As of June 24, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia has raised $15.8+ million in pledges for urgent humanitarian needs and recovery efforts. 100% of the donations are going to support Israel.

We have already committed $12.2+ million to help communities with basic needs, emergency equipment for volunteer first responders, bomb shelters, and support the long-term rebuilding efforts needed for our brothers and sisters in Israel. Please see the new section below that calls out this support.

Allocations have been focused on, but not limited to, Sdot Negev and Netivot as these communities are the Jewish Federation’s partnership regions, where we have been working with people on the ground in this area for nearly 25 years. They border Gaza, which is the epicenter of the conflict, and have been hotspots of an onslaught of terror.

Our Israel and Emergency Response Committee teams are working to vet all requests we receive, coordinating with national efforts, to fulfill immediate response and long-term rebuilding needs.

Israel will continue to need our support tomorrow and for years to come. Please consider giving to our Philly Stands With Israel Emergency Fund and stand with the people of Israel and Jews worldwide.

Philly Stands with Israel Emergency Funds To DAte

Current needs in Israel include emergency response and basic needs assistance, security infrastructure supplies and refurbishment, and psychological and resilience support for Israelis. Here is a list of our updated allocations sent since opening our Philly Stands with Israel emergency campaign.

The 188th Barak Armored Brigade is an Israeli armored brigade, subordinate to Israel’s Northern Regional Command. Emergency funding equipped 1,000 units with winter gear to prepare for cooler temperatures.

As part of Abraham Initiatives, Home Front Command specializes in civilian protection during crises or war. Emergency funding enabled the organization to create and distribute a video in Arabic for the Bedouin community to prepare and protect Arab citizens during this ongoing war.

ALL4Israel provides emergency help to families and seriously injured citizens in Israel with medical assistance. Emergency funding went toward the organization’s overall emergency relief efforts.

Magen David Adom (MDA) is a nongovernmental agency and Israel’s official representative to the International Red Cross. It is responsible for providing disaster relief, ambulance and blood services. Emergency funding supported MDA’s emergency response efforts.

The American Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is a leading global Jewish humanitarian organization, working in 70 countries around the world. Emergency funding supported life-saving social services for children and youth at risk, the elderly, and people with disabilities. It also provided economic relief for Israelis in distress, including small business owners in the south, and supported psychosocial training for frontline responders.

Asif is a nonprofit organization and culinary center in Tel Aviv dedicated to cultivating and nurturing Israel’s diverse and creative food culture. It is a joint venture of the New York City-based Jewish Food Society and Tel Aviv’s Start-Up Nation Central. Emergency funding provided meals to 6,000 Israel Defense Forces’ soldiers in Netivot and Sdot Negev.

The Association for the Advancement of Residents in the Eshkol Region advances programs in education, welfare and culture to promote equal opportunity for Eshkol’s peripheral communities. Responding to the needs of war, the association dispatched therapists to hotels and evacuation points to create therapeutic spaces for evacuees. Emergency funding provided ongoing trauma support for children.

The Association for the Wellbeing of Israel’s Soldiers (AWIS) is the sole avenue through which donations are directly made to the Israel Defense Forces’ soldiers and units. Emergency funding went towards a simulator to train civilian doctors to become army doctors in the reserves.

Emergency Student Fund
Atidim’s Futures initiative creates and implements innovative educational programs that effectively address socioeconomic disparities to foster a stronger, more inclusive and prosperous Israel for all. Emergency funding went toward the organization’s emergency efforts in Israel.

Robophysics Iron Swords Education Program
RISE is a groundbreaking initiative designed to help high school students (11th through 12th grade) who have been displaced from their homes and, as a result, lack educational and social frameworks. RISE, an adaptation of the acclaimed three-year Technion Robophysics program, is designed to help promote their success through a project- based STEM curriculum that enables them to graduate with excellence, despite the many obstacles in their path.

Emergency funding supported a new cohort of 30 Kiryat Shmona evacuees that will commence in August 2024. 

Ayalim Association promotes the values of Zionism, Jewish identity and young entrepreneurship by running 11 student and entrepreneur villages in the Negev and Galilee regions. Emergency funding supported basic needs, like food, for the influx of displaced Israelis housed in its Ashalim facility.

