As the violence continues, despite our hopes for a ceasefire, JDC is continuing to address the needs of Israel's vulnerable at-risk children, youth, young adults and families, the region's elderly and those with disabilities.
The Symposium wasn't a chance to pontificate about future political moves in a highly uncertain time -- it was a unique opportunity to learn about very concrete aid that is being delivered to Jews in their hour of need.
As rockets continue to be fired on Israel from Gaza, JDC's emergency response system has been activated and is ensuring the safety and well-being of the most vulnerable Israelis impacted by the escalating crisis.
"We had the opportunity to meet with the Israeli attaché and the German and American ambassadors. They gave us a perspective of the political situation and the prospects and difficulties facing the new Ukraine government."
Today, we toured Maidan. The square is so much larger than I had imagined. Because it still is filled with tents and surrounded by tires and bricks torn from the pavement, it is easy to imagine it filled with people and police.
How does one answer those questions that children ask when their worlds turn inside out? How, as a parent, do we answer honestly, responsibly -- trying all at once to calm our children, protect them from pain, refresh their sense of personal security, and educate them as committed, responsible Jewish and Zionist citizens of Israel?
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