Jewish Federations of North America’s drive to provide emergency relief to Israel following Hamas’s brutal October 7 attack has reached $638 million, $175 million of which has already been allocated to the most pressing needs on the ground through nearly 300 partner organizations and NGOs. See full report here.
More than 40 Federation communities have long-standing relationships with local communities throughout Israel that have been affected by the conflict, which has helped them guide funds swiftly and effectively on the ground in response to local needs.
In addition to significant allocations made by individual Federations, which account for nearly two-thirds of the total, $17 million have gone to the Victims of Terror Fund, $16.3 million to support frontline communities, and $10.6 million toward emergency medical services and health care.
Many of the latest funds were allocated toward populations with special needs, such as at-risk youth, people with disabilities, as well as a significant focus on treating both injuries that can be seen and those that are hidden. Read more about the impact these funds are having here.
Collective Allocations to Date by Organization
|Abarbanel Mental Health Center||$100,000|
|ADI Negev Rehabilitation Hospital||$150,000|
|ALYN Pediatric Rehabilitation Center||$100,000|
|ASSAF/Physicians for Human Rights Israel||$45,000|
|Association for the Wellbeing of Israeli Soldiers||$200,000|
|Barzilai Medical Center||$750,000|
|Beer Sheva Mental Health Center||$100,000|
|Beit Issie Shapiro||$100,000|
|Bnai Zion Hospital||$350,000|
|Brothers and Sisters for Israel||$1,800,000|
|Center for International Migration and Integration (CIMI)||$100,000|
|Center for Media and Democracy||$50,000|
|Community Stress Prevention Centre (CSPC) – Mashabim||$400,000|
|Counseling Center for Women||$18,000|
|Early Starters International||$210,000|
|ELEM/Youth in Distress in Israel||$420,000|
|Emek Medical Center Afula||$300,000|
|Emergency Volunteer Program||$250,000|
|Ethiopian National Project||$150,000|
|Foundation for the Welfare of Holocaust Survivors||$150,000|
|Galilee Medical Center||$450,000|
|Geha Mental Health Center||$100,000|
|Givat Haviva – The Center for a Shared Society||$100,000|
|Hadassah Medical Organization||$200,000|
|Hashomer Hatzair and Tzedek Centers||$50,000|
|Hillel Yaffe Medical Center||$150,000|
|Hostages and Missing Families Forum||$250,000|
|Ichilov Hospital Sourasky Medical Center||$200,000|
|Israel Association for Child Protection (ELI)||$70,000|
|Israel Association of Community Centers||$1,346,400|
|Israel Center on Addiction & Mental Health||$150,000|
|Israel Trauma Coalition (ITC)||$2,700,000|
|Israeli National Council for the Child||$200,000|
|Israeli Volunteering Council||$200,000|
|Italian Hospital Haifa||$100,000|
|Jerusalem College of Technology||$100,000|
|Jerusalem Hills Therapeutic Center||$150,000|
|Jerusalem Open House – National LGBTQ+ Emergency Response||$200,000|
|Jewish Agency for Israel||$21,960,000|
|Jewish Funders Network / Forum of Foundations||$50,000|
|Jordan River Village||$75,000|
|Kaplan Hospital Rehovot||$250,000|
|Lev Hasharon Mental Health Center||$100,000|
|Loewenstein Rehabilitation Hospital||$150,000|
|Maale Carmel Mental Health Center||$100,000|
|Maccabi World Union||$200,000|
|Magen David Adom||$300,000|
|Mayanei HaYeshua Medical Center||$100,000|
|Mazor Mental Health Center||$100,000|
|Meir Medical Center||$200,000|
|Merchavim Mental Health Center||$100,000|
|NGOs in Frontline Local Municipalities/Regional Councils||$7,250,000|
|Ohr Torah Stone||$50,000|
|Poriya Tzafon Medical Center||$300,000|
|Rabin Medical Center||$250,000|
|Rambam Health Care Campus||$750,000|
|Regional Council for Unrecognized Arab Villages||$150,000|
|Reuth Rehabiliation Hospital||$150,000|
|SAHI-Special Hesed Unit||$150,000|
|Schneider Children’s Medical Center||$100,000|
|Shaar Menashe Health Center||$100,000|
|Shaare Zedek Medical Center||$200,000|
|Shalvata Mental Health Center||$100,000|
|Shamir Medical Center (Asaf Harofeh)||$350,000|
|Sheba Medical Center Tel Hashomer||$600,000|
|Social Delivery (Shinua Hevrati)||$200,000|
|Soroka Medical Center||$750,000|
|St. Vincent’s Hospital||$100,000|
|Tel Aviv Sexual Assault Crisis Center||$130,000|
|The Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ)||$330,000|
|The Jerusalem Center for Mental Health||$100,000|
|The Jerusalem Civilian Command Center||$100,000|
|The Masorti Movement||$193,000|
|TOM – Tikkun Olam Makers||$200,000|
|Tzohar Rabbinical Organization||$10,000|
|Wolfson Medical Center||$200,000|
|Ziv Medical Center||$550,000|
Description of Organizations & Impact
Access Israel — Access Israel is a well-respected Israeli NGO dedicated to promoting accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities and the elderly in Israel and around the world. It facilitated the evacuation of 3,000 people with severe disabilities from Ukraine to Poland at the start of the war there. Access Israel is now evacuating and providing care and accommodation for hundreds of Israelis with severe disabilities who live under fire and are unable to access a shelter.
