give critical and immediate help, as well as mentorship and long-term support, to newly injured soldiers. With over 250 Brothers for Life members and their families living in the South of Israel, the NGO is planning to open a Southern BFL campus to service their needs. This campus will provide injured veterans with medical treatments and rehabilitation services, PSTD counseling and workshops, education and vocational training, and soldier-to-soldier mentoring programs to support local community residents overcoming the injury and trauma of October 7.

Brothers and Sisters for Israel

Brothers and Sisters of Israel is the largest civilian aid organization operating in Israel, entirely powered by volunteers who are former IDF soldiers, ensuring that 700% of funds go directly toward acquiring essential resources and supplies. Their leading efforts include combat gear for soldiers, humanitarian support, meals, clothing, and evacuation for those in war zones, accommodation for the displaced, and nationwide logistics centers.

Bshvil HaMachar

For the past 15 years, Bishvil Hamachar has been helping released soldiers to overcome combat-related trauma. The program includes guided experiences in nature, support-group activities, and ongoing personal support, as needed. Jewish Federations support will allow the organization to provide these important experiences to their waiting list of men and women who were involved in combat environments during the war and mitigate future cases of PTSD.

Campus Resilience Initiative

Edmond de Rothschild Foundation (IL), together with the National Student Union, is leading a process of establishing resilience centers in several academic institutions, while adapting and integrating the “resilience center” model to the academic space. The goal is to assist the institutions to build their resilience and provide a solution to both immediate wartime challenges and to future challenges, while integrating all available institutional resources and responses, and creating a structured work plan for operating in emergency and during the return to normalcy.

Center for International Migration and Integration (CIMI)

The Center for International Migration and Integration (CIMI) was established in 1998 by JDC Israel. CIMI strives to apply international standards in addressing a wide range of areas of migration relevant to the Israeli state and society. CIMI is engaged in the development of systemic and individual responses while protecting the rights of immigrants and asylum seekers and maintaining international obligations. CIMI is providing emergency aid and resilience-building activities for migrant workers and asylum seekers from African and Ukrainian origins.

Center for Media and Democracy

The Center for Media and Democracy in Israel is an independent, nonprofit news organization established to strengthen Israeli democracy through investigative journalism. The Center has established an Emergency Resilience Fund to cover trauma treatments for journalists who covered the horrific October 7th events (and whose care is not covered by their employer).

Chesed Chaim V'Emet

Chesed Chaim V'Emet helps bereaved families cope with loss and bereavement. It was established by an IDF officer who decided to copy the IDF's program of assistance for bereaved families to the civilian sector. Since the start of the war, the organization has accompanied over 650 families by conducting home visits, providing equipment for holding the "shiva" mourning period and providing counseling.

Chimes Israel

Chimes Israel's missions is to do the maximum to improve the quality of life of people with special needs from every community, through providing cutting edge professional services delivered by a well-trained and supervised, caring staff. With Federations' support Chimes Israel will conduct home visits by professionals to provide for material, emotional, therapeutic, and developmental support to people with special needs, primarily in southern Israel.

Closing Ranks

Closing ranks focuses on providing personal mentoring and guidance to young adults aged 20
30 from the social, economic, and geographical periphery, who lack any family support. This enables them to transition to independent adult life after completing their military service. Their personal mentoring process aims to create social mobility for young adults within a meaningful relationship of trust with an attentive and enabling mentor. The program will support a pilot project for expansion of their model to help young adults from the south impacted by the war for a period of one year.

Cochav HaTzafon

The Cochav Hatzafon Association develops and operates a continuum of comprehensive quality services (treatment and rehabilitation, housing, employment, social and leisure) for around 1,000 disabled people of all ages and backgrounds who live in the northern periphery of Israel – everywhere from Akko to the northern Golan Heights. The organization is facing an acute lack of staffing due to the war since many of their professionals were evacuated from the region. They are filling the service gaps with freelancers and supplementing programming to address the tension and fears created by the war in northern Israel and are preparing to operate in this format for at least three more months. This request will impact around 200 beneficiaries.

Community Stress Prevention Centre (CSPC) - Mashabim

The Community Stress Prevention Centre (CSPC) - Mashabim deals with the treatment and prevention of psycho-trauma. It promotes stress and crisis management and provides both multidisciplinary treatment and support to victims of psycho-trauma due to terror and war, primarily in northern Israel. CSPC is providing emergency support to those who have remained in their homes and within evacuee centers.

Connections 20-80

‘Hiburim 20-80’ focuses on combating loneliness among older adults and Holocaust survivors. The organization has successfully established an intergenerational community, connecting seniors with empathetic young volunteers through a designated call center and a unique digital application. 20-80 is using its 300 volunteers and call-center to support elderly residents of southern Israel, including those who did not evacuate and those who have returned to their homes.

Counseling Center for Women

The Counseling Center for Women is dedicated to promoting individual, social, and economic gender equality through its psychotherapy center providing more than 10,000 therapy hours for women each year, especially women-at-risk, survivors of abuse and violence, and those struggling with depression, anxiety, or other illnesses. The Center is providing private and group psychotherapy from a gender-sensitive perspective for women suffering from trauma and post-trauma because of the war.

Clore Center for Performing Arts

Program for residents residing in the Upper Galilee Regional Council who have not been evacuated but where regular social and educational services have been severely disrupted. Programs to include informal education and programming for senior citizens (Note: the community center in the regional council is not part of IACC, so they were not part of the grant given to IACC for this purpose.)

Daroma Tzafona

The DaromaTzafona Fund https://www.daroma-tzafona.org.il/homepage-en/, leveraging its long history of lending to small manufacturing businesses in Israel, is standing up a broader loan fund for small businesses, initially concentrated near the
affected areas in the South and North. Daroma Tzafona has been in existence for 16 years and has a pre-existing relationship with Mizrahi Tefahot bank.

Deborah Institute: Civil Commission on October 7th Crimes by Hamas against Women and Children

Planning grant for the development of an NGO dedicated to the creation of an independent, unaffiliated, non-governmental Commission aims to gather and disseminate authentic information, advocate, provide expert advice, and initiate actions related to the collection of evidence and testimonies on sexual and other war crimes committed by Hamas.

Dror Israel

Dror Israel is an organization of graduates of the youth movements Hanoar Haoved Vehalomed in Israel and Habonim Dror around the world. Dror Israel is made up of 1,300 trained educators who live together in 15 intentional communities across Israel's social and economic periphery. They are dedicated to educating for a just and equal society by working with youth-at-risk, Jewish-Arab programs, national social justice initiatives, and their connected youth movements. In response to the war, Dror Israel educators and volunteers are supporting evacuees and providing day care educational activities for youth across Israel.

Early Starters International

Early Starters International is an educational humanitarian organization that provides a healthy childhood to young children in emergency situations and vulnerable communities worldwide. In coordination with the Ministry of Education, they have established ten spaces for children, from birth to age 7, and their parents whose families have fled the kibbutzim and villages on the Gaza border. With Jewish Federations support, they will expand the number of spaces that offer workshops for parents and social-emotional support for children.

Economic Empowerment for Women (EEW)

Economic Empowerment for Women (EEW) works to promote the economic and social possibilities of women in Israel, with an emphasis on those of a low socioeconomic status, through the development of business entrepreneurship. This assistance to women equips and motivates them to open their own small businesses based on their skills and abilities. EEW will be providing business consulting to women with small businesses who have been evacuated from their homes and EEW graduates from across the country whose businesses have been affected.

Eden Association

Eden Association is based in Kibbutz Karmia (three kilometers from Gaza) and in Kibbutz Dorot, near Sderot. Eden specializes in the field of trauma therapy and complex post-traumatic therapy and in creating trauma-focused frameworks, as well as guiding girls and women in personal empowerment and transformation processes according to a unique model. Jewish Federations will support additional therapies and treatments for the beneficiaries whose trauma has increased because of their proximity to the October 7 events and subsequent evacuation from their facility.

Eilat Foundation

Eilat Foundation was allocated funds to support evacuees hosted in the city. Since the evacuees have mostly returned home, part of those funds (approximately $60,000) was not utilized. The municipality has requested to reallocate those funds to a program for reservist families in the city, especially those with small children. The city will create a meal card program with delivery options via local restaurants and caterers. This will support the reservists' families while also strengthening small businesses in the restaurant/catering industry. The city will match the funds they currently hold from Jewish Federations in order to provide around $200 total value to each of 500 reservist families in the city.

Elad Theater

The Elad Theater of Eilat and the Arava was founded in 2014 by a group of artists from the Habima and Cameri Theaters in Tel Aviv who moved from central Israel to Eilat and the Arava. Since October 7, the Theatre has turned all its activities into emergency projects to serve the tens of thousands of evacuees in the southern Negev. The Theater is forming community theater groups among evacuees to prepare a festival for the evacuee population and has been holding performances for children in the evacuee hotels.

ELEM - Youth in Distress in Israel

ELEM - Youth in Distress in Israel is a leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to treating and transforming the lives of troubled youth. ELEM locates these teens and young adults and reintegrates them into normative society. With Jewish Federations' support, ELEM will open a pop-up "Breathing Space" at the Dead Sea hotels for evacuee teens. In addition, a second ELEM team will conduct street outreach, will seek out and identify teens who are not yet ready to frequent the popup site and build trust with them. ELEM is also working at four other evacuee sites.

Emergency Volunteer Project (EVP)

The Emergency Volunteer Project (EVP) recruits and trains American firefighters, medical professionals, and other personnel to be deployed in Israel during emergencies. Jewish Federations' support is enabling EVP to answer the call of the Israel Fire and Rescue Service to deploy 140 firefighters who will work in a volunteer capacity to supplement the Israeli capabilities, as EVP has done in the past.

Engineers Without Borders

A project that sets out to ease the difficult process of transitioning from in-patient to out-patient treatment by rapidly providing personalized home accessibility solutions for injured soldiers and civilians. This can include grips, ramps and other enhancements installed by a team of professionals and volunteers. Aim to reach a total of 300 wounded individuals.

Enosh

Program for residents residing in the Upper Galilee Regional Council who have not been evacuated but where regular social and educational services have been severely disrupted. Programs to include informal education and programming for senior citizens (Note: the community center in the regional council is not part of IACC, so they were not part of the grant given to IACC for this purpose.)

ERAN

ERAN, a member of the Israel Trauma Coalition, provides Lifesaving Emotional First Aid Services, offering initial response and emotional support on the phone and online. The emergency hotlines provided be Eran (and Natal) are the primary initial source of support for Israelis in emotional need across the country. In the first ten weeks, Eran’s 1,750 volunteers and professional staff received over 65,000 distress calls. Eran requires support to train additional language speakers to be able to man its hotlines support the needs of the large number of olim (new immigrants) in distress.

