at War

Our Collective Response

October 7, 2023, will be remembered as the worst attack on the Jewish people since the Holocaust. On a quiet Shabbat morning that coincided with Simchat Torah, Hamas terrorists infiltrated 22 communities and a music festival, murdering 1,200, injuring thousands, and abducting some 240 people to Gaza, including babies, the elderly, and entire families.

To date, UJA has allocated more than $102 million to provide essential support to the people of Israel.

  • $14.3 Million

    Residents of Northern Israel

    To ready the north for a possible Hezbollah incursion, we're providing funding for civilian preparedness, including emergency equipment and training of volunteers who serve in critical community security and first response roles. While many residents of northern cities have evacuated, we are focused on the needs of those who have remained, typically frail elderly and people with disabilities.

    Newer grants to communities 0-5 km from the border are focused on informal education, vulnerable populations, and community engagement.

    GRANTEES: Beit Batya, Beit Jan Local Council, City of Kiryat Shmona, City of Ma’alot-Tarshicha, City of Metula, City of Nahariya, Fasuta Regional Council, Golan Regional Council, Hurfeish Regional Council, Kfar Vradim Local Council, Kisra Sumya Local Council, Maale Yosef Regional Council, Matte Asher Regional Council, Merom HaGalil Regional Council, Mevo'ot HaHermon Regional Council, Rashut HaRabim, Shlomi Local Council, Tel Hai College, The Chamal for Senior Citizens of the North, The Jewish Agency for Israel: Summer Camp Scholarships, The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee – ELKA, Upper Galilee Regional Council; The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee – Early Childhood Trauma Care

  • $13 Million

    Rebuilding Communities

    We are focused on meeting the needs of eight communities that have been recognized by the Israeli government as requiring “intensive care.” They are: Beeri, Holit, Kfar Aza, Kissufim, Nahal Oz, Netiv Ha’hasara, Nirim, and Nir Oz. Uninhabitable for the next 1-2 years, these close-knit communities are also those with the largest percentage of murdered and kidnapped residents. Keeping survivors together in the coming 12-18 months will increase community resilience. We are also focused on communities in the north that have been severely impacted by the fighting on that front. In both regions, our funds will support housing, education, mental health, community, and employment needs. 

    Agro-Terrorism Destroyed. We’re Helping Regrow.

    Motti, a farmer from Be’eri

    Why kill chickens? Why break the irrigation equipment? Why sabotage reservoirs?

    Hamas indiscriminately killed people on October 7. That we know. Less known is how they systematically targeted agricultural infrastructure.

    Danielle Abraham, who heads ReGrow Israel, a UJA grantee, explains what motivated this spiteful brand of “agro-terrorism.”

    The Western Negev, Israel’s breadbasket, produces 70% of the nation’s vegetables, 20% of the fruit, 6.5% of the dairy. Along with disrupting national security, Hamas terrorists had planned to instigate food insecurity.

    Danielle explains how Hamas recognized on some level that Zionism is about Jewish connection to the land. “It’s not a theoretical connection. It’s about working the land, making the desert bloom — and they wanted to break our connection,” she says.

    Hamas failed. Because despite the devastation, the Jewish connection to the land is stronger than ever.

    Danielle credits farmers as the heroes in this story.

    Like Motti from Be’eri, a veteran of the war in Lebanon, who returned to the kibbutz within days of the attack, even while Hamas fighters were still present, to care for the livestock. Now, UJA’s funding to ReGrow will help the agriculture sector come back stronger.

    “Out of every catastrophe — and this is beyond our worst nightmares — we see the opportunity to once again regain our pride in agriculture,” Danielle says.

    Israel will bloom even greener and more abundantly than ever before.

    GRANTEES: Kedma, Project Horizon, Rebuild Israel – A President’s House Initiative, Regrow

  • $12.3 Million

    Trauma Support and Rehabilitation

    There is dire need for professional trauma care, especially for those who have lost loved ones, families of hostages, survivors of October 7, those who are injured, first responders, soldiers, marginalized populations, and social service teams. We are mobilizing social workers and trauma professionals, funding recruitment and training for trauma specialists and hotlines, and supporting education departments as they care for students and teachers. We’re also supporting specialized care for survivors of the Nova music festival.

