Caring for Families Impacted by Rocket Fire in Netivot

As Shabbat nears in Israel, rockets launched from the Gaza Strip continue to explode in the south and center of the country, with several hitting residential areas in Ashdod and setting off bomb sirens in Tel Aviv (for the first time since the Gulf War in 1991) and in Jerusalem.

JDC’s Emergency Response Team, which was activated and deployed immediately following the first wave of rocket fire, is on the ground ensuring the well-being of Israel’s most vulnerable, including the elderly, people with disabilities, and youth at risk.

One of those people is Inbal, a single mother of three from Netivot.

When the warning siren began to wail in her city, Inbal moved quickly through her home to get her children and herself to the safety in their building's stairwell. While they survived the attack, their apartment was severely damaged — it was directly hit by a kassam rocket, shattering the windows and destroying much of the interior. But the greatest damage has been the effect on Inbal and her 11-year-old son.

Both were treated immediately for severe shock. Since the attack, Inbal has been physically devastated, fainting and vomiting incessantly; her son is suffering symptoms of post-traumatic stress.

Inbal’s only relief is that she and her children live in a Better Together neighborhood, where she has long been extremely active in this JDC-supported community initiative.

Better Together improves services for children and youth in disadvantaged communities, such as development towns on Israel’s periphery and poor inner city neighborhoods, by maximizing local resources and forging partnerships between residents and those who provide social services.

Through this initiative, Inbal and her children — along with 20 other Better Together families from the neighborhood, many of them single-parent families — are receiving critical support during this distressing time.

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