As violence escalates along the Gaza border, with Hamas firing 180 rockets into Israel as recently as last week and setting 7,500 acres of land ablaze with flaming kites and balloons in the last few months, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is stepping in to help.

The Jewish Federation recently announced an initiative to raise $165,000 to fill the gaps where need exists and funds do not, specifically in its Partnership2Gether region of Sdot Negev and Netivot, near the Gaza border.