Ad’ar – The Professional Forum to Fight the Murder of Women — Ad’ar’s mission is to contribute to the elimination of femicide within Arab society in Israel. It works with the victims of gender-based violence and relevant professionals to develop effective risk-assessment tools to prevent femicides in their communities. During the war, Ad’ar has activated a phone hotline, facilitated groups of social workers in the Negev, Galilee, and Haifa, and is producing and distributing a booklet in Arabic and Hebrew for therapists to use during wartime with a focus on gender-based violence prevention.
AJEEC-NISPED — AJEEC-NISPED is an Arab/Jewish NGO dedicated to social change in the Negev. The organization consists of a team of Arabs and Jews working together to create a shared society. Jewish Federations will support the activities of the organization’s emergency situation rooms and its emergency program to prevent the spread of fake news within the Bedouin community. AJEEC-NISPED will also be cooperating with the Regional Council for Unrecognized Arab Villages in the Negev to provide food assistance and emergency social work care.
AKIM Israel — AKIM Israel acts to realize the rights, promote a better quality of life, and improve the welfare of around 35,000 people with intellectual disabilities and approximately 140,000 family members and legal guardians. The organization operates nationwide and is managed by parents and volunteers in the Jewish and Arab sectors. Since October 7, the organization has been working to assist residents of protected housing who require help with evacuation from Ashkelon, Netivot, and Sderot. It has provided essential equipment to families with special needs, established a digital training program, supported individuals with special needs to preserve their employment routine, and provided enrichment and therapy programs.
Al-Baqour – Association for Early Childhood Development in the Arab Society of the Negev — Al-Baqour was founded by experts in the early childhood field from the Arab and Jewish society in the Negev to promote action and public discourse on the importance of early childhood intervention. Negev Bedouin were significantly affected by the heavy rocket fire and suffered casualties in the October 7th attack. Al-Baqour is training mothers using Zoom on how to deal with an emergency, how to talk to the children about the situation around them, and how to run educational activities for children who cannot attend their normal school frameworks. It is also running Zoom activities as well as special online activities for children on the autism spectrum, among other activities.
ALEH — ALEH strives to empower individuals with disabilities to overcome barriers and achieve success by providing them with the tools and professional support they need to thrive. ALEH is equipping protected spaces with essential life-supporting equipment so that the children can continue to receive rehabilitative care and life-saving treatments during the war. This includes resources such as nutritional supplies, oxygen generators, etc.
ALYN Pediatric and Adolescent Rehabilitation Center — ALYN Pediatric and Adolescent Rehabilitation Center provides treatment for children facing physical challenges, both congenital and acquired, enabling them to function to the best of their ability and integrate into their family life within the framework of a supportive community. Jewish Federations will help ALYN to relocate their day program for severely disabled children to a protected space, to expand their remote therapy options, and to provide the facility with emergency equipment.
Aminadav — Aminadav has been active for over 30 years, and it operates alternate volunteering frameworks for young men and women who are exempt from military service in the Israel Defense Forces. Since the second day of the war Aminadav assigned its volunteers to 28 hotels to provide immediate assistance to children evacuees, providing educational services on an individual and group basis during school hours, and social and recreational activities in the afternoons. With the help of Jewish Federations, they will continue their volunteer work with evacuees and others affected by the war.
Appleseeds — Appleseeds was established to meet the challenge of digital gaps in Israeli society and make technology a catalyst for social change, improved employment, and integration between Jews and Arabs, peripheral and central areas, and other divisions. In response to the emergency, Appleseeds is utilizing their established approach to provide digital services for victims of terrorism, programming for their youth movement Net@, and for people throughout Israel who struggle with a low level of digital literacy.
Association for the Wellbeing of Israeli Soldiers — The Association for the Wellbeing of Israel’s Soldiers is a leading organization conducting activities for soldiers. The Association’s Emergency Relief Fund will support IDF soldiers in the hours, days, and weeks ahead. This fund enables the purchase of essentials for front-line soldiers, including vital personal gear and clothing (non-tactical) and basic physical hygiene supplies.
Ayalim — Ayalim is a Zionist movement, founded in 2002 in light of David Ben-Gurion’s vision, wishing to change the balance between the country’s center and its periphery. Since the start of the war, and with the support of the Jewish Federations, the student villages in Ashalim, Dimona, and Yerucham have opened their homes and their hearts to the residents of the Gaza envelope. The students’ volunteers are hosting them in the village’s apartments, as well as takin care of their every need, including purchasing equipment, clothing, food, etc.
Beit Issie Shapiro — Beit Issie Shapiro is a pioneering Israeli leader and innovator in the field of disabilities, developing and providing life-changing services, and exporting best practices for a more inclusive society around the globe. Beit Issie Shapiro is providing therapy, respite, emotional support, and coping tools to people with disabilities in their facilities and across Israel.
Birthright Israel — Birthright Israel’s mission is to provide all young Jewish adults with opportunities for transformative and immersive shared experiences in Israel and a foundation for ongoing Jewish connection. Birthright Israel is using its extensive logistical infrastructure and contracts with hotels to host evacuees from the conflict zones.