    Adama Tova: Where Parents Mend Hearts and Find Solace in Each Other

    Menashe shows a picture of Omri

    Friends described 28-year-old Omri Ram as a “North Star” who guided the way for others.

    Omri, who loved sports, travel, and music, was one of 400 vibrant young people viciously murdered by Hamas at the Nova music festival, which was billed as a gathering promoting peace and love. His parents, Menashe and Merav, felt isolated in their grief. And then they discovered Adama Tova (Good Earth).

    The brainchild of Einat Haimovich, a social worker and longtime member of the trance music community, and her partner, Yiftach Shahar, Adama Tova was created as a place where broken parents could come find hope and healing. Located at the couple’s moshav just south of Tel Aviv, it’s one of the newest initiatives UJA is funding as part of the more than $85 million we’ve allocated for Israel to date. 

    Some 50 volunteers come to help in numerous ways — from serving hot soup to incorporating Tibetan sound bowls into meditation and body work and art therapy.

    Omri’s father shared how he found community at Adama Tova.

    “In the beginning after Nova, we were all alone,” Menashe recalled. “We got support from family and friends, yes, but we had to experience the loss and feel it all by ourselves. Adama Tova was the first place we went where we could just breathe easier.”

    “Sometimes, in the circle of parents we met with, we would even find ourselves laughing,” he said with wonder. “I had forgotten how to laugh.”

    In Menashe’s eyes, Einat and Yiftach are “like angels on the ground.” 

    Einat says, “People describe Adama Tova as a second family, and it means a lot to me that we can help so many people, as difficult as it is to watch people struggle with their grief and trauma. October 7 didn’t end for so many people, and we have to continue to be there for them.”

    GRANTEES: Center for Trauma Recovery, Chamah, Dror Educational Centers, Enosh, Israel Mental Health Association, ERAN - Emotional First Aid by Telephone and Internet, Eshkol Regional Council, HaGal Sheli, Healing Space, Homiyah Shalvata Psychiatric Hospital, Ichilov Hospital, Israel Trauma Coalition, Mashabim: Community Stress Prevention Center, Mazor Mental Health Center, Metiv Herzog Israel Center for the Treatment of Psychotrauma, NATAL - National Israel Trauma Center for Victims of Terror and War, Nazareth Hospital EMMS, Nova Survivors Exhibit, Our Brothers, Partnership with the Ministry of Education, Project 24, Rambam Health Care Campus, SafeHeart, Schneider Children's Medical Center, Shar Hanegev Regional Council, Sheba Hospital, Shomrim Center for Media and Democracy, Slowness Tribe, Sunflowers, Tamar - Education, Social & Health Services, Tech for Israel Fund, The Adamah Tovah "Good Earth" Healing Center, The Adler Institute, The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, The Jewish Agency for Israel, The Nova Community, Yemin Orde Youth Village’ Assure the Children, Israel Children’s Fund, Our Children Our War, Adi Negev Rehabilitation Center, UJA-Benin Scholars Program

  • $11 Million

    Residents of Southern Israel

    • Our funding is supporting trauma support, providing frail elderly and others who cannot leave their homes with essentials, supporting activities for children and teens, and providing emergency cash assistance. We've focused on the needs of vulnerable populations, including people with disabilities and those who are ill.
    • Additionally, we're providing aid to replace communities' essential security and emergency services infrastructure and equipment; assisting agriculture businesses that have sustained tremendous losses; granting access to interest free loans for individuals, nonprofits, and small businesses; and mobilizing student volunteers across the southern region.
    • Our funding is supporting trauma support, providing frail elderly and others who cannot leave their homes with essentials, supporting activities for children and teens, and providing emergency cash assistance. We've focused on the needs of vulnerable populations, including people with disabilities and those who are ill.

