Jewish National Fund-USA continues to brief supporters on ongoing Israel situation

“We are talking to people who we work with every day and have worked with for years, and we are going to be there today, tomorrow, and beyond,” said Jewish National Fund-USA Chief Executive Officer Russell F. Robinson. 

Jewish National Fund-USA CEO Russell Robinson. Photo by Dmitriy Shapiro.
Jewish National Fund-USA CEO Russell Robinson. Photo by Dmitriy Shapiro.

Jewish National Fund-USA’s virtual briefing once again updated supporters of Israel across the country on the situation on the ground following Hamas’ brutal series of attacks.

Jewish National Fund-USA president Dr. Sol Lizerbram started the call by thanking everyone for their solidarity and reassuring them that the organization would rise to the occasion. “Whatever happens, we are ready,” he said. “Every dollar raised in this special campaign will go to disaster relief.”

In addition, Ido Aharoni, a senior faculty member at Tel Aviv University’s College School of Management analyzed the conflict, explaining how the attacks are part of Iran’s proxy war. He also explained Israel’s potential responses, with the requirements and drawbacks that go with each. Aharoni also noted the importance of Western allies like the United States and nonprofits like Jewish National Fund-USA in supporting Israel during their darkest hour.

However, the most moving update came from Yedidya Harush, the Head of Halutza, a pioneer community that has lived on the Gaza border since their families had to leave Gush Katif in 2005 due to Israel’s disengagement from the region. Harush discussed the onslaught of terrorism his community has faced, from rocket fire to guns and grenades. Through tears, he described losing several of his best friends who were protecting their community, with others close to him being injured. “In one moment, we had four widows and 15 orphans in the community,” he said.

Yet amazingly, Harush still expressed hope. “We have been through Holocausts, we have been through pogroms, we have been through wars, and we are going to win,” he reassured the audience. “We are going to win because of our unity. Because I am standing and speaking to people who are my brothers, who are my sisters who live 6,000 miles away.”

Finally, Jewish National Fund-USA CEO Russell F. Robinson expressed his gratitude and commitment to supporting Israelis in need, emphasizing the organization’s familiarity with the people and needs of each community. “We are talking to people who we work with every day and have worked with for years, and we are going to be there today, tomorrow, and beyond.” 

To continue supporting Jewish National Fund-USA’s relief efforts in Israel, visit jnf.org/supportisrael.

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