Operation Protective Edge

Updated at 2:32 PM on July 10, 2014

The Milwaukee Jewish Federation stands in solidarity with the people of the State of Israel and the Israel Defense Forces during Operation Protective Edge, whose sole purpose is to defend citizens by ending the barrage of rockets from Gaza that are aimed at civilian areas in Israel. We have created this portal page to share information about the activities that are occurring in Israel, as well as our community’s response. Please check back regularly.

Support for families with loved ones in Israel

Jewish Family Services has offered to serve as a resource for individuals or families in Milwaukee with children or other loved ones in Israel. If you would like someone to talk to during this stressful time, please contact Beth Shapiro, intake coordinator at JFS, at 414-390-5800.

First person from Israel

Amy & Andrea with Airplane portrait

Andrea Schneider and Amy Kahn on a mission to Israel. Photographed July 9, 2014.

July 10, 2014 @ 1:42 AM (CST) – “Hi from Tel Aviv.  Amy [Amy Kahn, VP of Development at the Milwaukee Jewish Federation] and I had our first experience with a siren this morning.  At 8 a.m. the sirens went off.  There are shelters on each floor of the hotel–we spent about 5-7 minutes in it and then received the all-clear signal.  Surreal.  I had taken a walk on the beach around 7:30 but cut it short because it’s not really fun to be scanning the sky.  And now it’s all back to normal with kids playing, people going to work, sunbathers out, etc, etc.  Just amazing.  I know we are both honored to be here on behalf of our community.” From Andrea Schneider, MJF Annual Campaign Chair

A statement of solidarity

View a statement of solidarity from the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.

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