ISRAEL UPDATE – 7/21/2014


As Israel has sent ground troops to Gaza to try to restore quiet to the country, the situation has become much more dangerous for Israeli soldiers. It becomes even more important for our community to support Israel as it attempts to stop the rocket fire into the country.

This morning, Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ sponsored a rally featuring Senator Robert Menendez, Congressman Leonard Lance, State Senator Tom Kean Jr. and Ido Aharoni, Israel Consul General. Many CBI congregants attended the rally held at the JCC Campus in Whippany.  If you attended the rally and have photos or comments you would like to share, please forward them to


We have added another link to our links with news updates. The daily alert provides a daily summary of news, analysis and opinion articles about Israel and the middle east from around the world. This digest is prepared for the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.


**NEW**  Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs Daily Alert


Times of Israel Live Blog


Haaretz Live Updates


Jerusalem Post Live Blog


YNet News Page for Operation Protective Edge


Israel Foreign Ministry’s Live Blog of Events



We have been asked by congregants how they can help.  There are many wonderful and viable organizations that do good work in Israel, both long term and during the current crisis.  Our list of charities providing services to Israeli soldiers and citizens is just a starting point, and is designed to encourage you to give to the charity of your choice. We have added several organizations since our first update was sent last week:


**NEW**   Hadassah —  Support Israeli Hospital Services


**NEW**   Meir Panim – Fighting Poverty in Israel


**NEW**    Lone Soldier Center in memory of Michael Levin  — Support Lone Soldiers in Israel


**NEW**    Jewish Agency for Israel – Support Families Under Fire in Israel


**NEW**    Jewish National Fund —  Help Israel’s Citizens all over the Country


**NEW**    IDF Pizza – Provides Pizza for IDF Soldiers


Israel Emergency Campaign – Federation’s Stop the Sirens Campaign


The Good People Fund – Center for Children and Family at Risk in Sderot


Friends of the IDF – Israel Defense Forces


Magen David Adom – Israel’s ambulance, blood-services, and disaster relief organization


Please feel free to forward additional ideas to the Israel Affairs Committee at

Finally, we want to remind you that the synagogue is compiling a list of all member families who have children or relatives in Israel.  Please include e-mail and phone numbers, if available.  Please let us know at