Brothers and Sisters for Israel — Brothers and Sisters of Israel is the largest civilian aid organization operating in Israel, entirely powered by volunteers who are former IDF soldiers, ensuring that 100% of funds go directly toward acquiring essential resources and supplies. Their leading efforts include combat gear for soldiers, humanitarian support, meals, clothing, and evacuation for those in war zones, accommodation for the displaced, and nationwide logistics centers.
Center for International Migration and Integration (CIMI) — The Center for International Migration and Integration (CIMI) was established in 1998 by JDC Israel. CIMI strives to apply international standards in addressing a wide range of areas of migration relevant to the Israeli state and society. CIMI is engaged in the development of systemic and individual responses while protecting the rights of immigrants and asylum seekers and maintaining international obligations. CIMI is providing emergency aid and resilience-building activities for migrant workers and asylum seekers from African and Ukrainian origins.
Center for Media and Democracy — The Center for Media and Democracy in Israel is an independent, nonprofit news organization established to strengthen Israeli democracy through investigative journalism. The Center has established an Emergency Resilience Fund to cover trauma treatments for journalists who covered the horrific October 7th events (and whose care is not covered by their employer).
Chimes Israel — Chimes Israel’s missions is to do the maximum to improve the quality of life of people with special needs from every community, through providing cutting edge professional services delivered by a well-trained and supervised, caring staff. With Federations’ support Chimes Israel will conduct home visits by professionals to provide for material, emotional, therapeutic, and developmental support to people with special needs, primarily in southern Israel
Community Stress Prevention Centre (CSPC) – Mashabim — The Community Stress Prevention Centre (CSPC) – Mashabim deals with the treatment and prevention of psycho-trauma. It promotes stress and crisis management and provides both multidisciplinary treatment and support to victims of psycho-trauma due to terror and war, primarily in northern Israel. CSPC is providing emergency support to those who have remained in their homes and within evacuee centers.
Counseling Center for Women — The Counseling Center for Women is dedicated to promoting individual, social, and economic gender equality through its psychotherapy center providing more than 10,000 therapy hours for women each year, especially women-at-risk, survivors of abuse and violence, and those struggling with depression, anxiety, or other illnesses. The Center is providing private and group psychotherapy from a gender-sensitive perspective for women suffering from trauma and post-trauma because of the war.
Dror Israel — Dror Israel is an organization of graduates of the youth movements Hanoar Haoved Vehalomed in Israel and Habonim Dror around the world. Dror Israel is made up of 1,300 trained educators who live together in 15 intentional communities across Israel’s social and economic periphery. They are dedicated to educating for a just and equal society by working with youth-at-risk, Jewish-Arab programs, national social justice initiatives, and their connected youth movements. In response to the war, Dror Israel educators and volunteers are supporting evacuees and providing day care educational activities for youth across Israel.
Early Starters International — Early Starters International is an educational humanitarian organization that provides a healthy childhood to young children in emergency situations and vulnerable communities worldwide. In coordination with the Ministry of Education, they have established ten spaces for children, from birth to age 7, and their parents whose families have fled the kibbutzim and villages on the Gaza border. With Jewish Federations support, they will expand the number of spaces that offer workshops for parents and social-emotional support for children.
ELEM – Youth in Distress in Israel — ELEM – Youth in Distress in Israel is a leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to treating and transforming the lives of troubled youth. ELEM locates these teens and young adults and reintegrates them into normative society. With Jewish Federations’ support, ELEM will open a pop-up “Breathing Space” at the Dead Sea hotels for evacuee teens. In addition, a second ELEM team will conduct street outreach, will seek out and identify teens who are not yet ready to frequent the popup site and build trust with them. ELEM is also working at four other evacuee sites.
Emergency Volunteer Project (EVP) — The Emergency Volunteer Project (EVP) recruits and trains American firefighters, medical professionals, and other personnel to be deployed in Israel during emergencies. Jewish Federations’ support is enabling EVP to answer the call of the Israel Fire and Rescue Service to deploy 140 firefighters who will work in a volunteer capacity to supplement the Israeli capabilities, as EVP has done in the past.
Eshel Chabad — 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. Eshel Chabad will be providing cash cards to evacuees to provide for their immediate needs and meals for elderly living under fire. Jewish Federations’ contribution is being matched by Israeli donors.
Etgarim — Etgarim was founded by disabled IDF veterans and rehabilitation professionals with the mission to empower and socially integrate people with disabilities through outdoor challenge sports. Etgarim is supporting evacuated children both with/without disabilities and their families through guided outdoor sport activities. The goal is to help individuals and groups better cope with reality through experiential learning, cooperation, processing, and integration.
Ethiopian National Project — The Ethiopian National Project (ENP) was established to ensure the full and successful integration of the Ethiopian Jewish community into Israeli society. During times of emergency, ENP has a proven record of being the most effective provider of services to the Ethiopian-Israeli community. With the support of Jewish Federations, ENP will deploy Amharic-speaking professionals to coordinate and offer services to families in their network in three southern cities: Ashdod, Ashkelon, and Beer Sheva.
