Earlier this week, our Alliance Board Chair, Harris Chorney and I traveled to Washington, DC for a gathering of Jewish organizations and to rally support for Israel in this incredibly tenuous moment. At the “Unity in Crisis” gathering, we heard from Senators Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell, from House leaders Hakeem Jeffries and Steve Scalise, and from Homeland Security Secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas. All of them affirmed their support for Israel and decried the rise in antisemitism we are seeing here in the United States and here in Rhode Island.
And while it was heartening to hear these leaders express their support for our community, it was hearing from 25-year-old Noa, a survivor of the Hamas terror attack at the music festival, that truly reminded me why the work we are doing is so important.
I share Noa's story not to perpetuate trauma, but to articulate the incredible loss we are all feeling right now. And to help us understand why support for our Israel Emergency Campaign is so critical. The need for trauma counseling is incredibly high in Israel after the attacks, and that is one of the areas your support will help to make a reality. Your support also helps with emergency medical assistance, relocation for those who lost homes from rocket fire, basic needs for so many who have been relocated because of the war, and other critical humanitarian aid.
Consider making a gift today by visiting jewishallianceri.org.
Finally, a reminder for all of us—me included. Even in the darkest of moments, it’s critical that we work to find joy and peace in our lives. As we enter another Shabbat, I hope you are able to take some time to reflect, to be with family and friends, and to find some comfort in community.
Until next time, I wish you a safe, peaceful, and joyous Shabbat.
President & CEO