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As a member of Jewish Federations of North America, Shalom Austin together with the Greater Austin Jewish community stands with Israel. Now, more than ever, it is critical that we come together and publicly display our love and support of Israel and the people who live there.
In the days and weeks ahead, Shalom Austin, along with our community partners, will continue to communicate on the ways in which you can help show support for our brothers and sisters in Israel as well as our Israeli community here in Greater Austin.
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Our Israeli Brothers and Sisters Need Our Help
We are extremely honored to announce a leadership match of $1.8 million dollars from Michael & Susan Dell and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. They are generously and urgently challenging our community to raise beyond the original $1.4 million goal.
All gifts will be matched by the Dells dollar for dollar so your impact will be doubled.
Jewish Federations are responding, working with our core partners to support victims of terror, help rebuild damaged infrastructure, and address the unprecedent levels of trauma caused by this horrific attack.
100% of your donation will be given directly to Israel to support immediate and urgent needs, such as:
- Medical care
- Emergency services
- Supporting victims of terror
- Trauma relief and psychological support
- Preparing for medium and long-term needs
Your donation will be combined with the gifts of your neighbors and friends and will help provide urgently needed assistance in this time of need. When collective action is needed, Jewish Federations are there. Thank you for the important role you play in our community.
To view a comprehensive report of the initial allocations from Jewish Federations of North America, please click here.
More Ways to Help – Support Israeli Families in Austin
Israeli families are arriving in Austin for refuge during this difficult time. Shalom Austin Jewish Family Service (JFS) is welcoming these individuals and families and ensuring they can find affordable homes during their time here, as well as food and clothing for the cold weather ahead.
The JFS case management department works one-on-one with individuals and families to ensure their needs are being met.
Your donations will help cover costs including rent, food, transportation as well as donations to our partners who are providing schooling and Hebrew speaking teaching assistants to the Israeli children.
National Mobilization Week: Dec. 4-8, 2023
Jewish organizations and communities all across the country are joining together to show our support for Israel. We’re asking you now to join me in taking action to stand with Israel and ensure America’s leaders continue to support our ally.
Please click here to quickly and conveniently call your members of Congress and urge them to stand with Israel. Your action now is critical to ensuring that our elected officials stand unwaveringly with the Jewish state against Hamas’ terrorism.
The national goal is 100,000 phone calls to Congress by the end of the week. You can do your part by pledging to make just three phone calls a day for the next five days.
Message to Austin City Council
Our advocacy efforts are needed today with City Council to oppose Human Rights Commision Resolution 20231106_001 which veers out of the commission’s purview of promoting tolerance for the diverse populations in Austin.
Shalom Austin leadership has delivered this message to the Human Rights Commission Chair, the Mayor and all council members. Please add your voice!
Click here to send an email to all Council members with one message.
Subject: Keep it Local
Our message is simple: Some Austinites are urging that the City Council take a position for or against a ceasefire or other actions in the war. Any resolution on the war will only divide our community and have zero impact on influencing international actions. Events in the Middle East are moving at an unpredictable pace and are long-standing, multi-faceted, and extremely complicated. I believe the Austin City Council should focus on making decisions on local matters over which it has jurisdiction. Please DO NOT support the Austin Human Rights Commission resolution 20231106_001. We look forward to continued work on our shared efforts to combat antisemitism, Islamophobia, and anti-Arab sentiment.
Urge Your Elected Leaders to Stand with Israel
Fifty years since the Yom Kippur War, Israel again finds itself confronting a severe danger. Our work together is essential to ensuring the Jewish state has what it needs to protect itself, by itself, and that the United States stands shoulder-to-shoulder with our ally.
Backed by Iran, Palestinian terrorists have launched an unprovoked invasion and large-scale attack on Israel.
Israel has a right and responsibility to respond to the devastating assault and protect its citizens from terrorism.
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.
#BlueRibbonsforIsrael is a unity campaign in support of the safe return of the hostages taken by Hamas terrorists in Israel. It symbolizes solidarity with the hostages, their families, and all who care about their safety. Pick up your blue ribbon at the Dell JCC.
Support Austin’s Israeli Community
Jewish Federations’ partners, including the Jewish Agency for Israel, JDC, and the Israel Trauma Coalition, are addressing needs on the ground in Israel. The Jewish Agency’s Fund for Victims of Terror is providing immediate financial support to families whose homes were directly hit by rocket fire and is helping them with urgent needs. The Israel Trauma Coalition (ITC) reports that close to 60% of residents living near the Gaza border have temporarily left their homes and are staying in areas further away from the conflict.
Here in Austin, we have community members with friends and family in Israel who have been directly impacted. They need our support as well. If you would like to help, please click the link below to complete a volunteer interest form.
Seeking Hebrew Speaking Therapists
Shalom Austin Jewish Family Service is compiling a list of Hebrew speaking therapists in Austin. Please reach out to JFS at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are a licensed therapist and interested in assisting the Israeli community.
DISCUSSION GUIDES & RESOURCES
Children & Teens
Social Media Caution: Recent reports out of Israel are offering a warning to parents and urging them to have children and teens remove some social media apps with live-streaming capability from their devices. This is out of deep concern and fear that Hamas may begin showing horrific hostage videos on these platforms – specifically TikTok, X (formerly Twitter), and Instagram.
ADL Discussion Guide
Speak up in your homes and communities. One way to do so is with this new Anti-Defamation League (ADL) discussion guide to help your family talk about the unspeakable horror of the Hamas attack.
Jewish Institution partners
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