Givat Haviva – The Center for a Shared Society — Givat Haviva is a civil society organization for social change, striving to create a model society in Israel anchored in principles of mutual respect, trust, pluralism, and intrinsic equality between citizens. Givat Haviva is located on a 40-acre educational campus with guest rooms, classrooms, an auditorium, and dining room. The campus is now home to 260 evacuees from the conflict zones in Israel. Givat Haviva is providing these families with accommodations, three meals a day, mental health support, and a variety of healing activities.
HaGal Sheli — HaGal Sheli utilizes surfing as an empowering educational tool to teach at-risk youth how to overcome life’s challenges through determination and persistence. HaGal Sheli’s programs are helping youth and young adults dealing with complex war-related trauma through water activity (surfing). The Hagal Sheli program includes sessions led by educators, professional psychologists, and social workers.
Hashomer Hatzair and Tzedek Centers — The Hashomer Hatzair youth movement and Tzedek Centers, a national grassroots movement that promotes democracy, equality, and justice in a shared Israeli society are responding together to the emergency. They are providing educational aid and family-hosting opportunities for evacuees.
Hospitals and Mental Health Centers — The Israeli hospital system has treated the thousands of patients who were injured during the horrific events of October 7, and in the fighting since in the south and north. In parallel, all hospitals in Israel have been preparing for a potential expansion of the rocket fire to impact much larger areas of the country.
Jewish Federations have supported twenty-seven general hospitals and four rehabilitation hospitals to purchase urgently needed medical equipment to rapidly strengthen their emergency response capabilities. Each hospital was given an allocation based on a few factors: The number of wounded it treated, location within the country (priority to north and south), size of the hospital, and emergency needs. In addition, ten psychiatric hospitals have been supported to provide mental health services to those most affected by the war.
Hotam – Teach First Israel — Hotam (TFI) is a social and educational organization that trains people with leadership qualities to be teachers, principals, and educational leaders. They specialize in mentoring their trainees and other educators and providing them with the knowledge and tools necessary to afford all children equal opportunity for a better future, regardless of their background. At the request of the Ministry of Education, Hotam has established and is managing multiple temporary schools for evacuees around the country.
Hostages and Missing Families Forum — The Hostage and Missing Families Forum was formed by the families of hostages following the horrific terrorist attack on Israeli citizens. The Forum is a nonprofit organization, founded solely for the purpose of bringing back the people abducted and being held hostage in Gaza. The Forum’s strategy is to affect sustainable global public opinion in order to pressure countries who host and support Hamas for the immediate release of the hostages. Jewish Federations provide direct support to these families.
Israel Association for Child Protection (ELI) — The Israel Association for Child Protection (ELI) deals specifically and exclusively with all the various aspects of child abuse. ELI has approximately 20 highly trained and experienced therapists who, with the support of Jewish Federations, will provide therapeutic and crisis intervention for families who have been relocated, including families with members who have been abducted.
Israel Center on Addiction & Mental Health — The Israel Center on Addiction & Mental Health is a national center spearheading systemic policies for reducing addiction and its damages. It promotes the field of addiction prevention on the national agenda. The center is providing therapy sessions, training in schools, training for educational teams in the south, training and guidance of mental health professionals and medical teams and clinical intervention for families. The goal is to provide teachers with tools to support children affected by the current war, as well as classroom interventions to avoid/lower the chances of substance abuse among students because of the war.
Israel’s National Council for the Child (NCC) — The Israel National Council for the Child (NCC) mission is to ensure the welfare, well-being, and rights of all children in Israel. NCC is a protagonist in all children and youth related issues, on a national level; initiating and promoting public policy, forging cross-sector partnerships focused on the and operating as a main source of information for professionals, government, and the non-profit sector. NCC’s entire operations have been diverted to responding to current needs. It will be advocating for children and providing training at the macro level; and providing support for children and teens is distress at the micro level.
Israel Trauma Coalition (ITC) — The Israel Trauma Coalition (ITC), a key Federation emergency partner, is the cornerstone in the national treatment of trauma and emergency preparedness in Israel. ITC operates 12 resilience centers, mostly in the Gaza border area, which offer a unique model that provides a seamless response along the continuum between emergency preparedness, emergency, and recovery. ITC also works through its member organizations to provide additional mental health and psychosocial services, such as the emotional support hotlines that have been opened by Eran and Natal. Jewish Federations will support the provision of care for evacuees, first responders, and medical professionals, along with a national hotline.
Israeli Volunteering Council — The Israeli Volunteering Council promotes volunteering in cooperation with government ministries, local authorities, NGOs, and the business sector in Israel and around the world. In emergencies, it manages the work of over 40 national NGOs with over 200,000 volunteers together with the IDF Homefront Command. Jewish Federations will help the Council to provide member organizations with the tools to effectively manage volunteers during this challenging period.
Jaffa Institute — The Jaffa Institute operates in some of the most disadvantaged areas in Israel in the socioeconomic periphery in Tel Aviv-Jaffa and in Bet Shemesh. It provides educational, nutritional, therapeutic, and social support services to help people escape the cycle of intergenerational poverty. During the war, the Jaffa Institute opened its residential high school in Bet Shemesh to house, feed, and care for evacuees. It is also providing a therapeutic program for evacuees who are staying in Tel Aviv hotels.
