Shabbat Shalom From the President 07.25.14

As I stated two nights ago at our profoundly meaningful Community Solidarity Rally for Israel at the Dwares JCC, which was attended by more than 400 individuals, the Hebrew word azaka, which means warning or alarm, dominates daily conversations. As described earlier this week in Haaretz, “once it was the wail of Mordecai discovering that Haman meant to kill all the Jews. Now it’s the siren warning of a Hamas rocket.” My friends, the sirens must stop! In conjunction with the Jewish Federations of North America, the Alliance continues our emergency fundraising campaign for humanitarian relief.

To date, 92 households in greater RI and Cape Cod have pledged more than $56,000. I am overwhelmed by your generosity and assistance for our brothers and sisters in Israel. 100% of our dollars raised in the Stop the Sirens Campaign are being used to provide medical care, expanded trauma support, and flexible assistance for 13 Israeli municipalities hit hardest by the conflict. Our dollars are feeding the elderly and the nation’s most vulnerable, providing them with necessary medicines, transportation, and emotional support. We are helping to place children from the south in safe spaces, out of harm’s way and are providing food and activities for those that remain in shelters. If you have not previously done so, please donate to our Stop the Sirens effort, and let’s double our existing numbers!

Financial and emotional support, pledges and solidarity rallies, prayers for peace and unified support amongst diverse thinking Jewish community members….this is what American Jewry and our Rhode Island Jewish community does well. I thank and applaud each of you.

With my heartfelt prayers for a better, peaceful future.

Shabbat Shalom,

Shabbat Shalom From the President 07.25.14

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