As we witness daily on all forms of media, Israel is once again engaged in a very difficult and important struggle with Hamas. Hamas' upgraded military capabilities put the vast majority of Israel's population within range of rocket fire. Over the course of the past month, more than 1,000 rockets have been fired from Gaza into Israel, targeting civilian populated areas. In just the past three days, more than 300 such missile attacks have occurred.
During these frightening and life-threatening times, our international partners, the Jewish Agency for Israel and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, are working round the clock providing what is literally life-saving services to the residents in the southern part of Israel.
The cost for the initial two weeks will be $10 million.
Our Federation will participate, along with all other Federations, in the effort to raise at least $10 million. Our goal is to raise $30,000 over these next two weeks. During every time of hostility or need, in virtually every town in Israel, every day, you will find a piece of Federation at work, helping those who need it the most.
We encourage all members of our community to participate. Please donate as much as you can. You may mail in checks made payable to the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville (see address below) and note that this is for the July Emergency Campaign Effort. You may donate via phone by calling 904-448-5000 ext. 209. If you prefer to donate online, please visit our website, www.jewishjacksonville.org or CLICK HERE.
It is possible, should this struggle continue for a prolonged period of time, that we will come back to you for more help.
Thank you very much.
Hal Resnick, President
Sandy Zimmerman, Campaign Chair
Alan Margolies, Executive Director