JDC — The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, JDC, is one of Jewish Federations’ historic partners, with deep roots and an unshakable connection to the State of Israel. JDC is caring for those who have no one else to turn to – vulnerable seniors, people with disabilities, children and young adults at risk, families in financial distress, and the unemployed. Jewish Federation emergency support will enable JDC to respond to the unique needs of these special populations.
Jerusalem Open House – National LGBTQ+ Emergency Response — All Israeli LGBTQ+ non-profit organizations have joined together and entrusted the Jerusalem Open House to lead the establishment of a mental health emergency support system. More than 50 psychologists and social workers have been enlisted to provide a nationwide response to trauma, loss, and other challenges that LGBTQ+ Israelis are facing during the crisis. This need arose quickly, as many LGBTQ+ individuals hesitate to access services through state institutions, especially during periods of turmoil, and will be better served in specialized frameworks.
Jerusalem College of Technology (JCT) — The Jerusalem College of Technology (JCT) is an academic institution that specializes in high-tech engineering, industrial management, business administration and life and health sciences. It is dedicated to strengthening Jerusalem and responding to Israel’s socio-economic needs. JCT empowers diverse segments of Israeli society — who would otherwise not have access to higher education — to become contributing members of Israel’s workforce. JCT is now hosting high schools and other educational institutions from areas under fire, allowing them to maintain routine for the students on its campus, where they can use its dormitories and classrooms.
Jerusalem Hills Therapeutic Center — Jerusalem Hills Therapeutic Center is a unique institution which provides post-hospitalization therapeutic treatment for children aged 7 to 15. These include some of Israel most “at-risk” youth from all sectors of Israeli society. The Center also operates a training center for professionals and a community clinic. Jewish Federations will help provide therapeutic sessions for children with first-hand and second-hand trauma from the war, special training for professionals, transportation for displaced children from affected areas, and equipment for shelters at the facility.
Jewish Agency for Israel — The Jewish Agency for Israel’s Fund for Victims of Terror is providing immediate, critical financial aid to victims and their families. In addition, the Jewish Agency seeks to provide respite for people living in the conflict zone and activities for their children (including 3856 Olim living in absorption centers, as well as enhanced security). Additional staffing will support 5,000 elderly residents of Amigour in the south, ensuring they have food and other items within their sheltered apartments.
Jewish Funders Network / Forum of Foundations — The Forum of Foundations in Israel is a community of foundation professionals seeking to benefit Israeli society. The Jewish Funders Network is a global community of private foundations and philanthropists whose mission is to promote meaningful giving and to improve philanthropy in the Jewish world. The two organizations are cooperating to build a portal to efficiently connect funders and the needs in the field. The portal will allow NGOs to upload requests which will undergo basic vetting. Funders will be able to quickly review and fund relevant opportunities.
Jordan River Village — The Jordan River Village is a haven for children facing severe illnesses and disabilities. The Village has opened its doors to host displaced families of children with special needs or facing serious illness. The Village quickly reached capacity and is operating on a waitlist. Jewish Federations funding will help the Village procure essential medical supplies, accommodate the families for their stay, and provide them with services and treatments.
Kivunim — Kivunim is dedicated to empowering young adults with disabilities to achieve independence and become active members of their communities. Kivunim’s programs are designed to build self-confidence, enhance independence and self-management skills, and foster social inclusion. Jewish Federations support will help young adults who are practicing independent living in a life-preparatory program in Nahariya and Haifa. Kivunim will upgrade safety equipment for the 45 apartments, relocate participants from five apartments without shelters, and provide additional mental health care.
Krembo Wings — Krembo Wings is the only fully inclusive youth movement in Israel that brings together children and youth with and without disabilities for weekly social and educational activities. As of October 2023, the organization has been working with local municipalities and the Homefront Command to expand their activities to provide support to members of the community who need it most. With the support of Jewish Federations, Krembo Wings will open new branches and launch new programs to serve the needs of evacuees in the north and south.
LATET — Latet (“To Give”) is a leading Israeli non-profit combating poverty and food insecurity and working to mobilize Israeli civil society toward mutual responsibility. Latet provides a humanitarian response to individuals and families affected by the war by offering food and hygiene kits to those most in need. With the support of Jewish Federations, Latet is prioritizing populations such as evacuees from the Gaza border region, senior citizens, Holocaust survivors, regular and reserve soldiers, and families in areas that are sustaining significant rocket attacks.
Leket — Leket Israel is the leading food rescue organization in Israel. Leket collects healthy, surplus food and distributes it to populations in need through partner organizations. With the support of Jewish Federations, Leket will provide hundreds of thousands of meals to evacuees, senior citizens, and families from the hardest-hit areas of Israel. Leket will also distribute reloadable food purchase cards for families in need, such as those who lost their source of income or single parents who are unable to work.
Ma’ase — Ma’ase is a hub for social volunteerism that works to promote responsibility, shared civil society, and active citizenship among young people from diverse groups across Israel. Its mission is to advance social mobility among young people from Israel’s peripheries. Ma’ase has established an informal school for evacuee children at the Dead Sea hotels and its volunteers provide a range of services, such as daycare for the children of essential workers and other volunteer tasks elsewhere in Israel.
