The phenomenon of “kite arson” from Gaza has emerged over the past three months as an increasingly serious threat in Israel’s south. The new Palestinian tactic has already caused significant damage, even as responses to the problem are evolving.
JFNA's Israel office has prepared a briefing document for you that includes assessment of damage, video footage of the fires, Israeli response to the attacks, and how our Federation-supported partners are helping residents of the South build resilience even as they continue to live in a state of "routine emergency."
Wishing our Israeli sisters and brothers a quite evening,
David J. Butler
Chair, Israel and Overseas Committee
ISRAEL AND OVERSEAS
The JFNA Israel office in Jerusalem represents the Federation movement in Israel, serves as the main Federation connection to the Israeli government and liaises with Federation-funded partner agencies working in Israel and around the world. The office provides Federations with the latest information and policy analysis of relevant issues and critical information that guides our overseas work and investments. It also supports missions that help inspire and inform Federation leaders about the movement’s work abroad. The offices also connects Israeli leaders and government officials with the North American community, deepening their awareness and knowledge of its breadth and depth. View Hebrew directory of North American Jewish organizations.
The Federation portfolio in Israel is widespread and diverse. It includes working with our partners to ensure that every Jew who wants to live in Israel can, funding programs that help provide equal access to economic and educational opportunities, and supporting initiatives that encourage religious diversity and social equality.
JFNA’s Jerusalem office is also Federations’ hub for supporting Jews around the world. Our network provides critical humanitarian and economic assistance in times of crisis, from the 2014 conflict with Gaza that threatened millions of Israelis to the ongoing strife in Ukraine that’s affected tens of thousands of Jews. Federation also plays an important ongoing role in providing an array of life-sustaining services to needy elderly and vulnerable jews while supporting the revitalization of Jewish life, especially in communities in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union that were decimated by the Holocaust and driven underground by Communism. Our partners fund camps, community centers and educational and leadership development programs that support a renaissance of global Jewish life.
For more information on JFNA’s work in Israel and overseas, please contact our Israel office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 011-972-2-620-2020.