Eshel Chabad

Eshel Chabad is a large Israeli food security and humanitarian assistance NGO that works in partnership with the Ministry of Welfare, providing monthly packages to tens of thousands of Israelis. Eshel Chabad will be providing cash cards to evacuees to provide for their immediate needs and meals for elderly living under fire. Jewish Federations' contribution is being matched by Israeli donors and the Ministry of Welfare.

Etgarim

Etgarim was founded by disabled IDF veterans and rehabilitation professionals with the mission to empower and socially integrate people with disabilities through outdoor challenge sports. Etgarim is supporting evacuated children both with/without disabilities and their families through guided outdoor sport activities. The goal is to help individuals and groups better cope with reality through experiential learning, cooperation, processing, and integration.

Ethiopian National Project

The Ethiopian National Project (ENP) was established to ensure the full and successful integration of the Ethiopian Jewish community into Israeli society. During times of emergency, ENP has a proven record of being the most effective provider of services to the Ethiopian-Israeli community. With the support of Jewish Federations, ENP will deploy Amharic-speaking professionals to coordinate and offer services to families in their network in three southern cities: Ashdod, Ashkelon, and Beer Sheva.

Ezer Mizion

Ezer Mizion provides vitally needed assistance to individuals and their families facing health challenges such as cancer and to the elderly, handicapped and children with special needs to empower and assist such individuals in maintaining independence, restoring function, preserving dignity, and improving quality of life. Ezer Mizion is hosting evacuee families with cancer, running a trauma support hotline and services, evacuating elderly and wheelchair bound residents to safe ground and providing medical equipment for loan, and delivery of medicines, food, and supplies.

FemFoward

FemForward gives women working in junior positions in tech the tools, network, and individual mentorship to progress into management – fixing the “broken rung” on the career ladder. The organization has successfully completed four cohorts with 50% of graduates receiving promotions and/or salary increases within three months of completing training and many women advancing into management positions. Supported by the US Embassy in its original format, the program ran with groups from Israel and Morocco and included both Arab and Jewish participants in Jerusalem. This emergency effort will help strengthen the employment potential for women from both Northern and Southern Israel and create a sense of hope through the voice of shared society. 

Garin Tzabar

Garin Tzabar is a program of the Tzofim, Israel Scouts, which provides comprehensive services to young Jews who make Aliyah to serve in the Israel Defense Forces as lone soldiers. Upon their arrival in Israel, Garin Tzabar participants are adopted by an Israeli kibbutz that becomes their home-away-from-home before and throughout their military service. Four Garin Tzabar groups were evacuated from their kibbutzim because of the war and have been temporarily housed in the JAFI absorption center in Raanana and Beit Brodetsky facility in Tel Aviv. Garin Tzabar must pay rent to the kibbutzim they have evacuated and pay for rent and furnishings at the new accommodations. They are also supporting their 1,000 active-duty lone soldiers nationally at war by expanding their emotional support systems, including for parents abroad.

Givat Haviva - The Center for a Shared Society

Givat Haviva is a civil society organization for social change, striving to create a model society in Israel anchored in principles of mutual respect, trust, pluralism, and intrinsic equality between citizens. Givat Haviva is located on a 40-acre educational campus with guest rooms, classrooms, an auditorium, and dining room. The campus is now home to 260 evacuees from the conflict zones in Israel. Givat Haviva is providing these families with accommodations, three meals a day, mental health support, and a variety of healing activities.

Gumat Chen Boarding School

Gumat Chen Boarding School, based in Kibbutz Sa'ad (three kilometers from Gaza) serves as a safe haven for girls from religious families who have experienced severe trauma. Jewish Federations will support ongoing therapy for the beneficiaries whose trauma has increased because of their proximity to the October 7 events and subsequent evacuation from their facility.

HaGal Sheli

HaGal Sheli utilizes surfing as an empowering educational tool to teach at-risk youth how to overcome life's challenges through determination and persistence. HaGal Sheli's programs are helping youth and young adults dealing with complex war-related trauma through water activity (surfing). The Hagal Sheli program includes sessions led by educators, professional psychologists, and social workers.

Hadassah Hospital Mount Scopus

Hadassah Hospital Mount Scopus is a 350-bed community hospital, primarily serving the Jerusalem area. After October 7, Hadassah urgently opened the new Gandel Rehabilitation Center, which now cares for a few dozen patients, while five additional floors of the building are still under construction. The completed center will host 132 inpatient beds and extensive outpatient services. Jewish Federations support will allow the Hadassah to purchase specialized rehabilitation equipment to increase the quality of care in the new Center.

HaOgen - An Anchor for Families of Reserve Soldiers

HaOgen, founded by three leading female social activists, has established a comprehensive volunteer-based support system for families of reserve soldiers. With more than 300,000 reserve troops currently deployed, there are many families relying on a single caregiver, usually a mother. HaOgen is operating with thousands of women volunteers, including national, regional, and local coordinators, and have already helped nearly 15,000 family members of reserve soldiers in 240 localities. Jewish Federations support will expand their reach to many more families.

HaReshet - The Net

HaReshet - The Net is an umbrella organization of civil society organizations and academic legal clinics that have come together to address inquiries those affected by the war on social and economic issues and to provide individual support, from providing information to bureaucratic assistance for families who experience difficulties exercising their rights. The Net will manage information flow on a digital platform to coordinate needs as they arise and enable collaboration as a force multiplier.

HaShomer HaChadash

HaShomer HaHadash is a Zionist social-educational organization established with the goal of assisting farmers and ranchers as well as strengthening the Jewish people's connections to the Land of Israel, Jewish values, and Zionist identity. It implements a wide variety of volunteer and educational activities in Israel's agricultural and open spaces, serving the diversity of Israeli society. In response to the agricultural crisis currently unfolding because of the war, HaShomer HaChadash is recruiting and deploying thousands of volunteers to assist hundreds of farmers in saving their crops and getting the produce into the market.

Hashomer Hatzair and Tzedek Centers

Hashomer Hatzair is a Labor Zionist, secular Jewish youth movement and educational organization that has worked for many years in kibbutzim of the Eshkol and Hof Ashkelon regional councils as well as in neighborhoods in Ashkelon. Hashomer Hatzair has built an informal educational system for evacuee children and youth that complements the formal one run by the local authorities and the Ministry of Education. Their system is working together with the community, harnessing internal resources to rehabilitate personal and communal resilience in the intermediary period between displacement and renewed placement.

Also, the Hashomer Hatzair movement and the Tzedek Centers, a national grassroots movement that promotes democracy, equality, and justice in a shared Israeli society are responding together to the emergency. They are providing educational aid and family-hosting opportunities for evacuees.

Hebrew University Center for Trauma Recovery

The mission of The Hebrew University Center for Trauma Recovery is to empower therapists and trauma survivors with evidence-based practices (EBPs) and technologies that enhance healing and recovery accessible via the public health system. The Center for Trauma Recovery will serve as a central hub for education, dissemination, and training in internationally recognized standard-of-care treatments for trauma-related disorders, with a focus on the public sector with the Ministry of Health, HMOs and other relevant entities. The Center will provide formal oversight and monitoring of workshops and supervisions, while engaging with managers, supervisors, and clinicians to ensure high-quality training and dissemination. In parallel, the Center will launch a comprehensive public awareness campaign through various mediums, including testimonials, videos, podcasts, printed materials, and workshops. This initiative aims to educate therapists and patients about trauma's impact, the advantages of evidence-based trauma practices, and ultimately, to destigmatize and boost the demand for these effective treatments.

HeHalutz

HeHalutz is the graduate movement of the Habonim Dror youth movement. HeHalutz works to create social change and to promote tolerance and pluralism. It also runs programs to help olim (immigrants) integrate into Israeli society. Currently, Hehalutz is working with the National Emergency Center for Information and Support to Arab Society and the Ministry for Social Equality to train and equip volunteer community search and rescue teams in Arab localities in northern Israel. After initially funding 10 search-and-rescue trailers, this allocation will allow for the purchase of six additional trailers and training of volunteers in six more Arab localities.

Helem.Club

Helem.Club was founded in 2022 by and for people with Post Traumatic Stress Injury (commonly known as PTSD). Its mission is to provide community, resources, and support for people with PTSD without the need for mental health professionals. Helem.Club is calling attention to the urgent need for accessible, affordable, and approachable resources for empowered community, culture change, and education to reach people living with PTSD with low-to-no-barrier digital tools and community resources available 24/7 to all people, regardless of stage, diagnosis, and financial means.

Herzog Center for Jewish Identity

The Yaacov Herzog Center for Jewish Identity has been operating for over 30 years in the southern region of Israel, with a focus on the Western Negev, in the fields of education and Jewish identity. The organization has extensive experience in facilitating dialogue groups and study circles for diverse and varied populations. It engages 800 learners from all segments of Israeli society each year. In response to the war, the Center is opening a series of six study groups, of which three are recommended for support: “learning from pain” study group, “southern women” study group, and “family embrace” study group.

HIAS Israel

HIAS Israel assists olim, works with civil society organizations and governmental bodies to improve the refugee asylum system and represents asylum seekers through legal proceedings. HIAS’ emergency approach provides support for basic needs for vulnerable displaced families in Israel who by virtue of their status in Israel are not eligible for support from the state. 

Hillel Israel

Hillel Israel works on six campuses across Israel to foster pluralistic Jewish life and motivate students to make Judaism more meaningful and relevant for them. Hillel runs programs in routine times to encourage volunteering through small scholarships or university credit. Hillel will expand the project to provide volunteers to assist elderly Israelis among evacuees or in communities close to Gaza who remained in their homes. Hillel estimates it will provide between 500-1,000 volunteers who will help mitigate loneliness and isolation and provide practical assistance. Hillel provides training, an understanding of the Jewish approach to volunteering and ongoing support to the volunteers, who are expected to gain as much from the project as the elderly recipients.

Hospitals and Mental Health Centers

The Israeli hospital system has treated the thousands of patients who were injured during the horrific events of October 7, and in the fighting since in the south and north. In parallel, all hospitals in Israel have been preparing for a potential expansion of the rocket fire to impact much larger areas of the country.

Jewish Federations have supported twenty-seven general hospitals and four rehabilitation hospitals to purchase urgently needed medical equipment to rapidly strengthen their emergency response capabilities. Each hospital was given an allocation based on a few factors: The number of wounded it treated, location within the country (priority to north and south), size of the hospital, and emergency needs. In addition, ten psychiatric hospitals have been supported to provide mental health services to those most affected by the war.

