November 16, 2012, New York, NY -- In response to Israel's military efforts to stop the barrage of
rockets fired from Gaza, and the subsequent escalation in violence, the arms of the
Reform Movement, representing 1.5 million Jews in North America, as
well as numerous professional organizations and affiliates, are joining
together, calling for
spiritual, political, and financial support for Israel.
The Reform Movement has long been an unwavering voice for Israel and
reaffirms that staunch support for Israel in this moment of
Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA) has been in touch
with the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism (IMPJ), and the entire Reform Jewish Movement is
working together to provide support for Israel's people who find
themselves in the line of fire from Gaza rockets, including those in Reform
To that end, the Reform Movement is joining with partners from across the North
American Jewish landscape in establishing an Israel Terror Relief Fund.
This effort is being coordinated by the Jewish Federations of North
America. All donations will go to direct aid, including to the Reform community
in Israel, through organizations such as The Jewish Agency for Israel
and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, as they work to
provide respite and support to the thousands of children and families in
Israel's southern region, food and emergency kits to the elderly and
disabled, and many other relief and emergency services.
Donation information, as well as a wide array of other resources
including liturgical suggestions, background information from many of
our affiliates, including ARZA, and curricular materials are available