The Branco Weiss Institute aims to develop educational materials to promote learning and cognitive thinking in schools throughout Israel. In partnership with the Schusterman Foundation, the Branco Weiss Institute created pop-up schools for evacuees in both the north and south of Israel. Emergency funding helped open schools, and hire teachers and social workers.

Bshvil Hamachar is an Israeli nonprofit established in 2009 to relieve IDF combat veterans of the acute emotional and psychological effects of combat related trauma. It also provides tools to help the veterans’ families to support them. Emergency funding aided two programs, which each consist of 15 veterans between the ages of 22-40: immediate psychological support with a three day retreat and full scale treatment with an eight day journey with pre- and post-facilitation meetings.

Camp Kimama is a one-of-a-kind international summer camp held in Israel, with thousands of participants each year, aged 6-17, from 40 different countries around the world. Since Oct. 7, Camp Kimama’s training team initiated, led and implemented dozens of activities and educational content for evacuees from the surrounding communities, including families and children, who are in hotels throughout the country.  Emergency funding was allocated to Camp Kimama to support its 3-5 day summer camp for the children of Sdot Negev, which includes accommodation and provides meaningful experiences, a break from the staying in hotels, safe and protected social space and an opportunity to learn English through the experiential integration of it in daily conversation.  

Kiryat Shmona is a city in the Northern District of Israel. Emergency funding was allocated to cover three months of their Municipal Emergency Security Framework.

Dror Israel provides therapeutic emotional and educational support by establishing makeshift schools and day care centers for thousands of evacuee children and families. Emergency funding provided trauma response support for two weeks for those living in Mitzpei Ramon.

The Emergency Volunteers Project is a disaster relief and rescue organization whose primary mission is to deploy volunteer teams to Israel in times of crisis. Emergency funding deployed 40 American firefighters to Israel. 

First Hug provides support and expert care to babies and toddlers who are hospitalized and without family presence. As the war continues, with parents being summoned for reserve duty and countless civilians displaced, the association has expanded its support networks. Emergency funding supported the training of 60 new volunteers over the course of six months.

Friends of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is a non-political, nonmilitary organization that provides for the wellbeing of IDF soldiers, veterans and family members. Emergency funding went toward its emergency response efforts.

The Gumat Chen HaNegev boarding school in Kibbutz Sa’ad empowers at-risk women and girls. After Oct. 7, students were evacuated to the academic campus at Givat Washington for their safety. Emergency funding went toward a food truck for food preparation and cooking as part of a therapeutic intervention for students. In addition, a culinary professional provided four months of meals utilizing the operated mobile kitchen.

Hadassah Academic College (HAC), located in downtown Jerusalem, is a unique institution of higher education offering students world-class, career-focused degree programs. Emergency funding supported HAC’s emergency response.

The Israel Trauma Coalition (ITC), established in 2001 in partnership with the UJA Federation of New York, provides national response in the treatment of trauma and emergency preparedness and operates 12 national resilience centers. This donation went to ITC’s resilience center in the Jewish Federation’s local partnership region Netivot to respond to the growing mental health and trauma needs.

The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) provides the global framework for aliyah, ensures global Jewish safety and connects Jews to Israel. This donation went to JAFI’s Fund for Victims of Terror, which directs emergency aid to help survivors in the wake of tragedy by providing financial assistance and ongoing care to individuals and families on the road to recovery.

Jewish Federations of North America pooled funds from 146 Jewish Federations to rehab and equip hospitals impacted by the terrorist attacks on Oct. 7. Support ranged from staff to infrastructure and equipment costs. All donations ensured hospitals could reopen and respond to the increased medical needs in Israel.

Keren Shutafut is a partnership with foundations and Israeli philanthropists to address growing conflict between Arab and Jewish communities. Emergency funding was allocated to this organization’s work to alleviate tensions between the two groups while also creating initiatives to foster general inclusion.

Kibbutz Alumim is in the Negev desert of southern Israel, located near the Gaza Strip. Emergency funding went toward kindergarten supplies for evacuees.

