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Israel Support Resources for Young Funders

October 18, 2023

We are devastated by the unfolding situation in Israel. We are grieving alongside all of our friends, colleagues and family members and praying for peace. The situation is rapidly changing as new details emerge by the hour.

Slingshot is compiling a list of resources from trusted partners and experts in the field to support you as you navigate how to move your philanthropy in these early days and into the future.

Please continue to check back with this page often as we will be updating this list as we get more information.

GIVE: Lists of Agencies/Organizations

Jewish Funders Network: JFN is in contact with the National Emergency Authority in Israel to identify needs and opportunities for funders to help. While there are immediate needs, there will be many – and probably bigger – needs in the days to come. This is a list of trusted agencies and nonprofits supported by their members both in Israel and the US.

Jewish Federations of North America Emergency Relief Fund: Jewish Federations are responding, working with our core partners to support victims of terror, help rebuild damaged infrastructure, and address the unprecedent levels of trauma caused by this horrific attack. 100% of the funds raised goes directly to the emergency.

The Jewish Agency’s Fund for Victims of Terror has been providing immediate, critical financial aid to victims and their families. We have already disbursed hundreds of grants, arriving with checks within 24-48 hours, and anticipate distributing more, while also following up with long-term overall recovery and rehabilitative assistance.

UJA Federation of New York's Israel Emergency Fund: In the wake of heinous terrorist attacks, UJA is mobilizing urgently needed relief for the people of Israel. Emergency cash assistance for victims of terror. Critically needed trauma counseling. Care for children in shelters. Burial expenses. Funds to relocate people to safer areas.

Two organizations in particular that our community members are funding right now are: 

NATAL: Israel Trauma Center for Victims of Terror and War. This apolitical Israeli organization treats PTSD and other trauma related mental health issues related to war and terrorism

IsraAID: This Israeli aid group known mainly humanitarian work, is accepting donations in support of Israeli communities affected by the fighting. IsraAID is working with evacuees from the South.

LEARN: Resources to help you understand or talk to friends, family, or children about the conflict. 

How to Talk about Israel with Your Children from the Jewish Education Project: Join The Jewish Education Project's Dr. Samantha Vinokor-Meinrath and noted expert Dr. Sivan Zakai for a conversation and the sharing of resources and best practices on talking to children about Israel and the current situation.

Support Suggestions & Resources for Talking to Children 

"Helping Children Cope After a Traumatic Event"

Listen, Protect, Connect - Model & Teach, Psychological First Aid for Students and Teachers by School Crisis Center

Conversations About Difficult Topics by the Anti-Defamation League

How to Talk to Kids About What's Happening in Israel Right Now (broken down by age) by Kveller

Thank you to the Indianapolis JCRC for compiling this list. 

Educational Resources

Israel and the Middle East Resource Guide (includes links to news and analysis)

UnPacked for Educators

Support for Classroom Discussion on the Hamas-Israel War by Institue for Curriculum Services

Questions, Complexities, and Context: Insights into Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict by Anti-Defamation League (ADL)

10 Ways to Have Conscientious Conversations on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict by ADL

Honeycomb: Addressing Crisis Resources for Jewish Teen Philanthropy

Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP): Supporting Our Youth & Teens: Learning & Talking About Israel

Jewish Education Center of Cleveland (JECC): Responding to Crisis

Prizmah: Resources for schools on violence and terrorist attacks in Israel

PJ Library: How to Talk to Your Kids About Scary Situations

PJ Library: How to Talk to Children About Antisemitism

Thank you to the Indianapolis JCRC and Honeycomb for compiling these resources.  

Media Literacy/Misinformation & Disinformation

Resources from A More Perfect Union: AMPU is focused on protecting and strengthening American democracy, including listening to and learning from experts about the importance of media literacy and misinformation/disinformation, especially on social media and in times of heightened tension. These resources come from their learning and work. 

SUPPORT: Ways to Help Non-Profits in the Diaspora

Leading Edge's Guide to Supporting People in Diaspora Jewish Nonprofits During the Crisis in Israel: This brief list of thoughts, ideas, and resources for supporting the people who are the Jewish nonprofit sector at this time.