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A Prayer for Israel

A Prayer for Israel in this Time of War

by Rabbi Naomi Levy

God, our Strength and Protection, we pray for the State of Israel in this devastating time of war, shock and grief. Our hearts are breaking, God. We pray for the lives of the innocent civilians who have been heartlessly kidnapped by Hamas, bring them home, watch over them, God. We pray for the lives of the soldiers who have been taken captive, we pray for their safe return, shelter them, God. We pray for the souls of the innocent victims who were brutally slaughtered. Send comfort and strength, God, to the grieving. Send healing to the injured, and strength and wisdom to their doctors and nurses. We pray for all our brothers and sisters in Israel in this time of tragedy and crisis. 
Watch over Israel, God, spread Your shelter of peace over the land and over all our brothers and sisters who live there. Shine Your light upon Israel’s leaders, officers and advisers, help them to overcome all divisiveness and to act with clarity and determination. Protect the men and women who defend Israel, let them be safe and may they be victorious over the Hamas terrorists who attacked our people. Watch over them, God. Hear their prayers. Bring peace, God. Let it rain down from the heavens like a mighty storm. Let it wash away all hatred and bloodshed. Peace, God, please, God. 
God of the brokenhearted, God of the living, God of the dead, gather the souls of the victims into Your eternal shelter. Let them find peace in Your presence, God. Their lives have ended, but their lights can never be extinguished. May they shine on us always and illuminate our way.
Amen.

Resources

How to Talk with our Children about the War in Israel

As all of us are reeling from the horrific events of the past three days, and many of us are struggling with how to talk to our children. Please see the above compilation of resources which have been shared from various sources.

ADL Campus Antisemitism Legal Line (CALL)

 

How you can help:

Jewish Colorado

All emergency dollars will go to support efforts on the ground in Israel, aiding victims of terror, addressing trauma issues, and assisting with emergency medical and infrastructure needs.

JDC 

Through their established network of social service programs and centers across the country, The JDC is responding to emergency needs and emerging and long-term social challenges to build a stronger future for Israel. 

FIDF

Your gift to FIDF will go towards critical needs, including temporary fields hospitals, intensive care ambulances, hygiene kits, plasma kits, and the IDF soldiers’ greatest needs.

Jewish Funders Network

JFN is in contact with partners in Israel's civil society, government and army to identify needs and opportunities for funders to help. They are actively compiling a list of trusted agencies and nonprofits supported by their members both in Israel and the US, confirming that the organizations are legitimate, effective, and properly managed.


The Kidnapped Campaign is raising awareness of the nearly 200 people from 6 months to 85 years old, some of whom are family and friends of Bonai members.
Click here for more information.


Kibbutz Nir Oz

Kibbutz Nir Oz in Israel underwent a horrific massacre. In the early morning hours of October 7th, 2023, dozens of terrorists attacked the kibbutz residents who fought them with their bare hands until the military arrived only many hours later. Families hid in their homes trying to stay silent while the terrorists burned their houses down on them. Dozens were murdered, suffocated by smoke or kidnapped to the Gaza Strip. Dozens are still missing.

 The survivors are being evacuated today for an unknown amount of time. Their vehicles were burnt and many houses were destroyed to the ground. Any donation will be helpful. Those interested in transferring money by bank transfer and receiving tax benefits and the required approvals, please contact jonathan@givingtech.org.

 Please Help The Terror Victims of Kibbutz Nir Oz: https://my.israelgives.org/en/fundme/kibbutzniroz


Help Rebuild the Kibbutz Kissufim Community

Kissufim, a kibbutz in Israel founded in 1951, was brutally attacked by terrorists this past week. Adults and children were murdered, some were kidnapped, homes were shot up and burned, and the infrastructure of the community was destroyed.

We, the people of the kibbutz, are committed to continuing our lives together in this beautiful place we've called home for more than seven decades.  We call on everyone who can help to donate to our campaign. Every donation, big or small, will help us support the families of the victims of the attack, rebuild homes and infrastructure of the kibbutz, and strengthen the future of our community.  

Thank you so much for your support:
https://my.israelgives.org/en/fundme/Kissufimofficiel


Help Rebuild the Kibbutz Kfar Azza Community

Kibbutz Kfar Azza is fighting for its life. A thriving tight-knit community of 1000 souls has been decimated, brutally, in less than 48 hours. 

Whole families: brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, grandparents and children - murdered, kidnapped, brutalized. Their homes turned to ash, their lives to dust. These people lost their livelihood, their homes and everything they own, but more importantly, they lost numerous loved ones to one of the worst terrorist attacks in history. Those who survived had to barricade themselves for nearly two days, before being rescued under fire, with only their clothes on their backs.

Now is the time to reach out a helping hand. Help us find the missing and the taken, and help those left behind traumatized and destitute. This will take time. But our community needs help now and in the coming days and weeks, while Israel fends off its enemies in the North and South.

Thank you so much for your support:
https://www.jgive.com/new/en/usd/donation-targets/110326


Other organizations in Israel that ask for donations. These are mostly in Hebrew but have a crucial part in this war:

Natal: https://www.natal.org.il/en/

One Family: https://www.onefamilytogether.org

Trauma for Good: https://www.trauma4good.org/en/home2/

Zaka (rescue and search national service): https://zaka.org.il/

Mada (the national blood bank): https://www.mdais.org/en/donation

United Hatzolah: https://israelrescue.org

Eran: https://en.eran.org.il/donate-online/

Brothers for Life: https://www.brothersforlife.com

Chayal el Chayal - IDF Lone Soldier Home: https://chayalelchayal.org/

Lone Soldier Center: https://lonesoldiercenter.com/

The Base: https://themichaellevinbase.org/

AMEN - a healing center for women survivors of sexual violence: https://my.israelgives.org/en/fundme/Deadsea23

Mon, April 22 2024 14 Nisan 5784