• On October 7, 2023, during the holiday of Simchat Torah, Hamas terrorists launched an unprecedented attack on Israel from Gaza, firing thousands of rockets, breaching the country’s borders, infiltrating Israeli communities, and kidnapping civilians.
  • Known to date, over 1,229 Israelis have been killed, and thousands more wounded. 410 soldiers have been confirmed killed since October 7. 88 hostages kidnapped and held in Gaza by Hamas have been released. Tragically 139 men, women, and children remain captive. The US confirms that 31 Americans were killed in the attack and there are American hostages being held as well.
  • Jewish Federations of North America have raised over $711 million to support Israel, surpassing the $500 million emergency campaign goal. Already, Jewish Federations have allocated over $242 million through 116 partner organizations and NGOs including the Jewish Agency for Israel, JDC, World ORT, Israel Trauma Coalition, United Hatzalah, Magen David Adom, and Dror Israel. These funds are being put to several immediate and urgent needs, such as medical care, emergency services, evacuation, transport, housing, supporting victims of terror, trauma relief, and psychological support, as well as preparing for medium- and long-term needs. In addition, with 200,000 Israelis displaced, the danger of a multi-front war, and the array of human and economic challenges growing by the day, Jewish Federations are expanding their support in line with the ever-developing needs.




Our Response To Date

  • As of today, the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester’s Israel Emergency Campaign has raised $4,400,000 million from 1,041 donors.
  • Locally, community security remains a core priority. The Federation continues to work closely with local and national law enforcement to safeguard the welfare of our community. We are grateful to local police departments for their ongoing vigilance.
  • Donate to the Israel Emergency Campaign Today.


Our Impact


How The Campaign Funding Will Be / Has Been Used


The Jewish Federations of North America Israel Office, having activated emergency protocols, is working closely with our partners and is in close contact with the Government of Israel and the IDF.


Your support makes it possible for our primary partners the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the Jewish Agency for Israel, World ORT, and Israel Trauma Coalition to respond immediately to urgent needs on the ground in Israel.


The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) PDF

The Jewish Agency for Israel PDF



See a detailed update on allocations here.


Update May 23, 2024


Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Activities

  • Three soldiers fell in battle in Gaza yesterday as fighting remains intense at numerous points across the Strip. In battles in Nuseirat in central Gaza, IDF forces encountered terrorists who were operating out of an UNRWA school. The compound was being used as a storage facility for guns, explosive devices, and mortar launchers, and was subsequently destroyed in an IDF air strike. 
  • Yesterday, acting on intelligence regarding the location of a high-ranking Hamas terrorist who had led strikes on October 7, the IDF prepared an attack on the house in question. As seen in this video, just before deploying a strike, an IDF drone identified a young child approaching the location on a bicycle. The operation was immediately halted as the boy stopped in front of the target's house and the terrorist came out to talk to him. When the boy then rode away from the house, the terrorist walked back inside. At this point, a green light for the attack was reissued, the terrorist was killed, and the child was saved.


Humanitarian Aid

  • Despite the completion and operation of the new floating pier by the US military, the Pentagon said that it has so far been unsuccessful in delivering aid to the Gazan population.
  • See more figures on humanitarian aid here.


Click Here for the complete report.


How You Can Help


Support the Israel Emergency Campaign

Support the people of Israel during this devastating time through our Israel Emergency Campaign. 100% of your donation directly supports the victims of terror, helps rebuild damaged infrastructure and addresses the unprecedented levels of trauma throughout Israel.

Donate to the Israel Emergency Campaign Today


Donate to the Federation's 2024 Annual Campaign

The war in Israel is affecting our entire global Jewish family, including our community here in Rochester. As we continue to support Israel during this critical time, we also have to ensure that the 2024 Annual Campaign remains strong. Our ability to respond to urgent needs in Israel—and those in our backyard—depends on the success of our Campaign.

Please donate here.


Call on all elected officials in America to act and continue speaking out for Israel’s right to defend itself

At this moment, Israel needs the unwavering support of the American people. Join the American Jewish Committee (AJC) in pushing for all federal, state, and local leaders to unequivocally condemn Hamas and stand with Israel against terror.

Take action now. It only takes 30 seconds.


Participate in the #BlueRibbonsForIsrael Campaign

The blue ribbon symbolizes support for the safe return of the hostages taken by Hamas terrorists in Israel, and solidarity with the hostages, their families and all who care about their safety. Wearing a ribbon or tying them to your trees and mailboxes publicly unites you with people of all religions, races, nationalities, ethnicities, ages and generations and demonstrates to the people of Israel that they are not alone and that good people across the globe are with them during this dark time. Pick up your ribbons at Federation.

Learn more here.


A Note on the Donation of Solider Supplies and Volunteering in Israel

While we greatly understand and appreciate the intent, physical donations are not being collected at this time. The Jewish Federations of North America has put together a list of FAQ’s in response to inquiries about equipment donations for soldiers and opportunities for foreign volunteer opportunities.

You can find the Requests for Donations of Equipment for Soldiers FAQs here.

The Overseas Volunteers in Israel FAQs can be found here.

Your donation will help:

  • Our core partners support victims of terror
  • Address the unprecedented levels of trauma caused by this horrific attack

Donation Questions:


Thank you for your generosity and desire to support Israel in her time of need.

  • How is this donation being used?
  • What are some of the immediate needs for Israel?
  • Is this part of the Annual Campaign?


Click Here for the answers to those questions. 



A global unity of solidarity with the hostage and their families #BlueRibbonsforIsrael. Blue ribbons are available at the JCC or click here to order your ribbons.




Click here to view a recording of our Community Vigil For Israel.


Click here to view photos from the evening.

Ways to Give

Every day, we work to provide compassionate, strategic, and comprehensive support, no matter the situation. There is no organization better positioned to do this than the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester.