Temple and Community Response to War in Israel

Oct 09, 2023 / 24 Tishri, 5784

Our community is shaken by the violent attacks in Israel and grieving for the losses suffered by our friends and family here and in Israel.

See below for opportunities to learn more about the situation, donate to efforts under way, resources for talking to our children and more. This blog post will continue to updated as more information becomes available.

Our clergy and staff are here to support you at this difficult time. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to members of our clergy and to Meredith Pryzant, Director of Member Support.

Stay Informed

Times of Israel

Jerusalem Post


For Heaven’s Sake: Israel at War | Special podcast series presented by The Shalom Hartman Institute

Authentic Voices from iCenter | Interviews, conversations and stories across different sectors of Israeli society



Support kibbutz Nir Yitzhak, Israel home of Aya Margalit, Jewish Agency community sh’licha for Temple Emanu-El. Donate here.

Dallas Israel Emergency Community Campaign of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas: Donate here.

Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism: Humanitarian aid to those directly affected in the Gaza region. Donate here.

Jewish Federations of North America: Support for victims, rebuilding damaged infrastructure, addressing trauma. Donate here.

Jewish Agency for Israel North American Council: Assistance to terror victims, long-term rehabilitative support. Donate here.

American Friends of Magen David Adom: Support for paramedics, first responders, first-aid providers, volunteers and staff of the organization. Donate here.

Jewish National Fund | Israel Resilience Campaign: Support for victims, evacuation assistance, front line equipment and support. Donate here.

HIAS | Support for asylum seekers and refugees. Donate here.

MAZON | Emergency Grants to Address Food Security in Israel. Donate here.

Dallas Hebrew Free Loan Association | Provides temporary financial assistance to help loved ones in Israel who are in harm’s way

Hosting Israelis Stuck Abroad | Organization that matches Israelis who are stuck abroad with those who can provide a place to stay

United Hatzalah | Emergency response network of volunteers

Advocacy and Getting Involved 

in Their Light | Eight stories of bravery, offered by the Jewish Agency of Israel, and ways for you to support victims of terror

Blue Ribbon Campaign

Jewish Federations | Contact your elected officials

American Jewish Committee | Contact your elected officials, advocate against antisemitism, address hate crimes and release of hostages | American Jewish Committee

Anti-Defamation League | Resources to fight antisemitism, learn more about the Israel Hamas war and to support victims of online hate

Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism | NCJW | Add your voice to help secure the release of all the hostages in Gaza

Temple Responds Facebook Page | Keep up with rapid-response action opportunities at Temple


Combatting Antisemitism

Legal protection hotline for students and faculty who have experienced antisemitism on campus

Talking to Children

The Jewish Education Project | Talking to children (1-hour video)Talking to teens (1-hour video)

American Jewish Committee | Links to timely articles to understand what is happening currently in Israel

Jewish Education Center of Cleveland | Resource for parents to talk to kids complete with action steps and conversation guides

Kveller.com | Age appropriate ways to talk to your children

National Child Traumatic Stress Network | Guide to how children of different ages respond to trauma and how to help them

Resources for Parents of Young Children (0-5)

Resources for Parents of School Aged Children (6-18)

Mental Health

Blue Dove Foundation | Wellness Resources for the Situation in Israel

Hey Alma: Taking Care of Yourself is a Mitzvah | 50+ suggestions to help keep calm and take a break

Clergy Response

Israel Solidarity Event Message from Rabbi David Stern

Playlist of songs for peace shared by Cantor Vicky Glikin

In God’s [Not Yet Perfect] House, Psalm 27:4 by Rabbi Debra Robbins

“Peace, Please” by Rabbi Karyn Kedar

“No Poetry” by Alden Solovoy