The Charlotte Jewish News, November 2023
As we live through one of the darkest moments of Israel’s history, Jewish Federations across North America are working together to collectively raise $500 million to respond to the urgent humanitarian needs in Israel as well as the longer term rebuilding and rehabilitation needs in the months and years ahead. Locally, Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte is doing its part through its local Israel Emergency Campaign by committing to raise $2.5 million toward the collective goal. These numbers are unprecedented in the long history of the Federation system and we call on all to be a part of this historic moment.
100% of your donation will go toward supporting victims of terror and addressing the unprecedented levels of trauma caused by the horrific attacks in Israel.
Donations to the Israel Emergency Campaign will have double the impact thanks to a $500,000 matching gift from Howard and Julie Levine and Lori and Eric Sklut. You can make your donation at jewishcharlotte.org.
“I was in Israel when Hamas attacked,” said Jewish Federations of North America president and CEO, Eric Fingerhut. “Their cruelty was shocking, and the images of their crimes against Jews — the worst since the Holocaust — will stay with me forever. But I have also been privileged to see Israelis pull together as one nation like never before, volunteering their time, organizing relief efforts, and getting the truth of what happened to the world. This moment requires our support, and Jewish Federations will provide it both financially and by mobilizing our communities to sustain backing for Israel in the weeks and months ahead.”
“For over 100 years, even before Israel’s independence, Jewish Federations have been a pillar of support for the Jewish State. We helped build her communities, strengthen her society, and have always been there to support her during her most difficult hours. And we will do so now, during this darkest of moments,” said Jewish Federations of North America chair, Julie Platt.
The message is clear: Israel must have the support it needs to eradicate the terrorist threat and return safety and security to its people, however long that takes and however difficult that may be. We will all work together to make sure this support does not flag.
Israel is facing a crisis on a scale never before seen — and in times of crisis, we stand together. Now more than ever, Israel needs you. Please make your donation to this vital effort at jewishcharlotte.org.