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Dear Friends,

We are in shock.
We are overwhelmed with sadness.
We want to offer comfort and be comforted.

Living so far away, one might feel helpless or alone in their sorrow. We assure you that you are not.

Below you will find resources that, we hope, will allow you to connect with others, learn more about the situation in Israel, and give us strength during these difficult days.

Am Yisrael Hai,
The Temple Emanu-El Staff

 


PRAYER AND CONNECTION WITH OTHERS:

  • Join us for minyan – In times of distress, we gather in prayer to support each other and give voice to our deepest yearnings, hopes, and frustrations. For the foreseeable future, we will be adding psalms and prayers for Israel as part of our daily minyanim.  As a reminder, starting this Sunday, we have additional in-person minyanim. You can learn more about minyan times and formats by clicking HERE.
  • USCJ and our Movement partners will hold a worldwide prayer service for the safety of the captives, the healing of the wounded, the memory of the murdered and the safety and security of IDF soldiers, security and rescue forces and all citizens of Israel. Register HERE to join this global Prayer Service for the State of Israel on Thursday, October 12 at 1pm ET.

 

EMPOWERMENT THROUGH LEARNING

  • Please visit the USCJ ISRAEL RESOURCES to learn about Prayer Resources, Webinars, and Work and Family resources.

 

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

  • The Jewish Alliance of Greater RI has a local campaign set up. Cindy and Mark Feinstein are chairing it, and the link to the local campaign is here.
  • USCJ and our Masorti Movement in Israel are partnering with Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) to send aid directly to vetted nonprofits on the ground in Israel. 100% of proceeds go to Israel, and will also benefit projects linked to our Masorti communities. Please donate by clicking HERE.

 

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS

 

FOR THOSE WHO PARENT AND/OR WORK WITH TEENS

From Ed Gelb, Director CEO of Ramah New England

We have seen from several Day School emails sharing the following (we cannot verify the source but felt it was important nevertheless):

We have been informed that the Israeli government is urging Israeli parents to delete Instagram and TikTok from their children’s phones, as terrorists are expected to release distressing videos of torture and execution of civilian hostages. It is likely that the terrorists will leverage social media algorithms to have these horrific videos shown to those who follow Jewish or Israeli influencers, as the intention of the terrorists is to unleash psychological warfare on Israelis—and on Jews worldwide.

The Israeli government has asked us to do the following:

  • Absolutely do not share these videos or photos.
  • Absolutely prevent your children (and yourselves!) from watching them; they are not suitable for children and will be terrifying.

If you don’t want your children to see these videos, we are strongly recommending that our campers (as well as adult members of our community) delete social media apps such as TikTok and Instagram at this time.  

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