    GRANTEES: Afiki Orot, Aharai, AKIM Israel, Aleh-Ezer Layeled Hameyuchad, Avnei Derech La’Haim, Ben Gurion University in the Negev, Brothers and Sisters for Israel: Civic Situation Room, Center for Deaf and Blind, City of Ashkelon, City of Eilat, City of Ofakim, City of Sderot, Early Starters, Eshel Chabad, Eshkol Regional Council, Hof-Ashkelon Regional Council, Israel Association of Community Centers, Israeli Youth Villages Hosting of Evacuees, Jordan River Village, Kedma, Kibbutz Kfar Aza, Kibbutz Nir Oz, Larger Than Life, LATET - Israeli Humanitarian Aid, Leket Israel, Lev Chash, NATAN Worldwide Disaster Relief: Collaboration with Clalit Health Services, NATAN Worldwide Disaster Relief: Ofakim, Netiv Ha’asara, Nirim, Rashut HaRabim, Regional Council of Hevel Eilot, Sdot Negev Regional Council, Shaar Hanegev Regional Council, Shahaf Foundation, Shalva - The Israel Association for Care and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, Summit Institute, The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, The Independent Movement, The Jewish Agency for Israel: Summer Camp Scholarships, The Kibbutz Movement, Women’s International Zionist Organization, Women’s Spirit, Adva Center, Future for the Otef, Kav LaOved/Worker’s Hotline (KLO), The Habayta Forum

  • $8 Million

    Evacuees and Shelter Cities

    • At one point, as many as 120,000 Israelis who previously lived in southern or northern communities were ordered by the government to evacuate their homes. Evacuees have fled to cities that were not well-resourced areas before the war and are now buckling under the strain of absorbing tens of thousands of temporary inhabitants. Our funding is focused on cities housing the largest number of refugees: Eilat, the Dead Sea area, and Tiberias, as well as Nazareth, which is hosting evacuated Israeli Arabs. We are supporting reliable and stable educational programming and activities for youth.
    • For evacuees from Ethiopian Israeli other immigrant communities, we are funding a range of culturally sensitive initiatives, including trauma care.

    GRANTEES: Access Israel, Agricultural Youth Movement ("Haihud Haklai"), Association for Ethiopian Jews, Atidim, Bnei Akiva Israel, Dead Sea, Branco Weiss Institute, Brothers and Sisters for Israel, Eilat: Krembo Wings, Dead Sea: Co-working Space and Community Center for Adults, Dead Sea: Israel Association of Community Centers, Dead Sea: Tamar BeLev Youth Complex, Eilat: Israel Association of Community Centers Safe Tent, Eshkol Kinneret Amkim, Gesher, Hashomer Hatzair, Hebrew Scouts Movement in Israel, Mashabim: Community Stress Prevention Centers, Nazareth: Ajiyal-HaShomer Hatzair, Olim Beyachad, Shahaf, Tene Briut Association, The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, The Jewish Agency for Israel, The Jewish Agency for Israel: Bnei Menashe Community, The Jewish Agency for Israel: Young Adult Olim, The Network Center, Tiberias: Branco Weiss School Network, Tiberias: Israel Association of Community Centers, Yad Sarah, Yedidim for Youth and Society, Yeladenu, Yesodot Lezmicha Dror

  • $7.3 Million

    Economic Recovery and Employment

    With many businesses throughout Israel struggling to survive, our funds are being used to support interest-free loans. We are also helping Israelis with physical and psychological injuries resulting from October 7th and the ensuing war to stay engaged in the workforce.

    GRANTEES: AJEEC and Tamar Partnership, JDC Tevet, JFNA Loan Fund, Ogen: Free Loan Fund,Amutai, Ben-Atzmi

  • $7 Million

    Hospitals and Medical Equipment

    The need for lifesaving equipment has been greater than what hospitals in the south of Israel have on hand. In parallel, the Health Ministry has prioritized emergency preparedness of medical facilities in Galilee and Golan. Funding ensures hospitals remain well-equipped.

    GRANTEES: Afya, Baruch Padeh Poriya Medical Center, Barzilai Medical Center, Galilee Medical Center Nahariya, Poriah Hospital, Samson Assuta Ashdod Public Hospital, Shamir Hospital, Soroka Medical Center, Yoseftal Hospital – Eilat, Ziv Medical Center

  • $6.4 Million

    Care for Injured Soldiers and Their Families

    With 360,000 reservists called to join soldiers on active duty, we're working with nonprofits on the ground to provide essential help and humanitarian aid. We're also providing funds to support injured, non-active soldiers and the well-being of their families. As the death toll from the ground operation rises, we are focusing funds on caring for families who have lost loved ones.

