In one of the darkest moments of Israel’s history, Jewish Federations of North America launched a campaign to support victims of terror and address the immense levels of trauma caused by this horrific attack. Every local Jewish Federation has been raising funds to collectively provide for the urgent needs of the people, families, and communities impacted. The Jewish Federation of Madison has set a goal to raise $694,000. 100% of the funds raised go directly to the emergency. Please consider a one-time gift.
Jewish Federations have identified the following urgent priority needs requiring our immediate collective assistance:
Jewish Federation of Madison's support through our Annual Tzedakah Campaign makes it possible for our primary partners, The Jewish Agency for Israel, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), and World ORT to respond immediately when emergencies like this take place. Our emergency fund is directing additional resources for this critical moment.
As of 2/23/24, Jewish Federations have raised over $783M allocated over $375M to a wide range of humanitarian organizations and NGOs providing emergency relief and support in Israel, including The Jewish Agency for Israel, JDC, World ORT, Israel Trauma Coalition, United Hatzalah, Magen David Adom, ZAKA, Chabad, and over a dozen hospitals and medical organizations.
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#BlueRibbonsforIsrael is a unity campaign in support of the safe return of the hostages taken by Hamas terrorists in Israel launched by Jewish Federations of North America and 50 partner organizations. It symbolizes solidarity with the hostages, their families, and all who care about their safety. Are you wearing your ribbon? To pick one up, join us at upcoming Jewish Federation of Madison events or check with your affiliated local synagogue or Jewish organization.
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Write to Lone Soldiers
Send a personal message of gratitude to an IDF Lone Soldier currently serving in the IDF. You can upload a photo or even a video! All messages are sent directly to Lone Soldiers through The Lone Soldier Project™ of The Israel Forever Foundation. See Details >
Send Messages of Support to Israelis
Jewish Federations of North America and Birthright Israel Foundation are collecting messages of hope, love and encouragement for our brothers and sisters on the frontlines. Now, more than ever, our friends and family in Israel need your support. See Details >
Get matched with IDF soldiers fighting terrorism, the wounded and Israelis in danger, to pray and do good deeds in their merit.See Details >
Seeking Mental Health Professionals to Volunteer in Israel
Second Line was formed in the aftermath of the October 7, 2023 attack on Israel in collaboration with the Israel Ministry of Health and the Israel Trauma Coalition, supported by the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and Birthright, and is focused on the global recruitment and deployment of mental healthcare professionals to travel to Israel or to volunteer remotely to provide individual and group care to affected individuals, families, and local mental healthcare professionals working on the ground in Israel.
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Volunteer in Israel with Taglit Birthright Israel
Two week tracks for 18-40 years old with the Onward Volunteer Program. Volunteering options include taking part in food rescue operations to prevent shortages in the Israeli market or sorting, packing and distributing goods for civil and military personnel.
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Masa Israel Journey has launched Masa Volunteers, a six-week program offering various opportunities to volunteer in Israel.
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Sar-El, The National Project for Volunteers for Israel, runs programs for volunteers on Israel Defense Force bases, focusing on logistical support.
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Israeli Ex Pat Volunteers
In an exceptional move reflecting the important role volunteers are playing in the current crisis, Israel’s National Insurance Institute (the equivalent of America’s Social Security Administration) has announced that it will provide insurance for Israeli ex pat volunteers who wish to volunteer.
At present, there are only very limited opportunities open to foreign volunteers. Jewish Federations’ Israel office is currently working to identify potential placements and will update if there are meaningful ways to contribute for those who wish to come help.
As of now, Israel is not experiencing a shortage of medical professionals due to the conflict. In the event of further strains on the health system, Nefesh B’Nefesh, in partnership with the Ministry of Health, will activate to bring people to Israel. They are actively collecting names of doctors who would be willing to volunteer should the need arise.
Nurses and paramedics from abroad looking to volunteer can visit the Ministry of Health website and submit their information there.
Urge Elected Officials to Stand With Israel
Please urge your elected officials at the federal, state, and local level to speak out and make a clear and unequivocal statement in support for our ally Israel and its right to defend itself. You can also sign this action alert to thank your elected officials for their support.
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Jews of Color Take Action: Support Jewish Communal Security in the Supplemental Budget
Please urge your federal elected officials to take action to support Jews of Color in the U.S. and Israel by passing the Supplemental Budget Request and supporting $14.3 Billion in Emergency Assistance to Israel, Increased Funding for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP), and $61.4 Billion in Emergency Assistance to Ukraine.
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My Home Is Your Home
The World Zionist Organization (WZO) has launched a campaign whereby non-Israelis who own homes in Israel can allow those properties to be used by victims who have lost their residences, as well as families evacuated from the south. The WZO will take responsibility to ensure that the properties are returned to their owners in the condition in which they were given.
