How to support the people of Israel
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Wednesday 11th October 2023

Israel is in our thoughts and prayers. Here are a range of ways you can support the people of Israel. [List updated 6 December - older ideas follow below.]

  1. Come to shul. Our shuls are saying extra prayers for Israel and standing in solidarity with our people.
  2. Donate. Many Israel charities have launched emergency appeals. Please consider donating at this difficult time. Click here to see a list of charities. 
  3. Pray. Please join us in reciting some prayers for the healing of the wounded, the comforting of those tragically bereaved, the swift rescue of those taken captive and protection from further violence. Click here to see a list of prayers.
  4. Learn. Learn something in memory of those murdered and in the merit of those injured. See what learning is happening in your community or speak to your rabbi or rebbetzen.
  5. Attend an event in one of our shuls. Many of our shuls are hosting events. You can find the full list of all shul events coming up by clicking here.
  6. Look at our social media channels. We will be posting uplifting content about the crisis on our social media feeds. You can follow us on TwitterFacebookInstagram and LinkedIn. Our younger members can also see the content which will be posted by Tribe on their TwitterFacebook and Instagram channels.

[Ideas from October 2023]

  1. Light an extra candle. This Friday night, please join us in lighting a yahrzheit or extra candle before you light your Shabbat candles in memory of all those murdered.
  2. Watch. You can watch our evening of soldiarity with Israel featuring powerful speeches by the Chief Rabbi and the Prime Minister. Click here to watch.
  3. Tell us any names of people wounded. Hundreds of people were injured in the terror attack, including many of our loved ones. Please tell us their Hebrew name and their mother's Hebrew name and we will make sure they are included in shul on Shabbat in the prayer for healing the sick. Click here to submit a name.
  4. Join a Zoom room. Everyone is invited to join South Hampstead Synagogue and Golders Green Synagogue on Zoom to say some Tehillim (Psalms) every weekday. South Hampstead are running theirs on Sundays after 8.30am and Monday-Friday after 7.30am via this link. Golders Green are holding their Zoom call Monday-Friday at 1pm. Join via this link.
  5. Rabbi Michael Laitner, the United Synagogue's Director of Education, has produced a short video asking what lessons can we learn about this crisis from our greatest leader, Moshe? Click here to watch it. Rabbi Laitner has also written a D'var Torah about the situation through the light of this week's sedra of Bereishit, which you can read here.