Maccabi World Union — Maccabi World Union, an international Jewish sports organization famous for the Maccabiah Games, operates Kfar Maccabiah, a hotel, conference center, and sports complex in Ramat Gan. Within 36 hours of the October 7th attacks, Kfar Maccabiah was at full capacity hosting nearly 1,000 evacuees from across southern Israel. Staff and volunteers are providing three meals a day and utilizing the facilities on site to host extensive activities for children and adults.
Magen David Adom — Magen David Adom (MDA) is Israel’s National Emergency Pre-Hospital Medical and Blood Services Organization. MDA is Israel’s largest volunteer organization and provides emergency medical services across Israel. During emergencies, MDA’s volunteers and professional staff work around the clock to save lives. Jewish Federations will assist MDA to urgently upgrade Basic Life Support ambulances to become Mobile Intensive Care Units and replenish critical medical supplies.
Mitchashvim/2B.Friendly — Mitchashvim is the largest non-profit in Israel distributing refurbished computers with a national, supervised, transparent, and equitable distribution model. It is partnering with 2B.Friendly, a fund which promotes a just and environmentally friendly economy through the power of the private sector. Mitchashvim will be providing thousands of laptops to evacuees and others in need during the war.
MOSHE — MOSHE – Words that Make a Difference is an organization devoted to reducing suicide rates through community-based interventions. In Israel, an estimated 600 people die by suicide each year and 13,000 people in suicide-related distress. Since October 7, countless people are suffering from acute mental health issues – and heightened suicide risk. MOSHE is providing community interventions that are highly effective and save lives – through a call center, professional training, and both direct interventions and group sessions for those in crisis.
NATAL — NATAL is an apolitical non-profit organization that offers psychological and emotional treatment and support to victims of trauma due to war and terror. Since its establishment in 1998, NATAL has provided psychological assistance to individuals in Israel from all sectors of society, irrespective of age, gender, and ethnicity. With Jewish Federation support hotlines are available for those in need along with direct care.
NATAN — NATAN is an all-volunteer NGO dedicated to providing aid in the wake of both natural and human-made disasters, regardless of location or circumstances. In collaboration with Clalit Health Services, the largest Israeli HMO, NATAN has established and is operating medical and dental clinics in Shafayim, the Dead Sea, and Eilat to provide services to the large evacuee populations housed in those locations.
Nefesh B’Nefesh — Nefesh B’Nefesh supports those making Aliyah from North America, from the initial process to starting new lives in Israel. With the support of Jewish Federations, Nefesh B’Nefesh will provide free counseling services to support families living in the South, parents of Lone Soldiers, bereaved Olim families, injured Lone Soldiers, and the general English-speaking population. In addition, a dedicated team of social workers will assist Lone Soldiers, visit hospitals, counsel bereaved parents, and address incoming calls from concerned parents overseas.
Neve Eshkol — Neve Eshkol is the Association for the Elderly in the Eshkol Regional Council, which has a sixty-kilometer border with the Gaza Strip and is the region that suffered the most casualties and hostages taken on October 7. Neve Eshkol provides welfare services and leisure activities for elderly people in the region, including Holocaust survivors. Since the war and the evacuation of the residents, Neve Eshkol has been taking care of a variety of needs for 700 elderly people, and in some cases their foreign caregivers, who are staying in multiple evacuation sites around the country.
NGOs in Frontline Municipalities or Regional Councils — The two municipalities and six regional councils (made up of multiple kibbutzim and moshavim) in immediate proximity to the Gaza border experienced extensive loss of life and destruction of property during the terrorist infiltration. Jewish Federations are providing grants to local non-governmental organizations in frontline communities to help these communities meet the deep immediate challenges of attending to the immense needs of their populations while rebuilding infrastructure and restoring the sense of security, community, and routine.
Nirim Foundation — Nirim operates a nationwide educational-therapeutic program that, every year, gives hundreds of high-risk youth another opportunity, sometimes their last, to return to Israeli society as citizens who contribute to themselves, their families, and the country. Nirim runs a Youth Village – a residential setting for 120 extreme-risk teens; and “Nirim in the Neighborhoods” – a community-based program that works with at-risk youth in underserved populations throughout Israel. Jewish Federations are supporting the evacuation of the residents from the youth village and extra home visits to youth-at-risk in communities under threat in northern and southern Israel.
Ohr Torah Stone — Ohr Torah Stone is a network of 32 educational institutions, social projects, outreach programs, and leadership initiatives to educate and prepare the next generation to strengthen society, perfect the world, and serve as a light unto the nations. Ohr Torah Stone has opened the doors of their retreat center to evacuees from southern Israel and are providing all their basic needs for an indefinite stay as the war continues, in addition to providing day activities for the children.
Orr Shalom — Orr Shalom is Israel’s largest provider for children in Out-of-Home Care, serving children at-risk who have been removed from their homes by the welfare authorities due to severe abuse and neglect, including children with mental and physical disabilities. With the assistance of Jewish Federations, Orr Shalom will provide extra support to the children living in group homes in areas under fire and to graduates who have been affected by the emergency.
Osim Shechuna — Osim Shechuna empowers youth, building communities and developing local leadership within troubled neighborhoods in Israel. Osim has rapidly built a network of partnerships to facilitate volunteers to rapidly make thousands of neglected communal bomb shelters in northern Israel habitable.
