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How We Are Helping In Israel

Our Federation immediately mobilized to send urgent help directly to thousands of Israelis in dire need. Your support is critical. We are continually allocating emergency funds to the people suffering unimaginable and incomprehensible horrors at the hands of Hamas. We are doing this in two ways, (1) Our Federation is working closely with our Israel office to identify immediate, mid- and long-term needs on the ground and making direct allocations to select partner organizations, and (2) our Federation, in partnership with the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), is allocating funds directly to over 300 organizations in Israel to provide lifesaving assistance to those who need it most.

Jewish Federation Los Angeles – Direct Allocations

We have allocated $3,216,000 to support frontline communities who were living near the Gaza border and the Lebanese border and who have been evacuated. Now housed in hotels and hostels throughout the country, these communities are physically safe but lack basic services and frameworks that will enable them to resume daily functioning. We are addressing these gaps through our initial round of allocations detailed below.  

We are providing pop-up schools, temporary classrooms, informal educational activities including helping 4,000 evacuated teens in Eilat, trauma counseling, and computers for over 1,300 displaced children and teens from eight frontline communities. Helping children resume school with their friends provides some sense of normalcy and comfort during this difficult time. Our Federation has made allocations to the following organizations:  

Hotam: $750,000 – Hotam works across Israel’s education system and in close collaboration with Israel’s Ministry of Education to provide education support to low-income students. They are helping five evacuated communities from the south by providing pop-up schools, teachers, psychologists, informal educational activities, equipment, and transportation.  

Mitchashvim: $600,000 – Mitchashvim empowers social mobility and equal opportunities of at-risk youth. They are providing computers for children who lack access for remote learning. 

Dror Israel: $500,000 – Dror Israel supports the education needs of communities on the social and economic periphery. They have established temporary schools in four hotels in Eilat helping kindergarten, middle and high school students with educational support, teachers, tents, equipment and informal activities for teens.  

Branco Weiss: $250,000 – Branco Weiss is an educational organization that works for social change by establishing the connection between the difficult life circumstance of young people living in the geographical and social periphery in Israel.  

Unistream: $157,000 – Unistream is a core Federation partner that transforms the lives of thousands of at-risk youth from diverse sectors of Israeli society by providing them with professional, entrepreneurial and life skills that will ensure their future success. Funds will provide informal educational activities for 4,000 evacuated teens in Eilat. 

Israel Trauma Coalition: $82,000 – The Israel Trauma Coalition (ITC), is a core Federation partner that is the cornerstone in the national treatment of trauma and emergency preparedness in Israel. Emergency funds will provide family trauma care and healing sessions for one month in Jerusalem, Eilat, and Ashekelon.  

Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council: $477,000 – Our Federation is partnering with Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council to address mid-term and longer-term recovery needs as detailed below: 

$162,000 for 2 months of “after school” activities for evacuated children and teens. 

$270,000 for 1 month of programs for at-risk youth at evacuation hotels/sites for every community. 

$45,000 for the distribution of menorahs and candles to the region’s 3,200 families with a message of solidarity and support from the Federation and the L.A. Jewish Community Resilience. 

We have allocated funds to several municipalities to replenish supplies, equipment, and security gear in the wake of the Hamas attack and in the anticipation of the next wave from the north.  In total, 850 shelters have been restored and we are helping to restore an additional 400 shelters in buildings and complexes in older and poorer neighborhoods. Allocations include: 

Osim Shechunah: $400,000 – Osim Schechuna is a social and Zionist movement dedicated to the physical and social revitalization of distressed neighborhoods in Israel. 

Jewish Federation Los Angeles, in partnership with the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) – Collective Allocations

As of December 13th, $265,766,533 is on the ground in Israel.  

Here are the ways your funds are helping. 

We are helping support survivors and families whose loved ones have been brutally murdered, injured, or kidnapped by Hamas. Victims received personalized trauma care and emergency grants and will continue to receive rehabilitative support for years to come. A total of 4,620 victims have received emergency grants.  