Hospitals:

ADI Negev Rehabilitation Hospital
Assuta Ashdod Hospital Barzilai Medical Center Bnai Zion Hospital
Barzilai Medical Center
Bnai Zion Hospital
Emek Medical Center Afula
Galilee Medical Center
Hadassah Medical Organization
Herzog Hospital
Hillel Yaffe Medical Center
Ichilov Hospital Sourasky Medical Center
Italian Hospital Haifa
Kaplan Hospital Rehovot
Laniado Hospital
Loewenstein Rehabilitation Hospital
Meir Medical Center
Nazareth Hospital
Poriya Tzafon Medical Center
Rabin Medical Center
Rambam Health Care Campus
Reuth Rehabilitation Hospital
Schneider Children's Medical Center
Shaare Zedek Medical Center
Shamir Medical Center (Asaf Harofeh)
Sheba Medical Center Tel Hashomer
Soroka Medical Center
St. Vincent's Hospital
Wolfson Medical Center
Yoseftal Hospital
Ziv Medical Center

Mental Health Centers:

Mazor Mental Health Center
Geha Mental Health Center
Beer Sheva Mental Health Center
Lev Hasharon Mental Health Center
Abarbanel Mental Health Center
Shaar Menashe Health Center
Shalvata Mental Health Center
The Jerusalem Center for Mental Health
Maale Carmel Mental Health Center
Merchavim Mental Health Center

Hotam - Teach First Israel

Hotam (TFI) is a social and educational organization that trains people with leadership qualities to be teachers, principals, and educational leaders. They specialize in mentoring their trainees and other educators and providing them with the knowledge and tools necessary to afford all children equal opportunity for a better future, regardless of their background. At the request of the Ministry of Education, Hotam has established and is managing multiple temporary schools for evacuees around the country.

Hostages and Missing Families Forum

The Hostage and Missing Families Forum was formed by the families of hostages following the horrific terrorist attack on Israeli citizens. The Forum is a nonprofit organization, founded solely for the purpose of bringing back the people abducted and being held hostage in Gaza. The Forum's strategy is to affect sustainable global public opinion in order to pressure countries who host and support Hamas for the immediate release of the hostages. Jewish Federations provide direct support to these families.

IDF Widows and Orphans Organization/ The Israel Midwives Association

The IDF Widows and Orphans Organization (IDFWO) is the representative organization working to support the care and welfare of widows and children orphans of IDF soldiers and members of the security forces who fell during service. The Israel Midwives Association is the representative organization of 1200 midwives working in medical settings and academia. The two organizations will assign midwives to accompany 35 pregnant women who have become widowed or whose partners have been severely injured in the war. The midwives will accompany the women throughout the pregnancy to medical appointments, prepare them for parenthood in the wake of the tragedy, deliver the babies, and accompany the women for two months after the birth.

Additionally, a collaborative program of the Midwives Association and the Northern District of the Ministry of Health with the local authorities. The Association is identifying and preparing midwives across the northern region who will be able to assist pregnant women in case of outbreak of large-scale war. Preparation will include training, equipment purchase, and mapping to identify the location of expectant women.

IsraAid

IsraAID is an independent NGO working in humanitarian aid and disaster response. In Israel, they are partnering with local groups to coordinate humanitarian efforts, provide mental health, education, and protection support, and urgent aid to evacuated and vulnerable communities. Funding to provide support in logistics and coordination for all their activities.

Israeli Alzheimer’s Medical Center

The Israel Alzheimer’s Medical Center in Ramat Gan is a residential medical facility for 200 people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia and a leading treatment provider in Israel. It also hosts a multipurpose day center for dementia patients who live at home or with their families. Since the war, the center has taken in around 30 new residents who were evacuated from the south and north. Although the center was at capacity, they happened to be completing construction on a new wing of the building which was able to accommodate the evacuees. Most of these evacuees will live at the center for the foreseeable future and potentially for the rest of their lives. The proposed budget will help the center cover part of the additional expenses resulting from the influx of new residents, including staffing, equipment, and basic needs.

Israel Antiquities Authority

Teams of IAA educators, instructors, and archaeologists have been developing and running programs across Israel for evacuated children, teens, and adults. Operating from the four districts in the IAA, strategically located around Israel, the trained teams of educators reach all the areas which house the evacuees, in hotels, hostels, and other temporary accommodations. They have operated more than 300 programs reaching more than 10,000 people.

Israel Association for Child Protection (ELI)

ELi's mission is to protect Israel's children and break the intergenerational cycle of abuse through a broad spectrum of services, including crisis intervention, emergency hot line, therapy, prevention programs in schools, professional education, and community awareness. Eli is leveraging its experience to provide long term trauma treatment for children who witnessed and experienced the worst of the atrocities.

Israel Association for Community Centers 

The IACC, with a national network of more than 1,000 community centers, is a trusted partner of Jewish Federations and through its community centers, which work in close cooperation with the local authorities, offers a wide range of solutions to the needs of the population which includes programming and spaces for teens/youth, family centers, resilience workshops for staff and volunteers, and a pilot program to build resilience for individuals and teams from within the communities most affected by October 7th and joint parent-child programming to help restore routine and appropriate family relationships.

Israel Center on Addiction & Mental Health

The Israel Center on Addiction &. Mental Health is a national center spearheading systemic policies for reducing addiction and its damages. It promotes the field of addiction prevention on the national agenda. The center is providing therapy sessions, training in schools, training for educational teams in the south, training and guidance of mental health professionals and medical teams and clinical intervention for families. The goal is to provide teachers with tools to support children affected by the current war, as well as classroom interventions to avoid/lower the chances of substance abuse among students because of the war.

Israel Elwyn

Israel Elwyn works in collaboration with and supported by the Ministry of Welfare, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, and local municipalities nationwide to serve over 5,400 individuals with disabilities, including toddlers, children, youth, young adults, adults, and seniors. With assistance from Jewish Federations, Israel Elwyn will provide a wide range of services for people with disabilities who have been affected by the war - from emotional support to tailored activities to critical equipment.

Israel Emergency Loan Fund

The Jewish Federations Israel Emergency Loan Fund will address Israel’s largescale impending economic crisis stemming from the critical liquidity issues faced by tens of thousands of businesses amid the war. Through allocations to fully vetted existing loan platforms, the Loan Fund will deliver capital quickly and at scale across regions, sectors, and industries. Philanthropic capital will absorb losses and support discounted borrowing rates, allowing the loan platforms to access leverage from banks and insurance companies to provide small and medium business loans at a total value of 3-5 times the value of capital allocated by the Loan Fund.

IGY (Israel Gay Youth)

IGY has been operating since 2002 as a movement for LGBTQ+ young people (72-23 years old). The organization has 4,000 youth participants and 400 volunteers. IGY works to empower LGBTQ+ young people by creating meaningful social spaces and encouraging them to take part in shaping the community and Israeli society. Jewish Federations support will help IGY strengthen their groups in affected cities in southern Israel and assist their most vulnerable members.

Israel Medical Association

Established in 1912, IMA represents 95% of physicians in Israel and works to advance doctors and the science of medicine. The IMA is providing anonymous psychological support and mental health counseling via Mifne to medical interns returning from reserves duty. Launched during the COVID-19 pandemic, Mifne was developed by IMA in collaboration with the Israel Psychiatric Association to help young physicians deal with occupational stress, navigate the many intersections between personal and professional lives and prevent burnout.

Israel's National Council for the Child (NCC)

The Israel National Council for the Child (NCC) mission is to ensure the welfare, well-being, and rights of all children in Israel. NCC is a protagonist in all children and youth related issues, on a national level; initiating and promoting public policy, forging cross-sector partnerships focused on the and operating as a main source of information for professionals, government, and the non-profit sector. NCC's entire operations have been diverted to responding to current needs. It will be advocating for children and providing training at the macro level; and providing support for children and teens is distress at the micro level.

Israel Trauma Coalition (ITC)

The Israel Trauma Coalition (ITC), a key Federation emergency partner, is the cornerstone in the national treatment of trauma and emergency preparedness in Israel. ITC operates 72 resilience centers, mostly in the Gaza border area, which offer a unique model that provides a seamless response along the continuum between emergency preparedness, emergency, and recovery. ITC also works through its member organizations to provide additional mental health and psychosocial services, such as the emotional support hotlines that have been opened by Eran and Natal. Jewish Federations will support the provision of care for evacuees, first responders, and medical professionals, along with a national hotline.

Additionally, October 7th and its aftermath compels the ITC to restructure and reorganize their work to effectively address the considerable and unprecedented surge in requirements. To this aim, ITC is undertaking strategic staffing measures. They are actively seeking to appoint several key roles, including a Chief Operating Officer who will assume the pivotal role of overseeing daily operations, personnel management, and logistics. In addition to this crucial appointment, they need to recruit two additional project managers, along with the appointment of a Director of Training. These strategic personnel additions are essential to bolster their capacity and enable a more efficient and focused response to this unprecedented emergency.

Israeli Volunteering Council

The Israeli Volunteering Council promotes volunteering in cooperation with government ministries, local authorities, NGOs, and the business sector in Israel and around the world. In emergencies, it manages the work of over 40 national NGOs with over 200,000 volunteers together with the IDF Homefront Command. Jewish Federations will help the Council to provide member organizations with the tools to effectively manage volunteers during this challenging period.

Israel Women’s Network

The Israel Women’s Network (IWN) has been working for 40 years to promote women's rights and gender equality in Israel. Combating gender-based violence, advocate for equality in the job market and public sphere and provide free legal assistance through a hotline to about 1,500 women annually. Since October 7th, they noted a significant increase in the volume of referrals from women to the hotline; a twofold surge in October referrals compared to September. Among these referrals, 34% were centered around clarifying rights, including concerns such as seeking payment for the initial days of the war, determining obligations to work without a protected environment, and navigating issues related to unemployment benefits. The requested continued unabated prompting the creation of the Alice Shalvi Women’s Right’s Center taking the hotline to the next stage with free legal consultation, communication, and advocacy support on behalf of women.

Jaffa Institute

The Jaffa Institute operates in some of the most disadvantaged areas in Israel in the socioeconomic periphery in Tel Aviv-Jaffa and in Bet Shemesh. It provides educational, nutritional, therapeutic, and social support services to help people escape the cycle of intergenerational poverty. During the war, the Jaffa Institute opened its residential high school in Bet Shemesh to house, feed, and care for evacuees. It is also providing a therapeutic program for evacuees who are staying in Tel Aviv hotels.

JDC

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, JDC, is one of Jewish Federations’ historic partners, with deep roots and an unshakable connection to the State of Israel. JDC is caring for those who have no one else to turn to – vulnerable seniors, people with disabilities, children and young adults at risk, families in financial distress, and the unemployed. Jewish Federation emergency support will enable JDC to respond to the unique needs of these special populations as well as the southern communities, the residents and leadership, to advance efforts of restoring personal security, ensuring access to government benefits, embracing vulnerable populations, strengthening local leadership and resources, and providing multi-faceted care for youth. JDC is also providing training and counseling to frontline professionals to ensure they have the support they need to continue their important work.
The Ministry of Social Affairs in partnership with JDC funded the development and piloting of “Foxie Finder bracelets” to provide emergency alerts to an initial 250 deaf and blind people with limited technological literacy who cannot access regular alerts on smart phones. An additional 750 bracelets are required for deaf and blind individuals who do not have smart phones.

