New York, NY (PRWEB) November 18, 2012
The Jewish Agency for Israel has arranged to take thousands of children and teenagers for respite in different facilities out of rocket range across the country. These respite activities have been organized in full coordination with Israel’s National Emergency Authority (NEA) and the local authorities. Additional Respite activities are being planned for later in the week in partnership with the Jewish Federations of North America.
Concurrently, The Jewish Agency for Israel’s Fund for Victims of Terror is distributing emergency grants to residents who were injured or whose houses were damaged by rocket fire. The Jewish Federations of North America has provided the funding for these grants. The average emergency grant is $1000 USD per terror victim. The grants are intended to help residents with their initial recovery after an attack. In the last few days, representatives of the Fund have visited the homes of families who have suffered from rocket fire and distributed the emergency funds.
In addition to the emergency grants, residents who are recognized as victims of terror by the Israel National Insurance Institute can apply to the Jewish Agency’s Fund for Victims of Terror to receive additional assistance of up to $5000 USD. These further grants are intended to help ease the recovery period and fund additional necessities which are not covered by Israeli government institutions.
The Chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel, Natan Sharansky, said that the assistance provided by the Jewish Federations of North America is a demonstration of the solidarity that Jews around the world feel with the residents of southern Israel. These Israelis have had to cope with an extremely difficult reality for the last few days, dealing with the terrible pain of those who have been injured and those whose loved ones have been killed.
The Jewish Agency’s Fund for the Victims of Terror, which is supported by donations from the Jewish Federations of North America, as well as by foundations and donors across the globe, provides material assistance to victims of terror in Israel. Since the Fund’s establishment in 2002, The Jewish Agency has helped thousands of victims of terror and their families and provided financial assistance of approximately $25 million USD.
About The Jewish Agency for Israel
Investing in a vibrant Jewish future, The Jewish Agency for Israel continues to address the greatest challenges of our People in every generation. We connect the global Jewish family, bringing Jews to Israel- and Israel to Jews. We build a better society in Israel- and beyond- energizing young Israelis and their worldwide peers to rediscover a collective sense of Jewish purpose. At the same time, The Jewish Agency continues to be the Jewish world’s first responder, prepared to rescue and bring Jews home to Israel from countries where they live at-risk. More information can be obtained at http://www.jewishagency.org.