Like many in our country and world, the board and staff of The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation are horrified by the attacks on Israel over the weekend, which constitute the broadest invasion of Israeli territory in decades. These targeted attacks on civilians and the escalating conflict have already killed hundreds, injured thousands more, and destroyed entire communities, and their terrible toll only grows with every new report.
We feel the devastating impact of this senseless violence deeply, both personally and professionally. Our hearts are with the victims of these tragic events and with everyone on the front lines of this ongoing crisis.
The Foundation will provide $5 million to support active Israeli grantee organizations in addressing emergency and basic needs among the individuals, families, and communities affected by the weekend’s deadly attacks and this war. With the help of our partners on the ground, we will assess and identify where the needs are greatest to determine specific nonprofits to receive the first round of funding.
While much is uncertain about the road ahead, the Foundation remains steadfast in its commitment to the well-being and safety of the people and communities of Israel. We stand with them, we mourn with them, and we pray for them — and for peace in their land and the broader region.
In the days and weeks to come, we will continue to support our colleagues and loved ones in Israel as they navigate this evolving situation and strive to bring relief to the many who so desperately need it.
As one of our partners has noted, Jewish communities around the world were celebrating the completion of reading the entire Torah on the day of the attack. To mark the occasion, congregations say the following phrase: “Chazak, chazak, v’nitchazek. Be strong, be strong, let us strengthen one another.”
This is our hope and prayer.