Jerusalem Open House - National LGBTQ+ Emergency Response

All Israeli LGBTQ+ non-profit organizations have joined together and entrusted the Jerusalem Open House to lead the establishment of a mental health emergency support system. More than 50 psychologists and social workers have been enlisted to provide a nationwide response to trauma, loss, and other challenges that LGBTQ+ Israelis are facing during the crisis. This need arose quickly, as many LGBTQ+ individuals hesitate to access services through state institutions, especially during periods of turmoil, and will be better served in specialized frameworks.

Jerusalem College of Technology {JCT)

The Jerusalem College of Technology (JCT) is an academic institution that specializes in high-tech engineering, industrial management, business administration and life and health sciences. It is dedicated to strengthening Jerusalem and responding to Israel's socio-economic needs. JCT empowers diverse segments of Israeli society - who would otherwise not have access to higher education - to become contributing members of Israel's workforce. JCT is now hosting high schools and other educational institutions from areas under fire, allowing them to maintain routine for the students on its campus, where they can use its dormitories and classrooms.

Jerusalem Hills Therapeutic Center

Jerusalem Hills Therapeutic Center is a unique institution which provides post-hospitalization therapeutic treatment for children aged 7 to 15. These include some of Israel most "at-risk" youth from all sectors of Israeli society. The Center also operates a training center for professionals and a community clinic. Jewish Federations will help provide therapeutic sessions for children with first-hand and second-hand trauma from the war, special training for professionals, transportation for displaced children from affected areas, and equipment for shelters at the facility.

Jewish Agency for Israel

The Jewish Agency for Israel’s Fund for Victims of Terror is providing immediate, critical financial aid to victims and their families. In addition, the Jewish Agency is providing housing, food, activities, security, economic assistance, and more for new olim and elderly residents, including Holocaust survivors, in the conflict zone.

Volunteer Doctor Program:

Israeli hospitals are facing persistent shortages of doctors as many continue to be called up to serve in the IDF as reservists. These gaps exist within hospitals generally and are worse in key specialties including emergency room, ophthalmologists, and rehabilitation specialists.
These short-term gaps can be filled by overseas doctors who are willing to volunteer in Israel. Hospitals are able to cover accommodation and malpractice insurance, but support is needed to cover flight costs. The Jewish Agency has been partnering with the Ministry of Health as one of several platforms to help recruit and facilitate the arrival of medical volunteers. At this time, the Ministry of Health is looking to place 50 doctors/month for 2 months.

Jewish Funders Network Forum of Foundations

The Forum of Foundations in Israel is a community of foundation professionals seeking to benefit Israeli society. The Jewish Funders Network is a global community of private foundations and philanthropists whose mission is to promote meaningful giving and to improve philanthropy in the Jewish world. The two organizations are cooperating to build a portal to efficiently connect funders and the needs in the field. The portal will allow NGOs to upload requests which will undergo basic vetting. Funders will be able to quickly review and fund relevant opportunities.

Joint Council of Pre-Military Academies in Israel

The Joint Council of tv1echinot (Pre-Military Leadership Academies) is the representative organization of all fifty-four mechinot in Israel. The mission of the council is to help all these institutions, whether oriented toward the secular, traditional, or Orthodox population, turn their common educational vision into practical reality. The Council has been organizing for the mechina participants across the country to volunteer where they are most needed in areas ranging from agriculture, informal education, assisting the elderly and other special populations, refurbishing shelters, among many others.

Jordan River Village

The Jordan River Village is a haven for children facing severe illnesses and disabilities. The Village has opened its doors to host displaced families of children with special needs or facing serious illness. The Village quickly reached capacity and is operating on a waitlist. Jewish Federations funding will help the Village procure essential medical supplies, accommodate the families for their stay, and provide them with services and treatments.

Kfar Izun

Kfar Izun is an innovative treatment-rehabilitation village which operates programs for young people in crisis between the ages of 18-40 who have "dual diagnoses" – drug use combined with mental health issues. These young people are often recently released soldiers or backpackers returning from long trips abroad. Kfar Izun also operates Ministry of Defense-approved programs for military PTSD and run a home in India for Israel travelers in collaboration with the Anti-Drug Authority and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Due to its expertise in the field, Kfar Izun will be opening small group, three-month intensive treatment programs for the most affected survivors of the Nova music festival (will reach at least 200 people).  

Kiryat Shmona Network of Community Center

The Kiryat Shmona Network of Community Centers operates five community centers in Kiryat Shmona in close cooperation with the local municipality. The Network is ensuring the provision of informal education, youth, community building and aged services for the city’s residents who are now spread among 120 hotels from Tiberius to Eilat. The Network provides residents (as well as other evacuees) with community, informal education, youth, and adolescent programs, as well as programming for the elderly and employment assistance. A major challenge for the city is to ensure that stronger residents remain connected to the city and choose to return to live in Kiryat Shmona at the conclusion of the hostilities.

Kivunim

Kivunim is dedicated to empowering young adults with disabilities to achieve independence and become active members of their communities. Kivunim's programs are designed to build self-confidence, enhance independence and self-management skills, and foster social inclusion. Jewish Federations support will help young adults who are practicing independent living in a life-preparatory program in Nahariya and Haifa. Kivunim will upgrade safety equipment for the 45 apartments, relocate participants from five apartments without shelters, and provide additional mental health care.

Kodkode

This ultra-Orthodox program for training programmers for the defense establishment began in 2022 and as of July 2023, 88 of graduates of the first cohort have been integrated into programming jobs within IDF technological units. The training program is intended for talented and serious ultra-Orthodox men aged 21-27 with an emphasis on a highly professional course of study, in a suitable Torah atmosphere. Graduates then serve in high tech roles for 24 months within the IDF. Now developing a second, expanded second cohort (as a result of Swords of Iron War) funds are needed to enable the expansion of the program. In addition to fulfilling new military needs, the program provides a pathway into Israeli life for Haredi men.

Koret Israel Economic Development Funds (KIEDF)

KIEDF https://www.kiedf.net/, was established in 1994 and has been making loans aggregating approximately $15mm per annum in recent years to vulnerable markets such as women-owned businesses and the Ethiopian and Israeli Arab ommunities, predominantly in the North. In the face of the current situation, KIEDF will deploy an additional ~$10 million of low-cost loans to micro and small businesses impacted by the attack and war in the South and North and eventually more broadly across the country.

Krembo Wings

Krembo Wings is the only fully inclusive youth movement in Israel that brings together children and youth with and without disabilities for weekly social and educational activities. As of October 2023, the organization has been working with local municipalities and the Homefront Command to expand their activities to provide support to members of the community who need it most. With the support of Jewish Federations, Krembo Wings will open new branches and launch new programs to serve the needs of evacuees in the north and south.

LATET

Latet "To Give" - is a leading Israeli non-profit combatting poverty and food insecurity and working to mobilize Israeli civil society toward mutual responsibility. Latet started providing a humanitarian response to individuals and families affected by the war by providing food and hygiene kits to those most in need. With the support of Jewish Federations, Latet is prioritizing populations such as evacuees from the southern and northern border regions, senior citizens, Holocaust survivors, regular and reserve soldiers, and families in areas which are sustaining significant rocket attacks. Latet is also distributing 15,000 school kits for evacuee children in 1st to 6th grades that include everything needed for them to continue their studies at their temporary educational facilities.

Latet Pe

Latet Pe’s (Translation: Give Voice) objective is to minimize sexual abuse and harassment in schools and communities. They specialize in unique educational programs that empower children and assist adults in creating healthy, simple, and positive discourse on the sensitive issue of sexuality and sexual abuse. New project to prevent/deal with sexual predators for evacuee children and youth in the hotel setting.

Leket Israel

Leket Israel is the leading food rescue organization in Israel. Leket collects healthy, surplus food and distributes it to populations in need through partner organizations. With the support of Jewish Federations, Leket will provide hundreds of thousands of meals to evacuees, senior citizens, and families from the hardest-hit areas of Israel. It will also distribute reloadable food purchase cards for families in need, such as those who lost their source of income or single parents who are unable to work. Leket is also supporting local agriculture by purchasing millions of pounds of produce directly from Israeli farmers who are facing a significant labor crisis and competition from imports and collaborating with major institutions to enable high-school students to assist with agricultural harvests.

Additionally, Leket Israel has handled increased quantities of produce to support both agriculture and individuals, along with a significant increase for prepared food. As a result, local partners require additional infrastructure to store, refrigerate, heat, and handle the food safely. The infrastructure will assist the partners during the current war and in the future, enabling them to grow and service more people while maintaining the highest level of food hygiene. In addition, the large volume of food that has passed through the main Leket Israel warehouse has caused significant wear and tear on the existing infrastructure.

Lo Omdot Me Neged

The organization assists women and men who have survived the cycle of prostitution and trafficking within the sex industry in Israel. The association was established to raise public awareness of the damage caused by prostitution, connect survivors to the community, and provide emergency assistance services. October 7 and the war that has followed, has exacerbated the situation of current and former sex workers dramatically and there is a significantly increased need for emergency support due. This is due to the deterioration of Israel’s financial situation and the impact of war trauma on those already suffering from complex post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Women in prostitution are a vulnerable, transparent population facing the harshest stigma. These women face daily economic struggles and suffer from nutritional insecurity. Most live in poverty, lacking family support, and experiencing terrible loneliness. Additionally, due to their PTSD, they have difficulty holding onto jobs.

Ma'ase

Ma'ase is a hub for social volunteerism that works to promote responsibility, shared civil society, and active citizenship among young people from diverse groups across Israel. Its mission is to advance social mobility among young people from Israel's peripheries. Ma'ase has established an informal school for evacuee children at the Dead Sea hotels and its volunteers provide a range of services, such as daycare for the children of essential workers and other volunteer tasks elsewhere in Israel.

Ma’avarim

Ma’avarim – Israeli Trans Community is collaborating with the other two leading trans-led NGOs in Israel, the Gila Project and Trans Israel, to provide a social care and welfare emergency response for this marginalized and highly vulnerable population. The NGOs are working through Ma’avarim’s Social Care Center for trans and gender-diverse individuals, which was established in 2020 with the Ministry of Welfare and providing special response for Russian-speaking and Arabic-speaking trans individuals in partnership with the Jerusalem Open House.

