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Last week, the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) Emergency Response Allocations Committee for Operation Protective Edge authorized nearly $5 million in initial aid for our partner agencies in Israel to defray the costs of increased demand for programs and services during the first week of the hostilities. At the beginning of this week, the Committee met again, and allocated an additional $3.5 million to support the continuation of those services and fund additional services now in demand.
How Will the Resources Be Used… Below is a summary of the monies distributed to date, as well as a snapshot of the types and reach of the programs they support.
JULY 23, 2014
Immediate Relief from the Line of Fire for More than 45,000 Children
Federation dollars allocated in this emergency campaign already helped 20,000 children last week. But the needs persist and are growing every day.
For the price of dinner for two—$53—we can provide a critical day of relief for children living closest to the line of fire. A day away in summer camps, youth villages and enrichment classes from the front lines is more than a day in the country. It is a respite from the confines of the indoor playgrounds that, for more than 13 years, have become their “normal” play spaces.
Other programs provide enrichment classes for teens and activities kits to distract children confined to shelters as sirens blare outside.
Partners: The Jewish Agency for Israel, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, World ORT, Ethiopian National Project, Israel Movement for Reform & Progressive Judaism and Masorti Movement
Additional Help for 20,000 of Israel’s Most Vulnerable Citizens
In normal times, Federation-supported senior centers provide thousands of seniors living in poverty — many of them Holocaust survivors — with food and comfort. Today, it’s too dangerous for them to travel, and many are living within the walls of their apartment bunkers.
Our partners are deploying more caseworkers to bring food, medicine and comfort to the elderly — and other vulnerable groups like the disabled — in their homes. Crews are also installing equipment, such as air conditioners, to make them more comfortable, and Internet connections to give them access to the outside world.
Partners: The Jewish Agency for Israel, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
Expanded Trauma Support for 15,000 Israelis
When sirens blare, tens of thousands of Israelis take cover. But when the all-clear sounds, many continue to suffer from trauma that may not be as visible as a physical injury, but is just as real. Partner programs are providing psychological assistance to help 15,000 civilians and first responders weather the current storm.
Program costs range from $1,200 to $3,600 a patient. But that just covers immediate support — counseling right now. Needs are likely to grow.
In addition, demands on help hotlines are up dramatically. These funds also enable a significant expansion of those services.
Partners: Israel Trauma Coalition, The Jewish Agency for Israel, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and Masorti Movement
Flexible Assistance for 13 Communities Hit Hardest by the Conflict
Local municipalities are at the forefront of managing community services and responses to attacks. Targeted local assistance helps bridge the gap between government aid and needs, enhancing the resilience of individual communities.
Partners: JFNA, along with Federation representatives in Israel
PREVIOUS REPORTS FROM JFNA ON USE OF EMERGENCY FUNDS:
JULY 15, 2014
Relief from the Line of Fire for 20,000 Children This Week
For the tens of thousands of children who live within 25 miles of Gaza, the current situation is not a flare-up. They have spent the last 13 years under fire. Our partner agencies are teaming up to provide them with much-needed time away in summer camps and youth villages far from the line of fire.
Help for 20,000 of Israel’s Most Vulnerable Citizens
Trauma Support for 12,000 Israelis
Flexible Assistance for 10 Communities Hit Hardest by the Conflict
Local municipalities are at the forefront of managing community services and responses to attacks. Federation has deep partnerships with these cities, and targeted local assistance helps bridge the gap between government aid and needs, enhancing the resilience of their populations.