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Living with the constant threat of rocket attack – sirens blaring continuously – is agonizing.  Israelis, known for their resilience, struggle to maintain the rhythms of their daily lives.  View their posts and pictures, stories and videos here.  They are #LivingIt.


We can’t silence them. But we can try and soften their impact on the lives of the children and families living under their blare.

On July 7, Israel launched Operation Protective Edge to intensify defensive efforts against Hamas. To date, hundreds of powerful rockets have been fired on Israeli cities from Gaza. Three-quarters of Israelis lie within their range, but no one is immune to their effects.

No country on Earth would remain passive in the face of hundreds of rockets fired on its cities,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, “and Israel is no exception.” The IDF has mobilized its troops along the Gaza border and called up tens of thousands of reserve soldiers, and the entire country remains on edge.

We are thrilled that our “Stop the Sirens” campaign is being implemented in collaboration with local Jewish Federations, the Union for Reform Judaism and The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and our overseas partners – The Jewish Agency for Israel, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, the Israel Trauma Coalition and other groups.

We in North America stand shoulder to shoulder with all Israelis. JFNA CEO Jerry Silverman is coordinating our efforts in Jerusalem and providing daily updates.

Federations hosted a conference call on July 14 with Ambassador Ron Dermer.

During every time of hostility or need, in virtually every town in Israel, every day, you will find a piece of Federation at work. Helping those who need it the most. Making sure no one falls through the cracks.

With JFNA funding, our partners were able to act immediately. But with the sirens still blaring, they need our ongoing support. Donate today.

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Updated July 21, 2014 6:30 pm EDT.