18 Ways You Can Help Israel!
Israel’s fight is your fight too!
Here are 18 different ways you can help Israel and make yourself feel
good too!. Take at least 5 minutes from your schedule and devote it to
Israel. Here is an opportunity for you to get involved and assist Israel
in their effort to protect our Jewish homeland.
- Attend pro-Israel rallies:
Get involved. Do something. Demonstrate your solidarity with our brothers
and sisters in Israel. Initiate, plan and attend Israel educational
forums wherever they are — synagogues, JCCs, college campuses,
etc. Encourage your friends and family to attend rallies. Show the
world that you support Israel’s right to exist.
- Educate yourself & your children:
Take classes, attend lectures and give your children a good Jewish
education. Our college students are constantly barraged with anti-Israel
here for important information on how your children can respond
to these attacks. Only through Jewish education can you understand
your heritage and why Israel is so important to the Jewish people.
- Stay informed, follow the news:
Every 15 minutes FloridaJewish.com reports
breaking news from Israel and the Middle East. Read the Israeli newspapers
in English or Hebrew. Read the Arab news publications in English including
a critical analysis of what they tell their people. Live radio broadcasts
from Israel in English and Hebrew are also available.
- Spread the word:
here for the myths and facts about the Lebanese war. Learn about Hezbollah and Hamas.
Communicate your knowledge with family, friends and acquaintances.
Send e-mails to everyone on your mailing list. Write letters/articles
to newspaper editors. Call in to talk- radio programs.
- Contact news media & publications:
Many of the TV networks and national/international newspaper organizations
are not giving a balanced view of the present situation. The “left
wing” broadcasters and publications draw a moral equivalency
between the Jews and the Arabs. Much of the reporting is pro-Arab. Learn
how you can monitor and respond to the media, especially to the
smaller outlets or radio shows.
- Get political:
Write letters, make phone calls, send e-mails and faxes in support
of Israel’s right to defend itself. Letters should be sent
to President Bush, the Secretary of State and members of Congress. Click
here for a listing of your public officials.
- Give to Jewish charities and non-profits:
Support organizations that provide relief for the Israeli victims of
this war. There is a comprehensive listing of charitable and nonprofit
organizations in the Israeli
Tzedakah Mall. Contribute to the Israeli Emergency Fund at your
local Jewish Federation.
- Buy Israeli products and services:
Take a virtual shopping spree, Israel-style. Visit the Israeli
Merchandise Mall for an extensive listing of Israeli companies.
Buy Israeli-made products at your local retail stores and food markets.
Remember, every time you buy an Israeli product, you put food on a
family’s table and deliver hope to them.
- Make Simcha contributions:
When hosting a simcha, include a card with the invitation. Ask your
invitees that, at this crucial time, in lieu of a gift, please contribute
to a specific Israeli charity. We can provide you with a list of
worthwhile organizations. Everyone benefits; the invitee feels good
for contributing to Israel, you, the host/hostess, are pleased that
you could assist in raising much need money. Above all, the Israeli
people will greatly benefit from your kindness. It is a win-win-win
to doing the physical mitzvot of attending a rally, writing a letter,
and giving charity, Judaism has a strong spiritual connection to fighting
a war. Historically, not only were Jews on the battleground, but there
were Jews who prayed for our survival. It must have worked since we are
still here and our previous enemies have disappeared. There is no logical
or rational explanation to explain our survival so there must be a spiritual
connection. Select something that you can do spiritually to help.
- Do random acts of kindness:
Show kindness to those you know and those you do not know. A smile,
a hello, holding open a door, or simply extending a helping hand
to someone who needs it. Give of yourself to assist someone in need.
You will really feel good about it! Click
here to show people of all religions that Jewish kindness is
demonstrated daily in every country, every city, and every town.
- Make up a personal prayer:
Say a prayer for all the soldiers of the Israel Defense Force and for
all residents of Israel. Psalms 20, 83 & 130 are traditionally
said in times of distress. The Almighty accepts any prayer given
with sincerity and from the heart.
- Make time to study Torah:
Become more knowledgeable about your Jewish heritage. Click
here to see the Shabbat Shalom Weekly for a contemporary explanation
of the Torah portions.
- Contribute Tzedakah:
Keep a Tzedakah box (pushka) in your home and office and put a coin
in it each day, except on Shabbos. Give each child/grandchild their
own Tzedakah box and teach them the importance of giving to those
in need! Click here to
learn more about the meaning and importance of Tzedakah.
- Put on Tefillin:
If you already put on tefillin every day, encourage a friend to do
so. If you haven't yet, now is a good time to start! Need a reason?
Consider the spiritual connection. Jews throughout the world have
been performing this ritual for over 3,000 years. By taking part,
you become a link in a chain of Jews past, present and future. Click
here to learn more about teffilin.
- Check your Mezuzah:
The mezuzah is the written parchment, not the casing. Get one now!
If you already have one, it may be time to check it to ensure that
the words have not faded. Click
here to learn more about the mezuzah. Contact your rabbi for
the name of a sofer–scribe to check your parchment.
- Call family and friends in Israel:
Call often with positive conversations, not about the war. Your calls
tell them that you are supportive and that they are not alone. These
phone calls will lift their spirit and yours too. Plan what you are
giving to say and give them good news from home. Send a “care” package
with items you think will bring some joy to their lives. Click
here for the best telephone rates to Israel.
- Visit Israel:
Show your solidarity and courage. Join a mission or go to Israel with
family or friends. Israel needs not only your financial support but
it needs your physical presence too! Contact us and we will give
you organizations sponsoring Israel trips.
- Involve your children and grandchildren:
Your children and grandchildren learn from you by example. Teach and
involve them in these activities. Encourage them to do these mitzvahs
on their own and they will make a personal connection with Israel.
Their involvement may be the most important action all of us can
take for ourselves, for our future and for the future of Israel.
It is up to you! Are you remaining on the sidelines or are you ready
to help and make a difference? When you think about it, we need Israel
as much as Israel needs us!
ISRAEL, if not now, when?
PLEASE ACT NOW!
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