    GRANTEES: Association for the Wellbeing of Israeli Soldiers, Achim L’Chaim – Brothers for Life, American Friends of LIBI, Brothers and Sisters for Israel: Civic Situation Room, Chasdei Lev, Egoz Amuta, HaOgen, Help Israel,Hilma, IDF Disabled Veterans Organization, IDF Widows and Orphans Organization (IDFWO),Israel Guide Dog Center for the Blind, The Israel Parasports Center, Keren Lev Otef, Lev Echad, The Lone Soldier Center in Memory of Michael Levin,Maglan, Medison Aid, Navy Seals, Oketz Veterans Foundation, Oz Leadership for Life, The Partners of Fallen IDF Soldiers, The Shaldag Foundation, Tozeret Haaretz, Upper Galilee Regional Council, Yahalom Foundation, Yashar LaChayall, Belev Echad, Noor-Druze food collective supporting soldiers in the north

  • $4.9 MILLION

    Emergency Response and Recovery

    In the earliest days of war, ambulances needed supplies, medics needed protective gear to treat victims even while rockets were incoming, and the bodies of those who died needed to be collected and cared for with dignity. We also supported cash grants to assist victims of terror within 48 hours of the attack. And we ensured the specialized needs of Holocaust survivor who required immediate food, medication, and medical care.

    GRANTEES: AMCHA Emergency Hotline for Holocaust Survivors, Aviv for Holocaust Survivors, Foundation for the Welfare of Holocaust Survivors, LeMaanam - Physicians for Holocaust Survivors, Magen David Adom, The Jewish Agency for Israel: Amigour, The Jewish Agency for Israel: Fund for the Victims of Terror, United Hatzalah of Israel, Yad Sarah, ZAKA - Search and Rescue in Israel

  • $4.6 Million

    Mental Health and Community Resilience

    Strong communities require personal strength and a collective commitment to active engagement with neighbors and in the public square. This group of initiatives focuses on supporting the wellbeing of all Israel’s citizens and recognizes that healing and stability are achieved when individuals are part of meaningful networks of care and connection.

    GRANTEES: Cohen Military Family Clinic at Sheba Hospital, Israel Trauma Coalition, Jewish Agency for Israel – Campers2Gether, Mabua, Partnership with the Ministry of Health, Tkuma, Ben-Gurion University, and Sapir College, Shlavim, and Tamar

  • $3.7 MILLION

    Community Mobilization and Volunteerism

    There has been an incredible outpouring of volunteers coming forward to help. We are supporting the coordination and mobilization of volunteers within Israel so they can best meet humanitarian, educational, economic, and trauma needs.

    GRANTEES: Achvat Torah Situation Room, Amanina, Daybreak, Ezer MiZion, Forum of Foundations, Gvanim Association for Education & Community Involvement, HaShomer HaChadash - The New Israeli Guardians, Iron Sisters Situation Room, Ish Lereeho Olam Hesed Ibane, IsraAid: The Israel Forum for International Humanitarian Aid, Leket Israel: Collaboration with Medison Pharma, Lev Echad, Magen David Adom, Nefesh B’Nefesh Aliyah, Negev Theater, Shoulder to Shoulder Situation Room, Social Delivery, Tene Briut Association, The Association of Milk Producers, The Israeli Volunteering Council, The Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism, The Jerusalem Situation Room, Tikkun Olam Makers, Tzedek Centers, Volunteer Situation Room (Chamal Mitnadvim),Women's International Zionist Organizations (WIZO), Yedidim – Road Assistance, Yesodot Lezmicha Dror, Youth Renewal Fund

  • $3.4 Million

    Strengthening Social Cohesion

    • Bedouins and Arab citizens are among the thousands of Israelis injured and killed on October 7. Many live in the zone that Hamas is targeting, in extreme poverty and without access to fortified shelters. Our funding provides emergency services, trauma support, humanitarian assistance, and mobile shelters. We are also supporting Arab youth volunteers and short-term, informal education programs to provide safe, structured environments.
    • To proactively prevent outbreaks of violence in mixed Jewish and Arab cities, we're funding conflict-resolution and community building partners. We are also investing in efforts to keep university campuses and students safe.
    • The Haredi community has shown an unprecedented interest in serving in the IDF and/or entering the workforce to help fill jobs normally held by reservists who have been called up. UJA has long worked to promote the social and economic integration of Haredim, and there is now a unique window of opportunity to further support this change coming from within Haredi society.