Jewish Agency for Israel: $17,000,000 The Jewish Agency, a longtime, core Federation partner, supports immigrants in Israel, ensures global Jewish safety, strengthens Jewish identity, and connects Jews to Israel and one another. 

Families and individuals directly impacted by the war, including frail elderly, homebound individuals, and soldiers have been given food, clean water, and lifesaving medications. A total of 238,000 hot meals have been served in at-risk communities and over 48,0000 food packages delivered. We are additionally providing wellbeing support, bereavement counseling, and funds to help bury loved ones. 

Brothers and Sisters for Israel: $600,000 – Brothers and Sisters for Israel is the largest aid organization in Israel and is mobilizing critical resources for families displaced by the war. 

Eshel Chabad: $881,250 – 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.  

Leket: $500,000 Leket Israel is the leading food rescue organization in Israel.  

LATET: $480,000 – Latet (“To Give”) is a leading non-profit combating poverty and food insecurity across Israel. 

Additional allocations have been made to: Association for the Wellbeing of Israeli Soldiers, Chesed Chaim V’Emet, Early Starters International, HaOgen, Hartman Institute, Hostages and Missing Families Forum, Machon Shitim, Masorti Movement, The Jerusalem Civilian Command Center, Mitchashvim/2B.Friendly, Paamonim, Pitchon-Lev, The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), SAHI-Special Hesed Unit, Sapir College, Schechter Institute, Summer Camps Israel, Tzohar Rabbincal Organization 

Individuals and families living in the direct line of fire have been safely evacuated and given temporary housing, increased security, culturally sensitive social services support, and childcare. Over 2,000 kits for entertaining children have been distributed to shelters and evacuee hotels. 

Block grants to NGOs in impacted areas of Ashkelon, Eshkol, Hof Ashkelon, Merchavim, Netivot, Ofakim, Shaar HaNegev, Sdot Negev, and Sderot: $7,250,000 

Jewish Agency for Israel: $1,960,000  

Israel Association of Community Centers (IACC): $1,346,400 IACC builds strong and sustainable local communities across Israel through the operation of 1,000 community centers. 

Osim Shechuna: $500,000 

Brothers and Sisters for Israel: $1,200,000 

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC): $900,000 

Additional allocations have been made to: Akko, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Appleseeds, Atidim, Ayalim, Be’er Sheva, Birthright Israel, Bnei Akiva Yeshinvot and Ulpanot Center, Brothers and Sisters for Israel, Dimona, Dror Israel, Eilat, Eshkol, Givat Havvia – The Center for a Shared Society, Golan, Haifa, Hashomer Hatzair and Tzedek Centers, HeHalutz, Hatzor HaGililit, HeHalutz, Hevel Eilot, Hof Ashkelon, Hof Hagalil, Hotam, Jaffa Institute, JDC, Jerusalem, Jerusalem College of Technology, Jewish Agency for Israel, Jezreel Valley, Jordan Valley, Karmiel & Misgav, Kryat Gat – Lachish-Shafir, Kryat Malachi, Kyrat Shmona, Latet, Lower Galilee, Ma’ale Yosef, Ma’ase Center, Maccabi World Union, Masa Israeli, Matte Asher, Merchavim, Merom HaGalil, Metula, Mevo’ot HaHermon, Nahariya, Netivot, Neve Eshkol, NGOs in Frontline Local Municipalities/Regional Councils, Ofakim, Ohr Torah Stone, Osim Shechuna, Ramat HaNegev, Rosh Pina, Sderot, Sdot Negev, Sha’ar HaNegev, Shahaf Foundation, Sheatufim/Zionism 2000, Shlomi, Shoresh Fund, The Masorti Movement, Tiberius, Upper Galilee, World ORT, Yad Sarah 

Victims of terror, first responders, Lone Soldiers (soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces with no family in Israel), people who have been injured and families whose relatives were murdered or kidnapped are receiving ongoing trauma care. Trauma experts have answered over 30,000 calls to the emotional support hotline, provided thousands of victims with emotional first aid interventions, and nearly 2,000 first responders received trauma therapy. 

