Today’s Practical Planning Tips will cover two important suggestions on how to support Israel during this difficult times. First, I will discuss offering your financial support through giving TZEDAKAH and second, I will discuss investing in EDUCATING those who are unfamiliar with the history of the region.
Let’s discuss Tzedakah, or charity, first. There are many worthwhile causes to help Israel, soldiers, hostages, the wounded, and so forth. Israel also needs supplies for the IDF and others involved in the war effort. Great causes to consider include general support to the people of Israel, displaced residents of southern and northern Israel, equipment for hospitals, trauma services, victims of terror, emergency operations and recovery efforts, and the women and children holding down the home front. For specific suggestions for allocating your tzedakah dollars to support Israel, consider exploring the UJA website or reaching out to them directly as they have already given over $50 million to various Israeli causes.
Next, You can EDUCATE students, politicians, and co-workers about Israel: University campuses have become a hotbed of antisemitism and pro-Hamas propaganda. Most young students are driven by emotions, catchy slogans, and the popular grievance du jour, rather than by truth. However, students who are armed with knowledge can calmly explain their position to any receptive audience. While there are undoubtedly students who are antisemites, there are likely many who are just ignoramuses and would be open to learning and the exchanging of ideas.
The Anti-Defamation League and StandWithUs have some pointers on their websites regarding student advocacy for Israel and how to have an impact on campus. There are also other ways of advocating for Israel. This may include peaceful rallies and writing letters to your local politicians. While it may feel like our elected officials have their own agenda, the reality is they like their jobs and can’t totally ignore their constituents. The power of respectful and consistent communication, letter writing, and rallying is a great way to get their attention and illustrate the issues that are important to the community that they represent.