Kehillat Ma'arav

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Initiatives for Israel


SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR KM’S ISRAEL INITIATIVES! As a congregation, our goal is to contribute $100,000 in direct aid to the initiatives below through financial gifts and in-kind donations. Please see specific instructions for each of these two causes so that your support is counted!

1)     Direct Aid to Kibbutzim. Friends of Givat Haviva, a part of The Kibbutz Movement, has opened an emergency funding drive to immediately address the urgent needs of the kibbutzim that have been destroyed. Kehillat Ma’arav has committed to participating in these efforts, aiming to raise $100,000. Details on how to give toward this critical campaign will be sent via email and snail mail shortly. Until then, you can read more about the Emergency Appeal for Kibbutzim Near Gaza on JGIVE. All checks should be made payable to Kehillat Ma’arav, with “Kibbutzim Support” in the memo line.    

2)  KM’s NEW adopted IDF Troop, Palsar 10, needs our support NOW! It’s getting cold in Israel and the Palsar 10 is requesting items like pants and shirts. Once we have these items, we are moving on to the next Troop, Caracal Battalion. The Palsar 10 is the recon company of an armored division. Palsar 10 specializes in navigating and leading other armored units. They are in the Humvees in front of the tanks. They are also responsible for removing injured soldiers from the field via helivac. They are the heroes rescuing our heroes! The Caracal Battalon is a mixed unit with the largest number of women fighters in a unit.
Adinah Finn, on behalf of the Maman organization is getting donations and supplies constantly. Every time the need of one Troop is met, we move on to the next.
We can contribute in two ways:
1. We can donate directly to Maman by clicking HERE. To include your gift as a part of KM’s initiative, be sure to select “Kehillat Ma’arav Israel” from the drop-
down list. Your donation to Maman is 100% tax-deductible.
2. And/or we can directly purchase items the Troops’ Amazon wish list by clicking HERE. If you purchase items from this wish list, please contact Joanne
Klein in the KM office to ensure the value of your gift is counted in our overall fundraising total. When choosing a shipping address for purchased items, please
choose “Maman Encino.” The Troops are counting on KM for the rest of these items. Let’s not let them down.

3)  Advocacy, education and outreach. Like so many other synagogues around the country, we are compelled to advocate for the safety and support of Israel at the local, national, and state level. AIPAC has put together a user-friendly guide to facilitate calls of gratitude and appreciation for Members of Congress that have taken decisive action and continuing to stand with Israel. Each call only takes 2-3 minutes and is critical in maintaining unflagging support from officials. See AIPAC’s website.

Other organizations to support:

Magen David Adom

Israel Bonds