Community Stress Prevention Centre (CSPC) – Mashabim: $400,000 – CSPC is the oldest organization in Israel that deals with the treatment and prevention of trauma. 

Israel Trauma Coalition (ITC): $2,600,000 ITC is the cornerstone in the national treatment of trauma and emergency preparedness in Israel. ITC operates 12 resiliency centers, mostly near the Gaza border, using a unique model that provides a seamless response along the continuum between emergency preparedness, emergency, and recovery. 

NATAL: $250,000 – NATAL is a trauma relief organization in Israel.  

Sapir College: $500,000 

Additional allocations have been made to: Abarbanel Mental Health Center, Ad’ar, AMEN – The Land Where Women Heal, Beer Sheva Mental Health Center, Center for Media and Democracy, Community Stress Prevention Centre (SDPC) – Mashabim, Counseling Center for Women, Geha Israel Association for Children Protection, Israel Center on Addiction & Mental Health, Israel Trauma Coalition, Mental Health Center, Lev Hasharon Mental Health Center, Maale Carmel Mental Health Center, Mazor Mental Health Center, Merchavim Mental Health Center, MOSHE, NATAL, Nefesh B’Nefesh, Shaar Menashe Health Center, Shalvata Mental Health Center, Sapir College, Schecter College, The Jerusalem Center for Mental Health, The Masorti Movement, Nefesh B’Nefesh, The Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism (IMPJ), The Jerusalem Center for Mental Health, World ORT 

The most vulnerable Israelis including young children, the elderly, people with diverse disabilities, marginalized populations (the ultra-Orthodox and Bedouin communities), and caregivers are receiving the specialized assistance to help cope with the devastating loss, pain, and suffering. Food and hygiene boxes were distributed to nearly 2,000 Holocaust survivors.  

Jewish Agency for Israel: $2,750,000 

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC): $3,150,000 

Yanabia: $400,000 – Yanabia was established to help the Negev Bedouins become the growth engine of the Negev and to take their rightful place in Israeli society. 

Additional allocations have been made to: Access Israel, AJEEC-NISPED, AKIM, Al-Baqour, ALEH, ASSAF/Physicians for Human Rights Israel, Association of Ethiopian Jews, Association of Rape Crisis Centers, Beit Issie Shapiro, Center for International Migration and Integration, Chimes Israel, Eden Association, ELEM/Youth in Distress in Israel, Etgarim, Ethiopian National Project, Foundation for the Welfare of Holocaust Survivors, Gumat Chen Boarding School, HaBal Sheli, Israel Gay Youth, Israel Elwyn, Israel Trauma Coalition, Israeli National Council for the Child,  Jordan River Village, Kivinum, Krembo Wings, LGBTQ+ united appeal (Jerusalem Open House), Nirim, Olim Beyahad, Organization for Terror Victims, Orr Shalom, OTI – The Israeli Autism Association, Project Kesher, Regional Council for Unrecognized Arab Villages in the Negev, SAHI- Special Hesed Unit, Schecter Institute, Shalva, Simcha La Yeled, Sunflowers, Survivors of the Holocaust Emergency Fund (SHEF-IL) Tel Aviv Sexual Assault Crisis Center, Tene Briut The Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism, The Lone Soldier in Memory of Michael Levin, The National Israeli Society for Children and Adults with Autism (ALUT), The Public Forum 

Frontline hospitals and medical aid organizations are receiving vital medical supplies, equipment, and support to bolster their capacity to treat those experiencing critical injuries threatening life or limbs. 22 tons of medical supplies and humanitarian aid used for emergency medical care. 