Maccabi World Union

Maccabi World Union, an international Jewish sports organization famous for the Maccabiah Games, operates Kfar Maccabiah, a hotel, conference center, and sports complex in Ramat Gan. Within 36 hours of the October 7th attacks, Kfar Maccabiah was at full capacity hosting nearly 1,000 evacuees from across southern Israel. Staff and volunteers are providing three meals a

day and utilizing the facilities on site to host extensive activities for children and adults.

Magen David Adorn

Magen David Adorn (MDA) is Israel's National Emergency Pre-Hospital Medical and Blood Services Organization. MDA is Israel's largest volunteer organization and provides emergency medical services across Israel. During emergencies, MD A's volunteers and professional staff work around the clock to save lives. Jewish Federations will assist MDA to urgently upgrade Basic Life Support ambulances to become Mobile Intensive Care Units and replenish critical medical supplies.

Masa Israeli - I Belong Israel

Maso Israeli is a national educational organization that leads thousands of educational trips for Israeli and diaspora teens annually. Maso Israeli is now conducting educational and recreational activities for youth who have been evacuated to hotels throughout the country and is also working with youth who have not been evacuated from communities such as Ofakim and Netivot. These youth and their families are experiencing high levels of distress and difficulty due to the traumatic experiences they have faced.

Masters Degree Program - Certified Prosthetics and Orthotics Specialist

The Ministry of Health is advancing the establishment of an Orthotics and Prosthetics Master’s Degree in cooperation with Ben Gurion University and ADI Negev. In Israel, there is currently no academic training program for this profession, which is traditionally passed from specialists to apprentices. Since October 7, with the high number of amputees and other physical injuries, there is more need than ever for specialist care in this field. The two-year program will recruit 15 students and the funding will stem from both government and philanthropic sources. The Ministry of Health has committed NIS 6M to the establishment of the degree program, and Jewish Federations support will allow the institutions to quickly launch the first year of studies.

Melabev

Melabev provides essential services to older adults coping with dementia and Alzheimer's. Melabev's mission is to increase the quality of life of seniors in the community and enable “Aging in Place” for as long as possible. Melabev’s dementia trained therapists are providing therapeutic programming in hotels for evacuated seniors from the north with cognitive disfunction. The programming will be conducted in the community if the evacuees return before the end of program.

Mental Health in the Community

The Community Intervention Initiative of the Ministry of Health is based on collaboration between psychiatric departments in general hospitals and psychiatric hospitals. The goal is to provide accessible mental health treatment in the community, preventing stigma or fear as barriers to seeking treatment.

Hospitals will establish intervention centers that offer day-treatment and hospitalization for patients in need of care. The plan includes the establishment of 16 community intervention centers all over the country. Integrated centers include staff from large psychiatric departments and professional therapeutic teams, specializing in a wide range of treatments for relevant populations. The Community Intervention Initiative will also open a discourse in society, helping rebrand mental health care and leading to education for open discussion and understanding of mental health issues.

Migdal Local Council

The Migdal Local Council in northern Israel near the Sea of Galilee is a small local authority of around 2,000 permanent residents, which has taken in at least 1,800 evacuees thanks to hotels and many holiday apartments and rental units in its area. It is also one of the closer-to-home evacuation options for northern evacuees geographically. The local authority has requested assistance with the many extra expenditures it has incurred hosting evacuees, who are receiving basic needs including clothing and food, supplies, services, early childhood teachers, and equipping communal shelters.

Mitchashvim/2B.Friendly

Mitchashvim is the largest non-profit in Israel distributing refurbished computers with a national, supervised, transparent, and equitable distribution model. It is partnering with 2B.Friendly, a fund which promotes a just and environmentally friendly economy through the power of the private sector. Mitchashvim will be providing thousands of laptops to evacuees and others in need during the war.

MOSHE

MOSHE - Words that Make a Difference is an organization devoted to reducing suicide rates through community-based interventions. In Israel, an estimated 600 people die by suicide each year and 13,000 people in suicide-related distress. Since October 7, countless people are suffering from acute mental health issues - and heightened suicide risk. MOSHE is providing community interventions that are highly effective and save lives - through a call center, professional training, and both direct interventions and group sessions for those in crisis.

NATAL

NATAL is an apolitical non-profit organization that offers psychological and emotional treatment and support to victims of trauma due to war and terror. Since its establishment in 1998, NATAL has provided psychological assistance to individuals in Israel from all sectors of society, irrespective of age, gender, and ethnicity. With Jewish Federation support hotlines are available for those in need along with direct care.

NATAN

NATAN is an all-volunteer NGO dedicated to providing aid in the wake of both natural and human-made disasters, regardless of location or circumstances. In collaboration with Clalit Health Services, the largest Israeli HMO, NATAN has established and is operating medical and dental clinics in Shafayim, the Dead Sea, and Eilat to provide services to the large evacuee populations housed in those locations.

Navah

Navah, founded in 2003 during the Second Intifada, is dedicated to supporting bereaved families of IDF soldiers, victims of terror, and disasters. Their “Empty Chair” project seeks to support bereaved families on one of the most-family focused nights on the Jewish calendar- Seder night. Bereaved families are invited and hosted at hotels, including a communal Seder.

Nefesh B'Nefesh

Nefesh B'Nefesh supports those making Aliyah from North America, from the initial process to starting new lives in Israel. With the support of Jewish Federations, Nefesh B'Nefesh will provide free counseling services to support families living in the South, parents of Lone Soldiers, bereaved Olim families, injured Lone Soldiers, and the general English-speaking population. In addition, a dedicated team of social workers will assist Lone Soldiers, visit hospitals, counsel bereaved parents, and address incoming calls from concerned parents overseas.

Neve Eshkol

Neve Eshkol is the Association for the Elderly in the Eshkol Regional Council, which has a sixty-kilometer border with the Gaza Strip and is the region that suffered the most casualties and hostages taken on October 7. Neve Eshkol provides welfare services and leisure activities for elderly people in the region, including Holocaust survivors. Since the war and the evacuation of the residents, Neve Eshkol has been taking care of a variety of needs for 700 elderly people, and in some cases their foreign caregivers, who are staying in multiple evacuation sites around the country.

New York State Bar Association (with the Israel Bar Association) 

The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) defines itself as the voice of the legal profession in New York State. NYSBA played an integral role after 9/11 in ensuring that victims of the attack were able to access their full rights through pro-bono representation. The Israel Bar Association was established as an autonomous statutory entity to incorporate lawyers in Israel and to assure the standard and integrity of the legal profession. The NYBSA will adapt the website that it built for 9/11 to the needs of Israel Bar Association to facilitate the provision of pro-bono advice on rights from lawyers with a specialty in this field.

NGOs in Frontline Municipalities or Regional Councils

The two municipalities and six regional councils (made up of multiple kibbutzim and moshavim) in immediate proximity to the Gaza border experienced extensive loss of life and destruction of property during the terrorist infiltration. Jewish Federations are providing grants to local non-governmental organizations in frontline communities to help these communities meet the deep immediate challenges of attending to the immense needs of their populations while rebuilding infrastructure and restoring the sense of security, community, and routine.

Nirim Foundation

Nirim operates a nationwide educational-therapeutic program that, every year, gives hundreds of high-risk youth another opportunity, sometimes their last, to return to Israeli society as citizens who contribute to themselves, their families, and the country. Nirim runs a Youth Village - a residential setting for 120 extreme-risk teens; and "Nirim in the Neighborhoods" - a community-based program that works with at-risk youth in underserved populations throughout Israel. Jewish Federations are supporting the evacuation of the residents from the youth village and extra home visits to youth-at-risk in communities under threat in northern and southern Israel.

Ogen: Free Loan Fund

Ogen https://www.ogen.org/en/, formerly known as the Israel Free Loan Association, has been attracting philanthropic capital and banking support since 1990 and has made over 80,000 loans providing over $500 million during that time. They have pre-existing relationships with several large Israeli banks. Leveraging its 30+ years of experience serving highly vulnerable businesses (“bottom one-third of the economy”) across Israel, Ogen is establishing a new low-cost loan program of up to $200 million in available leveraged capital to serve small businesses impacted by the war.

Ohr Torah Stone

Ohr Torah Stone is a network of 32 educational institutions, social projects, outreach programs, and leadership initiatives to educate and prepare the next generation to strengthen society, perfect the world, and serve as a light unto the nations. Ohr Torah Stone has opened the doors of their retreat center to evacuees from southern Israel and are providing all their basic needs for an indefinite stay as the war continues, in addition to providing day activities for the children.

Olim Beyahad

Olim Beyahad works to change Israeli society's stereotypes and misconceptions about Ethiopian Israelis and facilitate their integration into all facets of society via high-quality employment integration, excellence in education, and in-depth media interventions. Olim Beyahad will use its extensive network and credibility as a leading Ethiopian Israeli organization to organize a clinical mental health initiative in partnership with Wuste Tzega, the Center for Culturally Adapted Psychotherapy. They will provide culturally sensitive therapy, including in the Amharic language, to families affected by the war.

Olei – The Union of Olim from Latin America, Spain, and Portugal

Olei is an olim (immigrant) association with twenty branches across Israel. It aids immigrants from Latin America, Spain and Portugal with Aliyah (immigration) and klita (absorption). Olei is providing a range of support services in Spanish and Portuguese for Latin American olim who have been affected by the war (including elderly, recent arrivals, jobseekers, and Lone Soldiers).

Organization for Terror Victims

The Organization for Israel's Terror Victims is the Representative Organization which supports thousands of family members, widows, orphans and disabled people who are recognized by the State of Israel as terror victims. With Jewish Federation support, families of orphans and widows from October 7 will be assigned a professional support person for three months who provides broad logistical and administrative assistance as well as emotional support during the challenging initial months.

Orr Shalom

Orr Shalom is Israel's largest provider for children in Out-of-Home Care, serving children at-risk who have been removed from their homes by the welfare authorities due to severe abuse and neglect, including children with mental and physical disabilities. With the assistance of Jewish Federations, Orr Shalom will provide extra support to the children living in group homes in areas under fire and to graduates who have been affected by the emergency.

Osim Shechuna

Osim Shechuna empowers youth, building communities and developing local leadership within troubled neighborhoods in Israel. Osim has rapidly built a network of partnerships to facilitate volunteers to rapidly make thousands of neglected communal bomb shelters in northern Israel habitable. Osim Shechuna is expanding their activities to more geographic areas in the south and center of Israel that are at risk of continued or new rocket attacks.

OTI - The Israeli Autism Association

OTI - The Israeli Autism Association is a leading Israeli organization dedicated to providing professional support to families and individuals affected by autism. Their mission is to empower individuals with autism to reach their full potential and lead fulfilling lives. Oti is operating a special education system for evacuee children and teens with special needs in Eilat in coordination with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education.