Kibbutz Be’eri is in the Negev desert of southern Israel, located near the Gaza Strip. It has been called the “ground zero” of the Hamas attacks, with 100 brutal murders and many hostages taken. Emergency funding went to the Ocean Reef Community Foundation, which supplied household necessities for 100 displaced families, including 350 children.

K’far Aza, situated between the cities of Sderot and Netivot, is in southern Israel and located near the Gaza Strip. Emergency funding helped its residents with rehabilitation and educational needs.

Kafrit K’far Aza is a special fund for K’far Aza workers and their families that were impacted by Oct. 7.

Kibbutz Sa’ad, situated between the cities of Sderot and Netivot, is in southern Israel and located near the Gaza Strip. Emergency funding went toward kindergarten supplies for evacuees.

Leket Israel is the national food bank in Sdot Negev and is Israel’s leading food rescue organization. Emergency funding provided formula for 500 infants for two months, as well as a $620 stipend for 100 families of farmers for two months.

As a result of the Oct. 7 war and the large number of casualties, the Loewenstein Hospital, which was never the main rehabilitation hospital for injured soldiers, has had to care for the ongoing treatment of approximately 100 wounded soldiers and war victims in addition to its regular patients. Most of the injured are in their 20s with various injuries, such as limb amputations, burns, and head injuries, and many of them have been hospitalized already for more than six months. Emergency funding supported the rehabilitation and integration of the wounded into civilian life, including renovating three storage rooms for programming and patient usage.

Netivot, a city in the Southern District of Israel, has been one of the Jewish Federation’s Partnership2Gether regions for more than 25 years. Emergency funding provided basic needs, food for 750 families for two months and equipment for volunteer first responders. The funds also provided two large emergency portable bomb shelters and supplies, such as an emergency generator, air conditioners for bomb shelters, activity kits for 1,500 children while in shelters, and emergency lighting.

Sdot Negev, a city in the Southern District of Israel, has been one of the Jewish Federation’s Partnership2Gether regions for more than 25 years. Emergency funding provided basic needs and equipment for volunteer first responders. The funds also provided 20 emergency portable bomb shelters, 35 air conditioners for new protected spaces for educational institutions and communities, and 32 small emergency generators and educational materials for kindergartens in Kibbutzim Sa’ad and Alumim.

The Michael Levinz”l Lone Soldier Center in Be’er Sheva assists Israel Defense Forces soldiers who do not have family in Israel. Emergency funding provided housing, food and mental health support for reservists.

The Negev Food Lab is a community-based lab dedicated to devising solutions for food, dining and catering experiences within the region. By using research and practical knowledge, the lab’s vision is to improve the health of communities in the Negev and the local economy. Emergency funding secured three kitchen trucks for Kibbutz Sa’ad to enable families and teens to cook together, providing therapeutic benefits and a small sense of normalcy during their displacement.

Olim Beyahad helps members of the Ethiopian Israeli community with employment, residence, education and social life. Emergency funding supported 25 students studying and working remotely due to rocket fire.

The Open University of Israel aims to make higher education accessible to all individuals seeking it. Emergency funding covered 139 student scholarships, totaling $1,000 each, for those evacuated from their homes.

Orr Shalom is a nonprofit organization in Be’er Sheva that cares for children and youth at-risk. Emergency funding went toward psychosocial support for the organization’s two family group homes in Be’er Sheva and toward relocation services for graduate students who evacuated. 

PEF Israel Endowment Funds, Inc. was established in 1922 to collect and distribute money to charities in Israel. Supported initiatives include, but are not limited to, primary and secondary education and the promotion of greater tolerance and understanding between religious and secular communities. Emergency funding went toward the organization’s wartime efforts.

Pitchon Lev’s mission is to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty in Israel by helping with social welfare rights. Emergency funding went toward assisting evacuees in accessing government benefits.

Rachashei Lev, a nonprofit organization in Israel for children with cancer, launched the Iron Sword Emergency Medical Equipment project to acquire and supply innovative and essential equipment to emergency medical teams. Emergency funding secured mobile ultrasound machines to perform rapid triage for medics in the field.

Rahat Community Center is a predominantly Arab Bedouin city in southern Israel. Emergency funding provided 75 computers for children attending school online.