Paamonim — Paamonim works to help families handle their finances with balance, responsibility, and transparency, fortifying our nation’s socioeconomic foundation. Paamonim guides and provides financial support to anyone interested and provides knowledge, tools, and skills for wise financial conduct. Paamonim is offering ongoing assistance for evacuees, reservists and other affected Israelis with debt management and financial grants to navigate recovery challenges. Services are delivered both digitally and in-person at evacuee centers.
Physicians for Human Rights Israel/ASSAF — Physicians for Human Rights Israel is an Israeli non-profit organization that promotes the right to health for all people living under Israel’s responsibility. ASSAF – Aid Organization for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Israel provides support and assistance to refugees, driven by a deep-rooted belief in the historical responsibility of Israeli society toward those seeking refuge. The two organizations will provide emergency humanitarian assistance to vulnerable refugees who have been affected by the war, particularly those who have lost their jobs.
Pitchon-Lev — Pitchon Lev is one of Israel’s largest humanitarian organizations, established as a national humanitarian organization focused on breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty in Israel. Pitchon-Lev directly assists over 200,000 individuals and families every year, distributing thousands of food parcels, clothes, home equipment, and much more to needy families on a weekly basis, regardless of their gender, religion, race or nationality. During the emergency Pitchon Lev has greatly expanded its humanitarian aid deliveries to meet the needs of the homebound and displaced.
Regional Council for Unrecognized Arab Villages — The Regional Council for Unrecognized Arab Villages in the Negev offers support to 300,000 members of the Bedouin community living in the southern Negev desert region of Israel. During the October 7 attack, many Bedouin villages suffered rocket attacks. With Jewish Federations’ support, they will set up a food assistance program and hire social workers to respond to the acute needs of families and children.
SAHI – Special Hessed Unit — SAHI is a youth-at-risk program with a unique and successful model based on the notion that giving transforms the giver’s life just as much as that of the receiver. SAHI is utilizing its existing branches across Israel with more than 1,500 involved young people and additional volunteers to provide services and deliver humanitarian aid to those affected by the war, especially vulnerable populations such as isolated elderly people.
Sapir College — Sapir College, Israel’s largest public college, is located just two miles from the Gaza border and provides high-quality, equitable, and accessible higher education in Israel’s Southern periphery. Federation support will help the college build a Trauma-Resiliency Treatments and Basic Needs Fund to provide students and staff with critical trauma and resiliency treatments to regain the capacity to function and provide grants to cover urgent basic needs for over 1,000 students.
Schechter Institute — Schechter was founded 39 years ago to offer a fresh alternative for Israel: meaningful Jewish education in an open, pluralistic environment. Their response to the war is reflected in their regular work, including strengthening rabbinic presence in local communities, a national hotline for spiritual care, support for recent Ukrainian and Russian olim, and updated resource kids and activities for the TALI Educational Fund, a network of 80 schools and 1000 kindergartens throughout Israel.
Shalom Hartman Institute — The Shalom Hartman Institute is a leading center of Jewish thought and education, serving Israel and North America. Their mission is to strengthen Jewish peoplehood, identity, and pluralism; to enhance the Jewish and democratic character of Israel; and to ensure that Judaism is a compelling force for good in the 21st century. In response to the October 7 attack, the Institute has launched a new initiative through which graduates and students of the Beit Midrash for Israeli Rabbis provide spiritual support and guidance for evacuated communities.
Shalva — Shalva is a Jerusalem-based association for care and inclusion of people with disabilities, providing a range of services for people of all ages and backgrounds from recreation to employment training to independent living, plus family support. Shalva has taken in 100 evacuees from an institution for youth-at-risk and with Jewish Federations’ support, will provide for all their needs during the stay.
Sheatufim/Zionism 2000 — Sheatufim and Zionism 2000 are two infrastructure organizations that have brought real change in Israeli reality for many years. Through national system-building activities along with a variety of sectors and populations, they have led emergency initiatives on a national scale in times of strife and emergency. With Jewish Federations’ support, their new joint initiative Yeladanu will provide a comprehensive, immediate, and quality response to the diverse needs of children and youth living on our borders.
Simcha Layeled — Simcha Layeled is dedicated to improving the quality of life for thousands of disabled and seriously ill children in hospitals and rehabilitation centers throughout Israel. It emphasizes a personal connection with each child and the development of long-term relationships during hospital stays, rehabilitation, and into the future. With Jewish Federations support, Simcha Layeled is providing personal, emotional, and social support services to more than 300 children from affected regions in the north and south of Israel.
Social Delivery (Shinua Hevrati) — Social Delivery (Shinua Hevrati) efficiently delivers humanitarian aid across Israel sourced from corporate donors and NGO partners. During the emergency, it has become a key player in ensuring that humanitarian supplies are able to be warehoused and delivered quickly and efficiently wherever they are needed. It is assisting other Jewish Federation grantees with their logistical needs.