Otot

Otot Association operates 37 out-of-home residential frameworks for young people – with specialized options for women, Arab Israelis, religious and ultra-Orthodox Jews, and LGBTQ+ individuals. These frameworks are supported by the Ministry of Welfare and most residents are referred by court orders, probation services, or municipal welfare departments. Three of Otot’s frameworks were directly affected by the events of October 7 – the Beit Dekel hostel for at-risk teen boys, the Neot Aviv hostel for at-risk teen girls, and the Makom Acher co-ed residence. Otot will provide a six-month approach for these three facilities including additional professional support, trauma-intervention, and therapeutic modalities.

OU Israel

OU Israel is the Orthodox Union’s branch in Israel, established to promote the unity of the Jewish people by celebrating the common Jewish experience to positively impact Israeli society, strengthen its next generation, absorb new immigrants, and empower Israel’s periphery. During the war, OU Israel has created a variety of responses, including providing relief efforts for evacuees in 15 hotels in Jerusalem, operating the “chaverim makshivim” crisis hotline for religious youth and families, supporting the OU Israel Youth Centers from Sderot and Kiryat Shmona which are evacuated, and planning Shabbaton experiences in Jerusalem for OU Israel evacuated youth-at-risk.

Our Brothers

Our Brothers was established in 2017 by a group of bereaved siblings and volunteers, out of a desire to create a niche place of belonging, an outlet for bereaved brothers and sisters representing all of Israeli society, be they Jews or non-Jews, religious, secular or ultra-Orthodox, who have lost a sibling at any time, from the War of Independence until today. Our Brothers will expand their activities to meet the needs of the many newly bereaved siblings in Israel since October 7. They will operate nature retreats leading up to Yom HaZikaron and run other group-based therapeutic activities.

Paamonim

Paamonim works to help families handle their finances with balance, responsibility, and transparency, fortifying our nation's socioeconomic foundation. Paamonim guides and provides financial support to anyone interested and provides knowledge, tools, and skills for wise financial conduct. Paamonim is offering ongoing assistance for evacuees, reservists and other affected Israelis with debt management and financial grants to navigate recovery challenges. Services are delivered both digitally and in-person at evacuee centers.

Partners of Fallen IDF Soldiers/GFIDF

While married spouses of fallen soldiers receive support from the IDF and the National Insurance Institute, unmarried partners have no official legal status and therefore can be left without the support they need after the death of their loved ones. GFIDF supports the partners (boyfriends, girlfriends, significant others) of fallen IDF soldiers from the moment their loved ones are killed, providing them tailored therapeutic assistance and emotional support as they navigate the challenging journey ahead of them.

Physicians for Human Rights Israel/ASSAF

Physicians for Human Rights Israel is an Israeli non-profit organization that promotes the right to health for all people living under Israel's responsibility. ASSAF - Aid Organization for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Israel provides support and assistance to refugees, driven by a deep-rooted belief in the historical responsibility of Israeli society toward those seeking refuge. The two organizations will provide emergency humanitarian assistance to vulnerable refugees who have been affected by the war, particularly those who have lost their jobs.

Pitchon-Lev

Pitchon Lev is one of Israel's largest humanitarian organizations, established as a national humanitarian organization focused on breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty in Israel. Pitchon-Lev directly assists over 200,000 individuals and families every year, distributing thousands of food parcels, clothes, home equipment, and much more to needy families on a weekly basis, regardless of their gender, religion, race or nationality. During the emergency Pitchon Lev has greatly expanded its humanitarian aid deliveries to meet the needs of the homebound and displaced.

Place-IL

Place-IL was established by Israeli high-tech executives (entrepreneurs, CEOs, development and technology leaders, multinational companies, investors and venture capital funds), with the aim of enabling large-scale yet high-quality recruitment of populations underrepresented in Israeli high-tech. The model was developed based on an in-depth analysis of the needs and patterns used in high-tech companies in the recruitment and integration of juniors. The program is designed to solve three major barriers that prevent high-tech companies from recruiting candidates from underrepresented populations on a significant scale: (1) a scattered and unsystematic supply of candidates (coming from academia, training organizations and non-profit organizations); (2) the screening and recruitment methods of the companies that miss the potential inherent in candidates from underrepresented populations; (3) A minority of junior positions - intended for candidates without any work experience in high-tech. Place-IL has proposed an effort to create local employment opportunities for the residents of the Western Negev including both Jews and Arabs, in high-tech companies, without requiring them to make a daily trip to the center of the country. They have secured funds from the government, tech partners and foundations.

Project Kesher Israel (PKI)

Project Kesher Israel (PKI) has been operating in Israel for 15 years and has created a coalition of groups dedicated to the needs of Russian-speaking women in Israel. Since the escalation of the war in Ukraine, PKI has been providing support to 1,500 women and children from Ukraine and Russia who have sought refuge in Israel. PKI will provide food parcels and cash cards for refugees who have lost their jobs, mental health support and first aid kits.

Rashi Foundation for Kiryat Shmona Education Department

Most of the population of the socioeconomically disadvantaged northern border city of Kiryat Shmona was evacuated from their homes in October 2023 to hundreds of hotels across Israel. No date has been set for their return. Due to trauma, uncertainty, and the prolonged war and displacement, the situation of the high school students has deteriorated. Some have given up on school, and choose not to attend classes at all, despite upcoming matriculation exams, which are vital to a student’s future. This grant will help Kiryat Shmona’s municipal education department hold "bootcamps" under boarding conditions that will allow the youth to prepare for the exams. The Rashi Foundation is working closely with the municipality in designing the program and is facilitating Jewish Federations' grant. Beyond study, students and teachers will have invaluable time face-to-face, and students showing emotional or social difficulties will be better identified and assisted.

ReGrow Israel

On October 7, Hamas terrorists targeted farm equipment and infrastructure as a means of striking at the Israeli economy and the identity of the Western Negev, whose farms supply three-quarters of Israel’s vegetables. Funding by Jewish Federations through ReGrow Israel, an initiative of Volcani International Partnerships, is enabling these farming communities to replace the destroyed or looted agricultural equipment in time for the planting season, which begins in early April. Farmers face a gap of $12.5 million between the cost of the equipment and the coverage of the government’s insurance fund.

Given the urgency, the Israel Emergency Response Committee is advancing the full $12.5 million to enable the farmers to purchase equipment immediately while inviting Federations and donors to join this effort.

Regional Council for Unrecognized Arab Villages

The Regional Council for Unrecognized Arab Villages in the Negev offers support to 300,000 members of the Bedouin community living in the southern Negev desert region of Israel. During the October 7 attack, many Bedouin villages suffered rocket attacks. With Jewish Federations' support, they will set up a food assistance program and hire social workers to respond to the acute needs of families and children.

SAHi - Special Hessed Unit

SAHi is a youth-at-risk program with a unique and successful model based on the notion that giving transforms the giver's life just as much as that of the receiver. SAHi is utilizing it existing branches across Israel with more than 1,500 involved young people and volunteers to provide services and deliver humanitarian aid to those affected by the war, especially vulnerable populations such as isolated elderly people. SAHi has been rapidly expanding to additional locations with a special focus on empowering evacuee youth and supporting them with a community of their peers, while helping those in need.

SafeHeart

SafeHeart is an emergency mental health project founded after October 7 and operated by a network of psychologists, psychiatrists, clinical social workers, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical supervisors, who all have experience working with severe trauma and the field of psychedelic harm reduction. SafeHeart is focused on attending to the mental health needs of the survivors of the October 7 attacks on the music festivals, including Nova. SafeHeart provides full coverage for private treatments for survivors above and beyond the care provided by the government and is a partner of the Israel Trauma Coalition, which is referring cases in this category. Already 700 survivors are undergoing treatment, and the organization is prepared to accommodate up to 1,300 survivors.

Safe Place

Safe Place “Mekomot Shmurim” is dedicated to promoting accessibility and inclusion in the arts, through sensorily and cognitively accessible events for children and adults with autism, anxiety, and ADHD, by offering tailormade performances created with the help of therapeutic professionals. Safe Place is providing three performances and two activities for evacuee children and families in each of 10 different sites around Israel.

Sapir College

Sapir College, Israel's largest public college, is located just two miles from the Gaza border and provides high-quality, equitable, and accessible higher education in Israel's Southern periphery. Federation support will help the college build a Trauma-Resiliency Treatments and Basic Needs Fund to provide students and staff with critical trauma and resiliency treatments to regain the capacity to function and provide grants to cover urgent basic needs for over 1,000 students. Additionally, an important part of the College’s vision is the advancement of the Bedouin Arab population of the Negev. Jewish Federations will enable Bedouin students to access the technology necessary to participate in a dedicated pre-academic program.

Schechter Institute

Schechter was founded 39 years ago to offer a fresh alternative for Israel: meaningful Jewish education in an open, pluralistic environment. Their response to the war is reflected in their regular work, including strengthening rabbinic presence in local communities, a national hotline for spiritual care, support for recent Ukrainian and Russian olim, and updated resource kids and activities for the TALI Educational Fund, a network of 80 schools and 1000 kindergartens throughout Israel.

Selah

Selah, a member of the Israel Trauma Coalition, provides immediate, urgent, emotional, and practical assistance to new immigrants who have experienced the harshest tragedies, acute crises and lack resources to cope.  Selah is providing immediate, urgent direct emotional and practical aid to grieving new immigrant families who have lost their loved ones during the war, wounded new immigrants and their families and new immigrants who are re-living traumas. Selah also organizes support groups for traumatized immigrants.

Shahaf Foundation

The Shahaf Foundation was established in 2010 as a philanthropic partnership to advance and empower the geo-social periphery of Israel and convert the neighborhoods and towns there from vulnerable distress areas into strong, in-demand areas. During the current emergency, the Foundation, in cooperation with additional philanthropists, are advancing a large-scale plan intended to develop deep resilience by assisting the local authorities in coping with the evacuee population and with the inhabitants in communities that had not been evacuated. They have implemented the model in Sderot and now are seeking funding for Ashkelon.

Shalom Hartman Institute

The Shalom Hartman Institute is a leading center of Jewish thought and education, serving Israel and North America. Their mission is to strengthen Jewish peoplehood, identity, and pluralism; to enhance the Jewish and democratic character of Israel; and to ensure that Judaism is a compelling force for good in the 21st century. In response to the October 7 attack, the Institute has launched a new initiative through which graduates and students of the Beit Midrash for Israeli Rabbis provide spiritual support and guidance for evacuated communities.

Shalva

ShaIva is a Jerusalem-based association for care and inclusion of people with disabilities, providing a range of services for people of all ages and backgrounds from recreation to employment training to independent living, plus family support. ShaIva has taken in 700 evacuees from an institution for youth-at-risk and with Jewish Federations' support, will provide for all their needs during the stay.

