Israel Crisis Update

SDEROT, ISRAEL - JULY 10: Explosion of Rockets from Gaza and the Iron Dome seen on July 10, 2014 above Sderot, Israel. Due to the recent escalation in the region, the Israeli army have started new deployments at the border with the Gaza Strip and are into the third day of operation 'Protective Edge'.

As rockets continue to be fired on Israel from Gaza, JDC’s emergency response system has been activated to ensure the safety and well-being of the most vulnerable Israelis impacted by the escalating crisis. As we have so many times in the past, JDC stands shoulder to shoulder with all Israelis.

JDC’s network of programs for the most vulnerable have activated their emergency phone chains and are regularly checking in on those they serve, providing for their safety, and meeting their needs as the emergency continues:

  • JDC’s Day Centers for the Elderly in Merchavim, Sdot Negev, and Beer Tuvia are already delivering meals to the homebound and other elderly who rely on the Centers for hot meals.
  • JDC’s Better Together program for families in low-income neighborhoods is creating alternative recreational activities for children in the range of the rocket fire, with an emphasis on activities for children who may have to endure extended stays in bomb shelters.
  • JDC’s Center for Young Adults in Sderot is welcoming children and families to utilize the “safe space” available at the facility, and young adult volunteers are developing activities to occupy the city’s children, who due to the emergency cannot participate in the usual summer activities.

JDC is working closely with Israel’s Ministries of Social Affairs and Social Welfare, Education, and Health; the Home Front Command, and the National Emergency Network. JDC’s experience in responding to past emergency situations in Israel — during the second intifada, the Second Lebanon War, the Carmel Fires disaster, and Operations Cast Lead and Pillar of Defense — is being put to work to ensure that support and assistance can be delivered quickly and effectively.

You can stay up to date with our response on Facebook and Twitter.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Israel at this dangerous time.

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