UJA-Federation Responding to Crisis: Kiryat Shmona

By Maxyne Finkelstein, Moshe Vigdor

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), Winter 2010

Three years ago, in July 2006, as rockets were landing by the dozens in Kiryat Shmona, as the forests on the nearby hills were smoldering, and as troops were grouping near the border, Zeevik Bielski and Carole Solomon, chair of the Executive and immediate past chair of the Board of the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), respectively, were touring the scarred, half-abandoned city to consider how JAFI could respond most effectively. Part of the trauma of the war as a whole, and in a place like Kiryat Shmona in particular, was that there was so little preparation for it on both the national and municipal level; a swift response on the ground from JAFI was thus sorely needed. That day Zeevik and Carole realized that Kiryat Shmona was in need of urgent and sustained help ranging from basic essentials to trauma services. They knew that, even if there was an immediate ceasefire, Kiryat Shmona had again moved many steps backward and would take months, if not years, to recover, as this peripheral city claimed none of the advantages of the center of the country. They needed to find - immediately - someone who could shoulder the needs of Israel's largest city along the border with Lebanon, for the immediate and longer term. So they turned to John Ruskay the very same day. This was the beginning of the effort to raise more than $300 million from North American federations individually and collectively.

Topic: Trauma, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Philanthropy and Fundraising, Development, Jewish Federations, Communal Responsibility, Fundraising and Philanthropy, Global Responsibility

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Naron Chalew, Gail

Volume/Issue: Vol.85/No.1

Page Number(s): 171-172

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Kiryat Shmona, Israel , New York, New York , United States

Language: English

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Finkelstein, Maxyne. Vigdor, Moshe. UJA-Federation Responding to Crisis: Kiryat Shmona. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). Winter 2010: 171-172. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=8135


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