The situation: As of Monday morning, a ceasefire is in effect following a weekend of intense rocket strikes that saw a third of the country under fire. Four Israelis were killed: Pinchas Menachem Prezuazman, 21; Ziad al-Hamamda, 47; Moshe Feder, 68; and Moshe Agadi, 58. May their memories be for a blessing.

By the numbers:

  • 690 rockets were launched
  • 240 rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome, 90% of those were aimed at populated areas
  • 200,000 children in the affected area were kept home from school

Our response: Our overseas partner the Jewish Agency for Israel is distributing emergency funds to 19 people who lost family members, were injured, or whose home suffered a direct hit.

Resilience centers, operated by the Israel Trauma Coalition, a nonprofit created and supported by UJA, activated emergency protocols. Hotlines were opened at all centers and caregivers received new patients and reached out to existing patients. After a rocket hit the Bedouin city of Lakia, ITC’s Bedouin resilience teams jumped into action to provide direct care to the victims, among them many children.

Additionally, ITC’s emergency teams checked in on neighborhood shelters, reporting needs to local municipalities. In Kiryat Gat, the emergency team instructed the local mikvah to close their doors due to the situation. A few hours later, the mikvah was hit by a Hamas rocket.

Another UJA partner, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, operated its “Virtual CIL” (Center for Independent Living), an online community platform and resource for people with disabilities, offering services in Hebrew, Russian, and Arabic.