To give voice to our communal sorrow and hopes for peace we include for your use Prayers for the State of Israel, Prayers On Behalf of Israeli Defense Forces, Prayers for Peace, Prayers in Song, and Modern Readings and Poems on Israel. They may be added to your Shabbat worship, read at home or used to create a “liturgy” for a communal gathering in support of Israel. Click here to read or download the prayers.
With rockets from Gaza striking as far as Ashdod, Ashkelon and Beersheba, and nearly one million Israelis living within range, the IDF Home Front Command has issued new instructions to citizens and released a video showing how to react or prepare for incoming rockets. Citizens as far as Tel Aviv have been ordered to prepare their private shelters.
Hamas has threatened to attack Jewish targets around the world. Danish police have arrested a man for shooting two Israelis in a shopping mall. In Chicago, a firebomb was thrown at one of the city’s oldest synagogues. Protesters in Florida supporting Hamas hurled insults and hate speech.
The Union for Reform Judaism has issued a statement about the latest developments in Israel on its web site, and ARZA, the Association of Reform Zionists of America, has also issued a statement.
What can you do? Here are some ways to advocate for Israel:
Attend the rally noted above
Urge your members of Congress to support Israel's right to self-defense
Support Israel’s right to exist
Advocate for Israel: A Guide
Israel Advocacy Resource Guide
Tools for Advocacy
Resources from the American Jewish Committee
On One Foot
10 Ways You Can Help Israel