Boston Stands with Israel

The evening of May 20, Israel and Hamas announced a ceasefire after 14 days of unrest, rocket attacks, and air strikes. As we look with hope toward an end to the conflict — and no more innocent lives lost — we continue to educate, inform, and take action.

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Events and Briefings

TribeTalk: Helping Our Teens Navigate Antisemitism
Wednesday, June 16 | 7:30–8:30 p.m. ET
Virtual event 

Join Dr. Rachel Fish — along with parents and educators — for an interactive conversation about supporting your teens and their experiences with antisemitism on social media and in their community. 


JCRC Speaker Series: Raz Shmilovich
Tuesday, June 1
Virtual event  

Israeli tour educator Raz Shmilovich and his family live in Moshav Netiv Ha’asarah, the closest Israeli community to the Gaza strip and the target of continuous Hamas rocket attacks for the past two weeks. Raz spoke about life on the border, and how residents have had to adapt during outbreaks with Hamas in Gaza. 


Resources for Teens and Young Adults

Tools for Articulating Your Support for Israel Under Fire

Watch the recording of a facilitated conversation for teens and parents, featuring Dr. Rachel Fish. 

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What’s Happening in Jerusalem: A Panel with Miri Eisin, Khaled Abu Toameh, and Ambassador Dennis Ross
Hillel International

Watch the recording of a conversation moderated by Hillel student leaders, Bianca Kermani (University of California, San Diego 2021) and Ben Lefkowitz (Gann Academy grad, Emory University 2022). Together, they explain what is happening in Israel and perspectives on the road ahead for Israelis and Palestinians. 

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News and Media Coverage

CJP Makes $100,000 Emergency Grant to Support Israel 

Friday, May 14 

CJP has approved a $100,000 emergency grant to support people in harm’s way in Israel. Funds were provided to the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and will be distributed to longstanding partners working on the ground in Israel. Of the total grant, $50,000 is designated to support The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), which provides psychological services and offers immediate support to victims of terror. 

Our Community

A quick yet effective message from a Northeastern student, thanking the Biden administration for supporting Israel, shared by the Israel Campus Roundtable. 

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Watch insights from Miri Eisin, faculty of the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, associate at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism, and a retired colonel of the Israel Defense Forces. Introduced by IGJC Co-chair and community leader Lisa Wallack.

Boston Stands with Israel: A Virtual Community Gathering 
Friday, May 14

Watch the recording of our virtual event where leaders from CJP, JCRC, other organizational partners, and Boston’s Jewish community gathered for a morning of words and song. We stood together in support of Israel’s right to defend itself from terror while praying for the safety and well-being of all innocent people – Israeli and Palestinian – who are in harm's way. 

Speakers include: 
Isaac Herzog, Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel 
Rabbi Elaine Zecher, Senior Rabbi, Temple Israel of Boston 
Ambassador Meron Reuben, Consul General of Israel to New England 
Nahma Nadich, Deputy Director, Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston 
Lital Carmel, Regional Director, Israeli American Council 

Hilla Perlman-Pniel, Director of the Boston-Haifa Connection in Haifa, provides an update from Israel and speaks to the power of our sister city partnership.

Friday, May 14 
Only Together

Solidarity Rally in Haifa 

More than 300 Arab and Jewish residents participated in a solidarity rally at Beit HaGefen in Haifa to prevent the escalation of violence. Participants, including the Deputy mayor of Haifa (who is an Israeli-Arab woman) expressed their desire for a mutual dialog, healing, and to build bridges to live as a shared society.