Israeli charities report no change in donations from US Jews amid Western Wall dispute

 

(JNS.org) Israeli charities are seeing no change in donations from American Jewry following the public dispute between the Israeli government and American Jewish organizations over prayer arrangements at the Western Wall, a new survey has found. 

A view of Jerusalem's Old City. Credit: Shmuel Spiegelman via Wikimedia Commons.

Jgive.com, an Israeli crowd-funding platform, analyzed more than 400 Israeli charities represented on its website. The organizations reported there has been no change in donations compared to previous years.

Most of the donors said they viewed their commitment to Israeli causes as “unconditional” and that Israeli government decision-making “does not mean we will punish those in need of our donations,” according to Jgive.com.

"We are pleased to see that the political debate between Israel and American Jewry has had no effect on donations, but we are not surprised by this" said Ori Ben Shlomo, founder and CEO of Jgive.com.

"People committed to a cause or a charity do so out of concern and generosity,” the group said. “These values do not change because of politics. We created Jgive.com to help Jews in the Diaspora be actively involved in the shaping of Israeli society. We know that American Jews care deeply about Israel and as we see, that commitment will not waver.”

Posted on September 6, 2017 .