Sahar is a nonprofit that provides rapid, professional and free-of-charge emotional online support to all in need in Israel. Emergency funding was allocated to Sahar’s Outreach Patrol to train 15 new volunteers on how to proactively monitor the web, using cutting edge technologies that scan and analyze hundreds of keywords and phrases every day to locate those in situations of severe depression and suicide risk. Volunteers are trained to recognize signs of distress, address them directly, and offer immediate emotional support and information for followup care.

Sar-El is a nonprofit based in Israel, affiliated with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), that brings foreign volunteers to work alongside IDF soldiers to meet basic logistical needs. Due to the current crisis situation, the IDF has asked Sar El to immediately increase the number of volunteers it brings to Israel by more than 50% – from 450 per day in 2023 to 700 per day in 2024. Emergency funding supported the expansion of Sar-El’s volunteer network.

The Shaldag Unit is a special forces unit under the command of the Israeli Air Force and is considered to be one of the most elite units in the Israel Defense Forces. Emergency funding went towards winter gear for the Shaldag Unit.

Established in 1948, Sheba Medical Center is the leading medical center in the Middle East and an internationally recognized healthcare facility. Emergency funding went toward a new rehabilitation center for soldiers and civilians.

The Shitim Institute Jewish and Israeli Holiday Cultural Archive preserve and rejuvenate the celebration of the Jewish holidays and culture that are meaningful and relevant to all Jews. Emergency funding went toward the costs associated with providing after-school activities for evacuated Kibbutz Sa’ad families, children and youth.

Social Delivery was founded to bridge the gap between discarded consumer goods and vulnerable populations who lack necessary resources. By collecting consumer goods from companies, Social Delivery transports the items to nonprofit organizations that benefit vulnerable populations. Emergency funding went toward one truck for each of the eight evacuated Sdot Negev communities.

Sunflowers is an organization based in Rahat that works with orphans. Emergency funding allowed the organization to open a center for Bedouin youth impacted by the war to receive psychological support.

The Unistream Entrepreneurship Center in Netivot serves as an inspiring anchor of transformative and innovative education for teens from the community. Since the war, Unistream adjusted its programmatic efforts to offer teens activities to be a stabilizing force in their lives through productive routines. Emergency funding received from the Jewish Federation supported community-based volunteering and on-site activities to build resilience, two additional days of experiential learning about entrepreneurship and innovation, and two days of respite. In addition, funds supported the Unistream on Wheels program, an intensive 5-week program for teens in S’dot Negev communities.

United Hatzalah’s network of more than 6,500 volunteer medics help save thousands of lives annually across Israel by providing medical treatment in an average response time of three minutes or less. Emergency funding supported critical assistance to the Israel Defense Forces and funding for emergency response vehicles.

From its inception during the 2006 Second Lebanon War, Yashar LaChayal has been at the forefront of providing humanitarian support for Israeli soldiers. Emergency funding provided winter gear for soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces.

ZAKA is Israel’s dominant nongovernmental rescue and recovery organization with over 3,000 volunteers deployed nationwide, who are on call 24/7 to respond to any terror attack, disaster or accident. To meet the increased need, emergency funding provided forensic identification equipment for volunteers.


To support the multi-year rebuilding efforts needed in Israel, we have started identifying areas of need and corresponding programs. This section speaks to those efforts and will be continually updated as we have additional information about the programs we support.

At the same time as attacks forced thousands from their homes, they also forced closures of businesses across all of Israel. Families are now also struggling with the loss of income as reserve soldiers answer the call of duty. The Jewish Federation is at the forefront of economic relief efforts, and in partnership with the Jewish Federations of North America, this grant will go towards investing in frontline communities and in a fund that makes loans to small and medium-sized businesses. These investments are designed to ensure a resilient and flourishing economy.

Mental Health and Trauma Support: Israel’s evolving mental health crisis is estimated to impact ~9.3M. The level of support needed will depend on the level of exposure to traumatic events. Through our Partnership2Gether communities, we will support programs that meet the increased need for mental health support. Rebuilding of infrastructure and building new emergency response infrastructure to thwart future emergencies.

Jewish Federations of North America are pooling funds for the long-term needs of the northern communities in Israel. This donation is a portion of the funding needed.

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