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Escalation in Israel


The Jewish Community Federation of Richmond stands in solidarity with Israel as rockets continue to rain down on the Jewish State from Gaza.

We mourn for those killed and pray for the swift healing of those injured. We call on the Palestinian Authority to end its ongoing incitement of violence and demand that Hamas and Islamic Jihad immediately cease firing rockets on civilian populations.

We pray for de-escalation and a quick return to peace. We stand with our brothers and sisters in Israel and fully support the right of Israel to defend herself.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all those impacted by the ongoing violence, including our friends and partners in our Partnership2Gether region of Hadera-Eiron, and we pray for their safety.

Below, please find a series of resources about the developing situation in Israel from our US and Israeli partners.

Our Federation will be joining communities all over the country in a national effort to provide critical support to the most vulnerable and impacted in Israel by launching the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond Israel Emergency Campaign. 100% of every dollar raised will be used to support our family in Israel.

Briefing given to the European Press Association by Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Ms. Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, journalists Khaled Abu Toameh and Ron Ben-Yishai, and the IDF’s Lt Col Jonathan Conricus. (May 12, 2021)

Jewish Federations held a webinar on the latest developments in the violence, with the IDF’s International Media Spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus. (May 12, 2021)

Special Briefing with Ambassador Dr. Michael Oren and
Jewish Agency Chairman Isaac Herzog. (May 11, 2021)


Ongoing News Coverage

Times of Israel (TOI)
Jewish Telegraph Agency (JTA)

National Partners

Major Escalation in Israel: Jewish Federations of North America
4 Myths and Facts about the Violence in Jerusalem: American Jewish Committee (AJC)
Reform Jewish Leader Addresses Situation in Israel: Union for Reform Judaism (URJ)
Watch: A Message from Jerusalem: Orthodox Union (OU)

Updates from Jewish Federation of North America (JFNA)

May 21, 2021 Update

May 19, 2021 Update

May 14, 2021 Update

May 11, 2021 Update

May 9, 2021 Update

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