A solidarity event for Israel was held on Tuesday at Congregation B’Nai Israel in Boca Raton, Florida. The event brought together approximately 1,000 people in search of comfort and support through the community. Among the attendees was Natalie Grunberg, who expressed the importance of coming together with her mother to support her brother, who is currently serving in the IDF (Israel Defense Forces). Grunberg shared her concerns and stated that she constantly texts her brother and immediate family members to ensure their safety.
The event was organized by the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County and featured multiple speakers, including local leaders, who shared messages of resilience and commitment to helping those in Israel. Congregation B’Nai Torah Rabbi Rony Keller expressed gratitude for the community’s presence but also expressed a wish that such events were unnecessary. Attendee Jorge Volinsky voiced his support for Israel and emphasized the importance of unity in the face of these challenging times.
During the event, participants joined together in song and prayer, reflecting on the recent events in Israel. Michael Levin, the president of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, spoke about the impact of the ongoing war on the Jewish community, stating that it is the hardest moment of his adult life. Levin highlighted the need for support and announced the launch of the Israel Emergency Campaign, which aims to provide food, medicine, and shelter for those affected by the war. He urged people to donate to the cause, emphasizing that 100% of the funds raised will go directly to helping those in need.
The campaign addresses various needs, including psychological support, assistance for children, housing, and orphan care. Efforts are already underway to relocate children from the south of Israel to safer areas, away from the threat of missiles and bombs. Levin stressed the resilience of the Israeli people and expressed the unwavering support and advocacy of the Jewish community in the United States.
To donate to the Israel Emergency Campaign, individuals can visit the website jewishboca.org. The campaign will continue indefinitely, aiming to provide ongoing support to those affected by the war.