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Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2023
Location: National Mall
Over 290,000 people attended and 250,000 watched online, making this event the largest Jewish gathering in US history.
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As parents, educators, and caregivers, we are all still processing the horrific attack on Israel ourselves, yet we also need to be present for our children so that we can answer the questions they’re likely to have about the ongoing tragedy. Below are a few resources from experts to support anyone having these challenging conversations with kids and help advise us on having meaningful, age-appropriate discussions around this awful situation.
The Jewish Education Project
How to Talk to Children About Israel Today (recorded webinar)
About the Map of Israel
Mental Health Professionals
Jenna Shapiro, Ph.D., Pediatric Psychologist, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
How to Support Children with Israel and Operation Swords of Iron
Social Media Safety (10/11/23)
It is currently recommended that children's access to any social media content with video or short form video be restricted for the time being. As we're sure many of you have also experienced the last few days, social media feeds are being saturated with reposts and live videos taken by terrorists committing heinous acts against women, children, and civilians. There is a real risk that you or your children may unintentionally see something that could be harmful to your psychological well-being. Please take care.
Support for Community Members
If you would like a space to process please contact Jewish Social Services (JSS), (608) 442-4081 or firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will get back to you.
Support on Campus
Students on the UW-Madison campus in need of support can contact UW Hillel at (608) 256-8361, email@example.com or visit UW Hillel resource webpage or contact Chabad at UW at (608) 257-1757 or email.
Connecting with Relatives in Israel
If you need assistance locating or connecting with relatives in Israel, please contact Jewish Federation of Madison's executive director Alan Klugman at (608) 442-4070 or firstname.lastname@example.org or office manager Kaite Batina at (608) 442-4061 or email@example.com.
On October 7, 2023, during the holidays of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah, Hamas terrorists launched an unprecedented attack on Israel from Gaza, firing thousands of rockets, breaching the country’s borders, infiltrating Israeli communities, killing and wounding Israelis, and taking civilians hostage. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened the cabinet to declare that Israel was at war to defend itself.
Updates on the War in Israel, Mondays, 7 PM, Zoom
Jewish Federation of Madison executive director, Alan Klugman, will share an update with our Madison community on Zoom, providing the latest information from briefings with Jewish Federations of North America leadership earlier in the day.
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Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI) Analysis, Sunday-Thursday, 10 AM, Zoom
The Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI) is providing daily in-depth and inside analysis, sponsored by Jewish Federations and the Jewish Agency. A rotating team of top analysts of Israeli military affairs, the US-Israel relationship, Israel’s political system and the country’s diverse society. Join here.
The 10/7 Project is led by the American Jewish Committee (AJC), the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), ADL (the Anti-Defamation League), the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. The 10/7 Project is designed to promote continued U.S. bipartisan support for Israel by working to ensure more complete and accurate information about the Israel-Hamas war in real time for policymakers and the American public.
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INSS (The Institute for National Security Studies)
The Data Analytics Desk at the INSS provides accurate and updated data during the Swords of Iron War, covering information on the Israeli internal front, the Gazan and Northern fronts, the West Bank, and the international arena.
The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center: Details about the home front and military operations in The Iron Swords War in the south of Israel.
Unpacked for Educators: Understanding the present depends on a deep understanding of the past. Videos, podcast, and articles for unpacking the War in Israel, Hamas and Gaza, and more.
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UpNorthNews | November 6, 2023
Jewish Wisconsinites react to the concerning rise in antisemitic attacks
NBC15/WMTV | October 19, 2023
Israeli, Palestinian Madisonians react to Biden's decision to send aid to Israel
Wisconsin Public Radio | October 19, 2023
Wisconsinites with ties to Israel, Palestine feel unease and frustration over rhetoric around war
Wisconsin State Journal | October 11, 2023
'We are all frightened and horror-struck,' says Madison rabbi with family in Israel
Channel 3000 | October 10, 2023
'There's nowhere that's really safe': Israeli citizens, local family members share life during conflict
NBC15/WMTV | October 9, 2023
Madison Jewish leaders pray for peace, comfort at vigil Sunday night
NBC15/WMTV | October 8, 2023
Vigil in Madison planned for Sunday amid Israel unrest, police ramps up patrol
University of Wisconsin-Madison News | October 11, 2023
A message from Chancellor Mnookin on the tragic events in Israel and the Palestinian Territories
The Wisconsin State Assembly voted 95-0 on October 12 to pass Assembly Joint Resolution 82, condemning Hamas' barbaric attack against Israel.
The Senate voted 32-0 on October 17 to pass Assembly Joint Resolution 82, condemning Hamas’ attack on Israel.
Unity in Crisis: Emergency Leadership Mission for Israel | October 17, 2023
Leaders from across the Jewish community gathered to advocate with and hear from Congressional and Administration leadership. Speakers included Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, as well as a survivor of the massacre at the Nova Music Festival. Watch Video >