Allocations have been made to nearly 40 hospitals, medical centers, and emergency medical organizations including: ADI Negev Rehabilitation Hospital, Assuta Hospital, Barzilai Medical Center, Soroka Medical Center, Assuta Hospital, Bnai Zion Hospital, Galilee Medical Center, Hadassah Medical Organization, Herzog Hospital, Hillel Yaffe Medical Center. Ichilov Hospital Sourasky Medical Center, Italian Hospital Haifa, Kaplan Hospital Rehovot, Laniado Hospital, Loewenstein Rehabilitation Hospital, Mayanei HaYeshua Medical Center, Natan, Nazareth Hospital, Poriya Tzafon Medical Center, Rabin Medical Center, Rambam Medical Center, Reuth Rehabilitation Hospital, Schneider Children’s Medical Center, Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Shamir Medical Center (Asaf Harofeh), Sheba Medical Center Tel Hashomer, St. Vincent’s Hospital, TOM – Tikkun Olam Makers, Wolfson Medical Center, Yad Sarah, Yoseftal Hospital, Ziv Medical Center, Emek Medical Center Afula, Magen David Adom, United Hatzalah: ZAKA, Emergency Volunteer Project. 

Organizations have been provided with support to strengthen coordination and emergency response efforts. 

Allocations have been made to: Economic Empowerment for Women, Emergency Volunteers Program, The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), Jewish Agency for Israel, Jerusalem Civilian Command Center, Jewish Funders Network / Forum of Foundations, Shinua Hevrati, The Masorti Movement, Yad Sarah. 

Israelis are uniting to care for one another during this crisis. Volunteer organizations are being supported in their mission to aid evacuees, special populations, frontline communities, and others responding to the crisis. Nearly 110,000 volunteers mobilized to fulfill medical and food insecurity needs in Israel. 

Amindadav: $150,000 – Amindadav supports army-age religious women by placing them in volunteer positions throughout Israel.  

HaShomer Hachadash: $300,000 – HaShomer HaHadash is a Zionist social-educational organization established with the goal of assisting farmers and ranchers as well as strengthening the Jewish people’s connections to the Land of Israel, Jewish values, and Zionist identity. In response to the agricultural crisis currently unfolding because of the war, HaShomer HaChadash is recruiting and deploying thousands of volunteers to assist hundreds of farmers in saving their crops and getting the produce into the market 

Hebrew Scouts Movement in Israel (Tzofim): $150,000 – The Tzofim, established in 1919, is part of the World Organization of the Scouts Movement and is the first and largest youth movement in Israel. With the help of Jewish Federations, the Tzofim will continue their volunteer work in evacuation centers and hospitals and support youth resilience and mental health for members in affected regions. 

The Israeli Volunteering Council: $200,000 The Israeli Volunteering Council promotes volunteering in cooperation with government ministries, local authorities, NGOs, and the business sector in Israel and around the world. 

The Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ): $50,000 – 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. Mechina participants volunteer to run informal education activities for evacuee children and youth in the Tel Aviv area and perform other volunteer roles like supporting families of reservists and cleaning bomb shelters. 

Joint Council of Pre-Military Academies in Israel: $375,000 – The Joint Council of Mechinot (Pre-Military Leadership Academies) is the representative organization of all fifty-four mechinot in Israel. The mission of the council is to help all these institutions, whether oriented toward the secular, traditional, or Orthodox population, turn their common educational vision into practical reality. The Council has been organizing for the mechina participants across the country to volunteer where they are most needed in areas ranging from agriculture, informal education, assisting the elderly and other special populations, refurbishing shelters, among many others. 

Leket: $500,000 

We are supporting interventions to bolster economic recovery. 

Israel Emergency Loan Fund: $25,000,000 – The Jewish Federations Israel Emergency Loan Fund will address Israel’s largescale impending economic crisis stemming from the critical liquidity issues faced by tens of thousands of businesses amid the war. Through allocations to fully vetted existing loan platforms, the Loan Fund will deliver capital quickly and at scale across regions, sectors, and industries.  Philanthropic capital will absorb losses and support discounted borrowing rates, allowing the loan platforms to access leverage from banks and insurance companies to provide small and medium business loans at a total value of 3-5 times the value of capital allocated by the Loan Fund.