Tel Aviv Sexual Assault Crisis Center — The Tel Aviv Sexual Assault Crisis Center is Israel’s first and largest center of its kind. It fields more than 12,000 crisis calls annually through its hotlines and provides clinical care and tailored programming for individuals and communities across the spectrum of Israeli society, including IDF and first responders. Since the October 7 attacks, the Center has received a surge of requests from survivors of sexual violence. Jewish Federations’ funding ensures that survivors receive the care they need as well as ensures that first responders receive critical training.
Tene Briut — Tene Briut is dedicated to advocating for and improving the health of Ethiopian Israelis. For some Ethiopian Israelis, absorption difficulties, communication barriers, and – in some cases – a different cultural understanding of health issues can result in low medical response rates, frustration, and even misdiagnosis. With Jewish Federations’ support, Tene Bruit has mobilized to provide mental health and emotional support via their Amharic hotline, mediation and translation services, distribution of emergency communications in Amharic, and specialized care for elderly Ethiopian-Israeli immigrants.
The Foundation for the Welfare of Holocaust Survivors — The Foundation for the Welfare of Holocaust Survivors provides diverse programs and services to Holocaust survivors who require assistance and raise public awareness for their welfare. Jewish Federations are enabling the Foundation to provide survivors with food packages and “Emergency Safe Room Kits” that include emergency lighting, radios, and first aid kits.
The Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ) — 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.
The Jerusalem Civilian Command Center — The Jerusalem Civilian Command Center is a coalition of four NGOs created for the emergency to coordinate an extensive volunteer effort to organize housing for families fleeing their homes, critical supplies for soldiers in the field, babysitters for essential workers, clothing and medical supplies, mental health counseling for victims of the war, and many other needs. Jewish Federations will be supporting the provision of housing and humanitarian aid for evacuees.
The Masorti Movement — The Masorti Movement is an indigenous effort by Israelis for Israelis to create a pluralistic, egalitarian, inclusive approach to living a Jewish life in Israel. The Masorti movement is housing and supporting hundreds of evacuees at its member communities Hannaton and Ketura, as well as providing support to evacuees across the country. Movement staff are providing a range of pastoral services for the Masorti community in Israel and Conservative communities abroad.
The Shitim Institute — The Shitim Institute aims to preserve – and rejuvenate – the celebration of the Jewish holidays and culture in ways that are meaningful and relevant to Jews from all walks of life. The Institute will develop and provide pluralistic content for funerals, and materials to help build resilience in schools and kibbutzim.
TOM – Tikkun Olam Makers — TOM – Tikkun Olam Makers – is an Israeli-turned-global venture that creates and disseminates affordable solutions to neglected challenges of people living with disabilities, the elderly, and the poor. This emergency is creating an unprecedented number of wounded civilians and soldiers. TOM is deploying its unique capabilities to early-identify the needs of the wounded; develop a portfolio of online free solutions to help them; and support rehabilitation centers, care organizations and the wounded by delivering these solutions in a timely manner.
Tzohar — Tzohar is a socially conscious Modern Orthodox organization working to secure an ethical, inclusive, and united Jewish society in Israel. It provides an array of Jewish lifecycle and religious services, cultivates rabbinic leadership, and influences public policy. In response to the war, and with the support of Jewish Federations, Tzohar’s professional, compassionate rabbinic volunteers are providing comfort and guidance to bereaved families, funeral ceremonies and Shiva services, emotional support, and a hotline for halachic questions during wartime and mourning.
United Hatzalah — United Hatzalah is a community-based volunteer emergency medical service (EMS) operating across Israel. It has mobilized all 7,000 of its volunteers and dispatched over 120 rescue vehicles to Israel’s southern region. With the help of Jewish Federations, United Hatzalah will be able to purchase critical emergency medical supplies to respond to ongoing attacks.
World ORT — World ORT, a historic Jewish Federations partner, provides STEAM education to thousands of students in close partnership with schools/municipalities throughout Israel’s periphery. Jewish Federations will support mental health initiatives for students and teachers and will enable students who are displaced to maintain access to learning opportunities and essential technology.
Yad Sarah — Since its inception in the winter of 1974, Yad Sarah has taken upon itself the challenge to provide comprehensive and supportive health services that allow individuals in need of care to remain at home and in their communities for as long as possible. The medical and rehabilitative equipment lending service allows everyone to take advantage of the best equipment available, without dependence on public medicine. The emergency call center provides around-the-clock supervision, so even the elderly and the sick can remain at home. The home hospital service makes it possible to replace hospitalization and rehabilitation in institutions with home care without compromising on the quality of treatment.
Yanabia — Yanabia is an infrastructure organization that was founded and operates within the Bedouin society to narrow the gaps with Jewish society. Despite their proximity to Gaza, most Bedouin communities in southern Israel have zero or few shelters or safe rooms, which has led to multiple casualties in these areas. Yanabia is working to rapidly install 300 mobile safe rooms across the Bedouin communities.
Zaka — ZAKA (the Hebrew acronym for Disaster Victim Identification) is Israel’s dominant non-governmental rescue and recovery organization, with over 3,000 volunteers. ZAKA has sole responsibility in Israel for dealing with incidents of unnatural death and works in close cooperation with all the emergency services and security forces. After the terrible terror attack, Zaka volunteers have been tending to the honor of the more than 1,200 deceased. Jewish Federations will help supply critical equipment and supplies to aid ZAKA to enable it to continue its difficult mission.