Since the start of Israel’s operation in Gaza tens days ago, the Jewish Agency has been providing ongoing aid to residents of the area under attack. The main areas of focus are:
Fund for Victims of Terror
As of today, the Jewish Agency has issued checks to 41 families, and the number of requests, and the providing of assistance, continues on a daily basis. Those eligible for the assistance are people who have been physically injured or whose homes were badly damaged in a rocket attacks, and is sponsored by the UJC and Keren Hayesod. The grant is used for immediate needs including temporary housing, clothes and other incidentals.
Respite for youth living in the areas under attack
Continuing earlier work in the Sderot area the Jewish Agency is working to provide daily respite to the tens of thousands of children living in the area under attack. Already, 1,000 youth have been taken on a trip to Jerusalem where they toured the city. The Jewish Agency hopes to significantly expand the program in the coming days.
Since the beginning of the Gaza operation, 370 families have offered to host families from the South, with additional offers pouring in every day. Additionally some 150 children participating in Net@, a Jewish Agency computer training program for high school students living in Sderot, Ashkelon and Beersheva, are being hosted at the homes of other Net@ families who reside in the Center and North of Israel.
Computers for kids
With school cancelled in the entire area under attack and children stuck at home, the Jewish Agency has partnered with several Israeli companies, including Amdocs Israel and Electra, to purchase computers and deliver them to families in need.