Your Israel Impact
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1,1876 Pittsburghers have raised $7.055 million for Israel.
$406,000 is already hard at work in our Partnership2Gether region supporting critical needs. In borth 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 →
Thanks to the network of Jewish Federations throughout North America, we've collectively raised $678,596,213 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 already hard at work in Israel, meeting the most urgent needs.
Collective Allocations By Needs
As of November 29, 2023
Our Global Partners
Our three partners on the ground in Israel, ensure your donations make the biggest impact.
Jewish Agency for IsraelSince 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 ORTSince 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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Examples of Where Funds Are Going
Fund for Victims of Terror: $17,000,000
Immediate cash grants distributed by the Jewish Agency for Israel to families and individuals who have been impacted by acts of terror and violence, for post-trauma care, etc.
Trauma Relief & Mental Health: $6,028,045
Israel Trauma Coalition (ITC): $5,465,100
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 12 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.
Nefesh B'Nefesh: $80,000
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.
Emergency Medical Services & Healthcare: $10,930,000
United Hatzalah: $300,000
United Hatzalah is a community-based volunteer emergency medical service (EMS) 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.
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.
Barzilai Medical Center: $750,000
Barzilai Medical Center, a 703-bed hospital, serves the city of Ashkelon, its environs, and the Gaza border region. Located approximately 10 km from Gaza, Barzilai has suffered multiple rocket attacks. As the closest hospital to the Gaza border area, the hospital was flooded with wounded after the horrendous terror attack. Jewish Federations will support the purchase of critical medical equipment and supplies.
Magen David Adom: $3,455,100
Magen David Adom (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, MDA’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.
Basic Needs: $4,754,360
Eshel Chabad: $450,000
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.
Hostages and Missing Families Forum: $250,000
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.
Evacuation, Housing, Respite, Support for Frontline Communities: $16,311,900
World ORT: $150,000
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.
Brothers and Sisters for Israel: $700,000
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 100% 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.
Givat Haviva – The Center for a Shared Society: $100,000
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.
Special Populations: $8,053,150
The Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ): $75,000
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.
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.
Foundation for the Welfare of Holocaust Survivors: $150,000
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.
Shalva 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. Shalva has taken in 100 evacuees from an institution for youth-at-risk and with Jewish Federations' support, will provide for all their needs during the stay. See how Shalva's work has transformed during this crisis.
Tel Aviv Sexual Assault Crisis Center: $130,000
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.
Local Efforts & Volunteers: $350,000
Enhance capacity and provide operational support to evacuees, special populations, frontline communities, and those responding to the crisis through the Israeli Volunteering Council.
Emergency Operational Support: $2,063,000
Emergency Volunteer Program (EVP): $250,000
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. Pittsburgh's Federation contributed $20,000 of this funding to send eight Pittsburgh area doctors to volunteer in Israeli hospitals.
Yad Sarah: $300,000
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.