The war in Israel and the continued fighting has left many Jewish community members reeling – locally, nationally and globally. In dire times like these, it’s important to remember the things we can do to support one another.
Here are some ways to help from home.
Donate to The Associated’s Emergency Fund for Israel at War
In the face of growing casualties and destruction, The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore has initiated an emergency fund to help provide support for victims of the war. All of the of funds donated to this effort will go to supporting this life-saving work, according to the organization.
Share Your Support Online
People can post messages of support on the Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership’s Facebook page at facebook.com/BaltimoreAshkelon.
For ease of sharing, people can also use the “Baltimore Stands with Israel” graphic on their personal social media.
No matter how support is shared online, the important part of the message is letting friends and family who are hurting know that they are not alone.
Join the JCC of Greater Baltimore’s Blue and White Campaign
Community members are invited to add blue and white ribbons to their mailboxes or wear them around their wrists to show solidarity with Israel. The ribbons and bracelets have been made available in the lobbies of the Weinberg Park Heights and the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCCs.
According to a JCC spokesperson, the ribbon tables have required continuous restocking. The tables, adorned with Israeli flags, offer “Baltimore Stands with Israel” bracelets, blue and white ribbons and prayer cards which include the “Hatikvah”. The JCCs will continue to restock these items for the foreseeable future.
Offer Support in the Home
Children know more about what’s happening in the world than many would like to admit. Talking to children about complex, scary problems can be difficult – but it’s necessary. Children know something is wrong, even if they don’t fully understand. PJ Library is offering parents support in navigating these difficult conversations. Visit their website to find guidance on how to talk to children about Israel right now and about scary situations in general.
Show Up in Your Community
Attending the rallies, gatherings and vigils being held locally is another important way to show support for your neighbors and receive comfort offered by the community. If you are unable to attend in person, many organizations continue to offer virtual options.
Monitor your email and social media accounts of local Jewish organizations to find gatherings near you.