Shamir Medical Center

Shamir Medical Center, south of Tel Aviv in Israel’s Central Region, is one of the largest public hospitals in Israel, with more than 800 beds. Shamir hosts The Sagol Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Research, the largest hyperbaric treatment center worldwide. The Center is a leader in pioneering research on novel indications of hyperbaric medicine for cognitive and physical rehabilitation and performance. Jewish Federations support will allow the Center to treat civilians suffering from PTSD using innovative hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

Sheatufim/Zionism 2000

Sheatufim and Zionism 2000 are two infrastructure organizations that have brought real change in Israeli reality for many years. Through national system-building activities along with a variety of sectors and populations, they have led emergency initiatives on a national scale in times of strife and emergency. With Jewish Federations' support, their new joint initiative Yeladanu will provide a comprehensive, immediate, and quality response to the diverse needs of children and youth living on our borders.

SheRise

This is a new collaboration, based on the strength of existing NGOs and related programs, to support the development of authentic grassroots women’s leadership across the Western Negev. The program was also developed in full consultation and will be run in collaboration with Eshkol Negev HaMaaravi – The Western Negev Cluster, which represents and coordinates across all the 11 municipalities of the South most effected by October 7th. This approach ensures municipal buy-in and allows the program to work in conjunction with community social workers and the state mandated women's status reps in each municipality. Based on four pillars, establishment of women’s leadership grassroots groups, professional guidance and skill building, cultivation of a peer network through regional gatherings and supporting program implementation, the program will engage estimated 330 project participants across 11 Regional Councils.

Shishi Shabbat Yisraeli

Shishi Shabbat Yisraeli (Israeli Weekend) is a nationwide educational initiative for Russian-speaking Israelis aged 18-35. It aims to strengthen Jewish and Israeli identity, bolster Jewish unity, foster personal and intellectual growth, and develop talented young leadership. They provide a warm and supportive community for over 18,000 young Russian-speaking soldiers, students, and young professionals. To help recent olim (most of whom left Russia/Ukraine due to the war there) cope with the current emergency, Shishi Shabbat Yisraeli is running in person and virtual support groups, arranging for olim to do volunteer work, and running local therapeutic and creative gatherings and weekly Shabbat events that connect olim soldiers, new olim, and veteran olim to provide them with community at this difficult time.

Shoresh Fund

The Shoresh Fund's immediate aid fund was established to support the immediate needs of the families in the Gaza border region affected by the war. Shoresh Fund strives to provide an immediate solution and fill needs ASAP. It is in constant contact with communities (both evacuees and residents who chose to remain) to fill a range of immediate needs. Examples include generators, setting up a temporary dining hall, washing machines etc.

Simcha Layeled

Simcha Layeled is dedicated to improving the quality of life for thousands of disabled and seriously ill children in hospitals and rehabilitation centers throughout Israel. It emphasizes a personal connection with each child and the development of long-term relationships during hospital stays, rehabilitation, and into the future. With Jewish Federations support, Simcha Layeled is providing personal, emotional, and social support services to more than 300 children from affected regions in the north and south of Israel.

Shuvu Achim

The Shuvu Achim pre-military academy was founded in 2014, following the brutal kidnapping and murder of three teenage boys, Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaer and Naftali Fraenkel. Among their special volunteer projects, they coordinate a special Passover package initiative to provide Kosher for Passover food to families. This year, many of the packages will be delivered to evacuees from norther communities who require additional help.

Social Delivery (Shinua Hevrati)

Social Delivery (Shinua Hevrati) efficiently delivers humanitarian aid across Israel sourced from corporate donors and NGO partners. During the emergency, it has become a key player in ensuring that humanitarian supplies are able to be warehoused and delivered quickly and efficiently wherever they are needed. It is assisting other Jewish Federation grantees with their logistical needs.

Sourasky Medical Center - Ichilov Hospital

Sourasky Medical Center, more commonly known as Ichilov Hospital, is a general hospital in Tel Aviv with more than 1,100 beds. Ichilov’s rehabilitation departments treat some of Israel’s most complex injuries, including many of the civilians and soldiers wounded since October 7. The hospital integrates innovative physical rehabilitation technologies with mental health support and PTSD treatment expertise. Jewish Federations support will allow Ichilov to purchase specialized rehabilitation equipment.

SparkIL

SparkIL https://sparkil.org/ was originally built as a crowd-funding model to attract next generation investors to fund typically micro sized Israeli businesses with zero-cost loans. In the wake of the attack and war, the platform is raising ~$14 million of complementary “institutional” capital to expand its reach and impact, while maintaining the crowdfunding aspect of the model.

Summer Camps Israel

Summer Camps Israel serves a networking and umbrella organization that works to build the field of extended overnight summer camp in Israel supporting operators with capacity grants, subsidized fees, and a forum of learning and sharing of best practices. With Jewish Federations support, they will provide displaced young people with a 3-day winter camp experience.

Sunflowers

Sunflowers provides psychological support for orphans across Israel, aiding 750 families in 30 activity centers across Israel. To address the tragic increase of orphans due to October 7, Sunflowers must scale to support these new orphans. With Jewish Federation’s support, Sunflowers will open additional after school centers in the south to provide orphans with trauma reducing activities in a supportive environment.

Survivors of the Holocaust Emergency Fund (SHEF-IL)

Survivors of the Holocaust Emergency Fund (SHEF-IL) brings together philanthropy (led by the Seed the Dream Foundation and including Jewish Federations), local authorities and Israeli civil society organizations to ensure that the critical needs of Holocaust survivors in Israel are met. The initiative is being piloted in several cities in southern Israel. SHEF-IL will now expand its support to the evacuee communities in the Gaza border region and will also assist elderly residents (over 85) who are not Holocaust survivors.

Tamar

Tamar was founded by care workers from the Arab community with the goal of providing culturally accessible response services for the Bedouin and Arab communities. The organization specializes in developing innovative therapeutic, educational and community responses during routine times as well as times of crisis and war. Since the start of the emergency, Tamar has operated an Arabic mental health hotline, provided emotional support services and psychotherapy, distributed Arabic language materials, and conducted professional trauma training.

Tel Aviv Sexual Assault Crisis Center

The Tel Aviv Sexual Assault Crisis Center is Israel's first and largest center of its kind. It fields more than 12,000 crisis calls annually through its hotlines and provides clinical care and tailored programming for individuals and communities across the spectrum of Israeli society, including IDF and first responders. Since the October 7 attacks, the Center has received a surge of requests from survivors of sexual violence. Jewish Federations' funding ensures that survivors receive the care they need as well as ensures that first responders receive critical training.

Tel Hai College

Tel-Hai College is a growing leader of higher education and scientific inquiry in Israel’s northern Galilee. Set at Israel’s most northern border, it has become a hub that attracts scientists and talented young adults from across Israel and around the world. Tel-Hai has over 4,500 students and was recently approved to become the first university in Galilee, growing as the academic and economic anchor of the region. Tel-Hai's primary campus has been evacuated since the beginning of the war and most of its students are studying online. Jewish Federation support will provide academic support (extra tutoring etc.) for evacuee and reservist students, allow adaption of social work and other practicum programs given the campus evacuation, and support technological infrastructure to enable remote learning.

Tene Briut

Tene Briut is dedicated to advocating for and improving the health of Ethiopian Israelis. For some Ethiopian Israelis, absorption difficulties, communication barriers, and - in some cases - a different cultural understanding of health issues can result in low medical response rates, frustration, and even misdiagnosis. With Jewish Federations' support, Tene Bruit has mobilized to provide mental health and emotional support via their Amharic hotline, mediation and translation services, distribution of emergency communications in Amharic, and specialized care for elderly Ethiopian-Israeli immigrants.

Thank Israeli Soldiers

Thank Israeli Soldiers created the Momentum program in 2008 for elite combat units and officers transitioning from the IDF to civilian life. Soldiers are helped to make that shift through educational and emotional empowerment tools. When Swords of Iron broke out, the IDF Manpower Division approached Momentum and requested they lead an intensive mental health initiative working with the IDF’s Division of Mental Health and the IDF’s Division of Behavioral Sciences. This initiative focuses on combat soldiers who have been exposed to the highest levels of violence and warfare as well as units who will need to come back together in order to complete future missions. It entails screening for PTSD while processing their experiences and building resilience.

The Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yafo

The Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo is a public college with approximately 4,600 undergraduate and graduate students in six schools, including the School of Behavioral Sciences, which comprises the largest and most comprehensive program in Israel for M.A. studies in psychology. The School of Behavioral Sciences houses the Mifrasim Institute for the Study and Teaching of Psychotherapy which specializes in capacity building of mental health professionals in a variety of therapeutic methods and around wide range of psychological conditions. The Mifrasim Institute has launched a dedicated skill and capacity-building program for one thousand therapists in two parallel and complementary training sessions focusing on Primary Mental Health Intervention for Severe Traumatic States and Treatment of Complex Traumatic Grief to increase the number of mental health professionals able to respond to this current moment.

The Foundation for the Welfare of Holocaust Survivors

The Foundation for the Welfare of Holocaust Survivors provides diverse programs and services to Holocaust survivors who require assistance and raise public awareness for their welfare. Jewish Federations are enabling the Foundation to provide survivors with food packages and "Emergency Safe Room Kits" that include emergency lighting, radios, and first aid kits.

The Haifa Association for Immigrants Absorption

The Haifa Association for Immigrants Absorption works with the Haifa municipality to assist, guide, and support all immigrants as well as refugees in the city of Haifa. Large numbers of Ukrainian and Russian immigrants have arrived in the city over the last two years. The Association is providing additional services to new olim (immigrants) who are facing additional challenges due to the ongoing war, as well as additional support for lone soldiers living in the city.

The Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ}

The Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ) is a communal, spiritual, and social Jewish movement. IMPJ will be working with children at risk from the Gaza border area and other frontline areas who have been affected by the emergency; rabbis in areas under fire and throughout the country are providing group and individual counseling; and rabbis and lay leaders will work with those with mental disabilities and other special populations, and it will ensure its staff have the tools to ensure their own resilience while working with traumatized populations. Mechina participants volunteer to run informal education activities for evacuee children and youth in the Tel Aviv area and perform other volunteer roles like supporting families of reservists and cleaning bomb shelters.

The Jerusalem Civilian Command Center

The Jerusalem Civilian Command Center is a coalition of four NGOs created for the emergency to coordinating an extensive volunteer effort to organize housing for families fleeing their homes, critical supplies for soldiers in the field, babysitters for essential workers, clothing and medical supplies, mental health counseling for victims of the war, and many other needs. Jewish Federations is supporting the provision of housing and humanitarian aid for evacuees and additional support for emergency operations.

