The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has launched an emergency fund to help victims of the constant barrage of rockets fired by Hamas into Israeli population centers.
“Tuesday night, thousands of children were read bedtime stories in bomb shelters,” according to a statement signed by Woody Ostrow, chair of the board of the Federation, and Jeffrey H. Finkelstein, the Federation’s president and CEO.
“Wednesday, the Nachum family in Netivot emerged from their home bomb shelter — only to find that their home was destroyed,” the Federation’s statement continued. “And Wednesday morning, the 15-second warning siren that rang out in Be’er Sheva was not long enough for a 70-year-old wheelchair-bound woman to make it to a shelter. So for now, she must live in one.
“Hamas’ upgraded military capabilities put the vast majority of Israel’s population within range of rocket fire. But all of Israel is within reach of our work.”
Funds collected through the Federation’s emergency appeal will help take Israeli children out of harm’s way for a day of normal play; provide money and support to help victims of terror to begin rebuilding; and provide food, medicine and human contact to those confined to bomb shelters.
Checks can be sent to 234 McKee Place, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15213. “Israel Emergency Fund” should be included in the memo line. For more information about Operation Protective Edge, please click here.