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We Stand With Israel...We Stand With You




With the disturbing and frightening events in Israel, it has been heartwarming to see so many people in the community, Jewish and non-Jewish, declare that they "Stand With Israel".  Below are some resources you may find helpful as we all navigate this challenging situation.

Do You Need Someone to Talk To?
It is important that we are there for each other, support each other, and check in on people who might need our support.

  • Rabbi Stein and Rabbi Tulik are available to talk with anyone who might find it helpful.  Call the TBK office (585-244-7060) or email to set up a time ( or
  • The Counseling Center at Jewish Family Services of Rochester has comprehensive and evidence-based counseling services for adults and children.

Resources for Parents

How You Can Help

  • Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester is collecting for Operation Swords of Iron, which will provide for immediate and urgent needs such as medical supplies, temporary housing, direct care for first responders, training for emergency teams, and extra security precautions.  Click here to find out more and to make a donation.
  • Magen David Adom provides disaster relief, ambulance service and blood services; it is the equivalent of the American Red Cross.  Click here to find out more about MDA and to make a donation.
  • The Assuta Ashdod Public Hospital is located near the border of Gaza and has been treating many patients over the past few days with an expectation to see even more patients in the coming days. Click here to donate.

  • Sheba Medical Center is receiving significant numbers of wounded who are being treated in the emergency room, intensive care, general surgery, plastic surgery, and neurosurgery units. They are organizing blood donation drives and have opened a new Intensive Care Unit. Click here to donate.

  • NATAL – the Israel Trauma and Resiliency Center, is an apolitical organization providing multidisciplinary treatment and support to direct and indirect victims of trauma due to terror and war in Israel. They are looking for donations to aid in this work. Visit their website to donate

  • New Israel Fund was established more than 30 years ago to advance democracy and equality in Israel. NIF fights inequality, injustice, and extremism because they understand that justice is the precondition for a successful democracy and the only lasting road to peace. They are currently seeking donations for their Emergency Action Plan to meet needs in this moment of crisis. Funds donated will go to: basic care for most vulnerable groups, combating violent speech online, preventing intercommunal violence in mixed cities, and mental health and trauma counseling. Click here to donate.

History & Background

Timeline of the Land of Israel  (from Ancient Israel to the establishment of the Modern State).


News Sources:

  • The Times of Israel - claims to have no partisan political affiliation and to be fair minded in its analysis.
  • i24 News - i24 News broadcasts in English, French, and Arabic and aims to bring "unfiltered, unbiased, global news from where it happens".
  • AL Monitor - Not Israeli, but does contain items from Israeli newspapers - as well as items from newspapers of other Middle Eastern countries.  It is an interesting source of information about the region.

Books: A great way to quickly (or not so quickly depending on which you choose) get caught up on the history that got us to this moment.











Sat, May 25 2024 17 Iyyar 5784