    GRANTEES: 48ers, AJEEC-NISPED, Ajyal Dreams and Fulfillment: Arab Youth Movement, Albiyader, Albiyader, in partnership with “On Guard” Philanthropic Initiative, Atid BaMidbar, Atidna Volunteer Situation Room, Citizen Headquarters, Citizens Build A Community, Gisha, Givat Haviva International School, Haredim Le’Israel, Kerem El - Druze Situation Room, Keshet: First Aid Units, Lana: Disabilities in Bedouin Community, Mahapechet Hakeshev, Mishmar, Haredi Safeguarding Initiative, Mosaica - Religion Society and State, National Committee for Heads of Arab Local Authorities (NCHALI), OR Movement, Regional Council of Unrecognized Villages of Negev, Rifman Institute, Social Venture Fund for Jewish Arab Equality and Shared Society in Israel, Sonduk El Yanabia, The Abraham Fund Initiatives, The Coalition for Haredi Employment, The East Talpiot Community Center, The Jerusalem Institute for Policy Research, Tzedek Center, Hand in Hand

  • $2.7 Million

    Displaced Israelis Outside Israel

    • In the initial days after October 7, we funded flights to bring Israelis traveling overseas back home. Some were needed to assist in humanitarian aid, security efforts, and the rebuilding of destroyed infrastructure. Others were desperate to return for funerals and family emergencies.
    • Israelis living in, displaced in, or arriving to New York have required a host of supports. We are making microgrants to UJA's trusted, local partners to provide a variety of services. We are also providing funds to day schools and yeshivot enrolling Israeli children to cover costs associated with English-language learning, academic tutoring, mental health support, school lunches, technology, transportation, and supplies.

    GRANTEES: Day schools, yeshivot, and social service organizations across New York

  • $1.9 MILLION

    Summer Activities

    We are supporting organized summer activities for youth in the southern and northern regions, both for evacuees and those who are returning to their homes. We are particularly focused on youth ages 12-18, since typically there are limited structured activities available for this population during the summer. We are also supporting four leading national organizations with expertise in dealing with youth-at-risk who will focus on youth who are unlikely to participate in structured frameworks.

    GRANTEES: ELEM, HaBayita-Tkuma Summer School, IACC WOW Center Tiberias, Ma’agalei Shema, Nachshonim Youth Association: Summer Programming in Southern Cities (Ashkelon, Ofakim, Netivot, Rahat), SAHI, Tech for Israel, Yedidim

  • $1.1 MILLION

    Families of Hostages

    Our funding is addressing the mental and emotional well-being of families of hostages and offering direct financial support when necessary. We are also helping to mobilize communities outside of Israel to support the movement to bring every hostage home by supporting the creation of materials for schools, synagogues, JCCs, and other community-based organizations.

    GRANTEES: Bring Hersh Home, Hostages and Missing Families Forum, Lev Echad, Lev Otef Fund for Former Children Hostages

  • $1 MILLION

    Responding to Gender Violence

    Since October 7, the scope of sexual crimes committed by Hamas has been laid bare. Our funding is providing support to direct victims, first responders, and professionals, as well as those collecting evidence and testimonies to document the atrocities that took place.

    GRANTEES: Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel, Deborah Institute for Gender and Sustainability Studies, Galil Golan Rape Crisis Center, The Israel Women’s Network, Latet Pe, The Lev Hasharon Mental Health Medical Center, Magen, Maslan: The Negev’s Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Support Center, New Fund for Cinema and Television (for Screams Before Silence), Tel Aviv Rape Crisis Center, Women’s Spirit

> An additional $9.6 million from a restricted donor-designated fund has been allocated to support long-term recovery in Israel.

UJA has also allocated $6.5 million to meet emergency needs in New York resulting from the war in Israel.

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October 7, 2023

Our Impact

  • 500,000 Israelis have been supported through volunteer efforts across the country.

  • 100,000 evacuees have been helped with our support.

  • 100,000 Jews and Arabs living in mixed cities have received programmatic support to maintain peace and prevent violence.

  • 100,000 Arab-Israelis and Bedouins have received support.

  • 100,000 Israelis have received trauma care.

  • 80,000 residents of Southern Israel have received food, trauma care, medical care, and/or emergency cash assistance.

  • 78,000 first responders received emergency supplies, protective gear, etc.

  • 1,250 businesses have received interest-free loans to date.

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