The Koby Mandell Foundation

The Koby Mandell Foundation helps bereaved mothers, fathers, widows, orphans and siblings who have lost loved ones due to an act of terror and other tragedies to rebuild their lives and create meaning out of suffering. The Foundation runs camps for children and programs for women, couples, and families. The recommended allocation will support therapeutic Healing Retreats for bereaved mothers, fathers, couples, widows, adult siblings, adult orphans, and families.

The Lone Soldier Center in Memory of Michael Levin

The Lone Soldier Center (LSC) was founded in 2009 by a group of former lone soldiers aware and concerned with the needs and struggles of the more than 7,000 lone soldiers serving in the IDF. While many lone soldiers are new immigrants or volunteers from abroad, 47% of lone soldiers are native-born Israelis. These Israeli lone soldiers often come from complicated domestic situations or are estranged from their families, sometimes because of their decision to serve in the IDF. The LSC provides housing options, community building, counseling and guidance, and addresses a wide variety of requests for assistance for soldiers in their regular service and for reservists. Jewish Federations will help the LSC expand their housing assistance options for lone soldiers in need because of the war.

The Masorti Movement

The Masorti Movement is an indigenous effort by Israelis for Israelis to create a pluralistic, egalitarian, inclusive approach to living a Jewish life in Israel. The Masorti movement is housing and supporting hundreds of evacuees at its member communities Hannaton and Ketura, as well as providing support to evacuees across the country. Movement staff are providing a range of pastoral services for the Masorti community in Israel and Conservative communities abroad.

The National Israeli Society for Children and Adults with Autism (ALUT)

ALUT is the leading organization in Israel for diagnosis, treatment, representation, and research in the field of Autism. ALUT's activities focus on three main areas: establishing, operating, and developing services for children and adults with autism and their families; advocating and promoting the rights of children and adults with autism and their families, and promoting new research on autism. During the emergency, ALUT is supporting autistic kindergartners from the Gaza border area who were evacuated to the Dead Sea; training therapists, professionals, and service providers on autism and trauma; and enhancing the resilience of high-functioning young adults on the autism spectrum.

The Next Step

The Next Step provides high-end prosthetic care in the US to Israeli children and adults suffering from limb-loss. Compounding the tragic circumstances of amputees from the October 7 attacks and current war, are the complex and severe nature of some of the amputations, which highlight the urgent need for specialized support systems and rehabilitation services. Israel's prosthetics world is currently lagging tens of years behind the US in the level of care it provides, and that same system is now facing an increased burden that will significantly affect quality of care. Leveraging the clinical expertise of the American system, The Next Step will bridge the prosthetic disparities from Israel's Ministry of Defense by provide prosthetic fittings, establish an Empowerment Center designed to meet the demand for specialized rehabilitation and fitness services exclusively for amputees, and offer comprehensive and advanced training programs to ensure practitioners remain abreast of cutting-edge developments in the field.

The Public Forum

The Public Forum was established to advance boarding school frameworks in Israel. It includes youth villages and Israel's welfare and foster boarding schools. During routine times, the Forum works to provide the optimal response for about 50,000 youth and graduates of youth villages and boarding schools, some of whom do not have any family support. The Forum will provide a small amount of financial support to 1,500 young people who have both been affected by the conflict and do not have any family support.

The Shitim Institute

The Shitim Institute aims to preserve - and rejuvenate - the celebration of the Jewish holidays and culture in ways that are meaningful and relevant to Jews from all walks of life. The Institute will develop and provide pluralistic content for funerals, and materials to help build resilience in schools and kibbutzim.

Tikkun (HaMachanot HaOlim)

Tikkun – A Center for Gathering, Education and Social Change, builds mission-driven groups of educators and establishes educational and community initiatives in Israel’s socio-geographical periphery. Tikkun is led by graduates of the HaMahanot HaOlim youth movement. Each year, over 25,000 children, youth and adults participate in Tikkun programs. Tikkun is providing programming for evacuee youth in hotels across the country and in lesser-known locations where other providers are less prevalent, such as Gidona, Raanana, Nof HaGalil, Haifa, Tiberias, etc.

TOM - Tikkun Olam Makers

TOM - Tikkun Olam Makers - is an Israeli-turned-global venture that creates and disseminates affordable solutions to neglected challenges of people living with disabilities, the elderly, and the poor. This emergency is creating an unprecedented number of wounded civilians and soldiers. TOM is deploying its unique capabilities to early-identify the needs of the wounded; develop a portfolio of online free solutions to help them; and support rehabilitation centers, care organizations and the wounded by delivering these solutions in a timely manner.

Tnufa Bakehila

Tnufa Bakehila rebuilds lives through urgent physical repairs to create safe and respectable living conditions for underprivileged families in Israel, who have been referred by municipal welfare services. These are often physically and mentally disabled people, new immigrants, elderly and Holocaust survivors, single parents, etc. Since the war, Tnufa Bakehila has been repairing and improving bomb shelters across Israel which need extensive professional service. This provides a sense of security and confidence for the residents who share these public and multifamily shelters.

Tzafona Medical Center - Poriya

The brand-new Helmsley Rehabilitation Center at Tzafon Medical Center will provide state-of-the-art services to the residents of the north. Part of a joint initiative with the Ministry of Health and other key anchor institutions in the north, the need for a fully functioning rehabilitation center in northern Israel has only increased since the start of the war. The new center will add 162 rehabilitation beds in both a ward and day center. Three departments are scheduled to open in June. Professional development and leadership training will enable the hospital to recruit excellent professionals and their families to the north, which is the most significant challenge facing the hospital.

Tzofim (Hebrew Scouts Movement in Israel)

The Tzofim, established in 1919, is part of the World Organization of the Scouts Movement and is the first and largest youth movement in Israel. Today, it operates through non-formal educational chapters for fourth through twelfth graders, both secular and religious. The movement has about 90,000 scouts in 241 chapters throughout Israel. With the help of Jewish Federations, the Tzofim will continue their volunteer work in evacuation centers and hospitals and support youth resilience and mental health for members in affected regions.

Tzohar

Tzohar is a socially conscious Modern Orthodox organization working to secure an ethical, inclusive, and united Jewish society in Israel. It provides an array of Jewish lifecycle and religious services, cultivates rabbinic leadership, and influences public policy. In response to the war, and with the support of Jewish Federations, Tzohar's professional, compassionate rabbinic volunteers are providing comfort and guidance to bereaved families, funeral ceremonies and Shiva services, emotional support, and a hotline for halachic questions during wartime and mourning.

United Hatzalah

United Hatzalah is a community-based volunteer emergency medical service (Etv1S) operating across Israel. It has mobilized all 7,000 of its volunteers and dispatched over 120 rescue vehicles to Israel's southern region. With the help of Jewish Federations, United Hatzalah will be able to purchase critical emergency medical supplies to respond to ongoing attacks.

University of Haifa

The Behavioral Neurobiology Lab in the Department of Occupational Therapy is conducting a study to improve treatment strategies for those suffering from PTSD, especially in patients with low rates of response to current treatment approaches.

Upper Galilee Leadership Academy

The Upper Galilee Leadership Academy was founded in 1998 with a spirit of democracy and pioneering and the mission of shaping identity and cultivating young leaders for the Jewish people and Israeli society. The Academy has five residential mechina programs through the Upper Galilee region with 280 current participants. The programs from Maayan Baruch, Amir, and Baram were evacuated from the Lebanon border to other kibbutzim further from the border (Afikim, Kinneret, and Beit Zera). The participants are continuing their programming and volunteering up to six hours a day with informal education, evacuees, elderly, and agriculture. Meanwhile more than 50% of the program staff are serving in reserves, including the CEO and VP. The Academy needs financial assistance to cover costs related to evacuation and war-time activities, including staffing, rent at the new facilities, and emotional support until July 2024.

World ORT

World ORT, a historic Jewish Federations partner, provides STEAM education to thousands of students in close partnership with schools/municipalities throughout Israel's periphery. Jewish Federations will support mental health initiatives for students and teachers and will enable students who are displaced to maintain access to learning opportunities and essential technology.

Yad Sarah

Since its inception in the winter of 1974, Yad Sarah has taken upon itself the challenge to provide comprehensive and supportive health services that allow individuals in need of care to remain at home and in their communities for as long as possible. The medical and rehabilitative equipment lending service allows everyone to take advantage of the best equipment available, without dependence on public medicine. The emergency call center provides around-the-clock supervision, so even the elderly and the sick can remain at home. The home hospital service makes it possible to replace hospitalization and rehabilitation in institutions with home care without compromising on the quality of treatment.

Yanabia

Yanabia is an infrastructure organization that was founded and operates within the Bedouin society to narrow the gaps with Jewish society. Despite their proximity to Gaza, most Bedouin communities in southern Israel have zero or few shelters or safe rooms, which has led to multiple casualties in these areas. Yanabia is working to rapidly install 300 mobile safe rooms across the Bedouin communities.

Yerucham Local Council

The Yerucham Local Council in southern Israel is a former development town that has seen growth in recent years due to transfer of many IDF bases to southern Israel in recent years. The city has taken in 150 families, including 180 children in a variety of hotels, apartments and rental units in its area. The local authority has requested assistance with the many extra expenditures related to hosting the evacuees, specifically around children and families. This has included special activities, ongoing after school programs, and other initiatives for children and adults.

Yozmot Atid

Women-owned small businesses are a crucial pillar in Israel’s social and economic fabric which is threatened due to the economic effects of the war in Gaza.  These women owners are especially vulnerable in times of war and social disruption – among them are many single mothers and families for whom the business is the main or sole source of income.  Yozmot Atid works to reduce socioeconomic gaps by leveraging the power of women, providing them with comprehensive support and training to start and grow their own businesses.  Thousands of women from all parts of Israeli society have benefited from training and support provided by the organization.  This emergency grant will assist 260 women micro-business owners manage through the crisis.

Zaka

ZAKA (the Hebrew acronym for Disaster Victim Identification) is Israel's dominant non-governmental rescue and recovery organization, with over 3,000 volunteers. ZAKA has sole responsibility in Israel for dealing with incidents of unnatural death and works in close cooperation with all the emergency services and security forces. After the terrible terror attack, Zaka volunteers have been tending to the honor of the more than 1,200 deceased. Jewish Federations will help supply critical equipment and supplies to aid ZAKA to enable it to continue its difficult mission.

 

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American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

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Since 1929, JAFI has worked to facilitate global Aliyah, ensure global Jewish safety, strengthen Jewish identity and connect Jews to Israel and one another, and convey the voice of the Jewish People to the State of Israel to help shape its society. JAFI's Fund for Victims of Terror has been providing immediate, critical financial aid to victims and their families.
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World ORT

Since its establishment in 1880, World ORT is now in more than 30 countries, transforming lives through education driven by Jewish values and innovation that empowers people and strengthens communities. Now, World ORT helps students process the trauma they are experiencing and build resistance to the horrors of terrorism and war.
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